Action Alert - Medicaid, SSDI Under Attack in Washington
May 19th, 2015
From The Arc of the United States
Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are lifelines for millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. These programs provide supports, services, and income that enable many people with I/DD to live in the community, and assist many families in supporting children and adults with I/DD. Any cuts to these vital systems could be devastating. In Congress, Medicaid and SSDI face the potential for major cuts:
- Majorities in the House and Senate have voted for deep cuts to Medicaid and fundamental structural changes that would eliminate the entitlement to services and undo the system of supports and services for people with I/DD.
- Congress must act by the end of 2016 to prevent a 20 percent across-the-board cut in SSDI benefits – but instead, on day one of the 114th Congress the House passed a rule creating hurdles to making the financial adjustment needed to prevent benefit cuts. And in both the House and Senate, Members have proposed bills to cut SSDI and create new barriers to work for SSDI beneficiaries.
This summer is a critical time. Congressional leaders plan to write legislation to implement the Medicaid cuts, and will continue to consider action that puts SSDI at risk.
Educate Yourself on the Issues
The Arc of the United States developed a toolkit explaining why it is important to engage with your Members of Congress, and provides information to share in your calls, emails, or in person. Resources include:
- Why is It Important to Talk to Members of Congress
- What Can You Do to Help Protect the Lifeline
- What are the Key Messages to Share with Your Member of Congress
- Community Living Fact Sheet
- Social Security Fact Sheet
- Social Media Guide
- Medicaid Data Sheets for All 50 States and DC
Your voice can make a difference. Members of Congress must hear from people with I/DD and their families at this important time.
- Review The Arc’s new advocate toolkit for ideas on how you can take action, and to learn more about the issues.
- Please write to your Members of Congress. A sample letter is available here.
- If you hear back, please share your response! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of any response that you receive.