From American Association of People with Disabilities 5/25/11
Urgent Action: Tell Your Senators the House-passed 2012 Budget Proposal Hurts PWDs
The Senate may vote on the Budget Resolution tonight
Dial the Capitol Switchboard 1-888-245-0215 [toll-free] or 202-224-3121 and ask for the office of your Senators. Message to Senators:
• Please vote NO on the House-passed Budget Resolution.
• People with disabilities disproportionately rely on government services to live, learn and work in their communities. These services assist many people with disabilities to live independently in the community avoiding costly institutional care and increasing the opportunities to work and pay taxes.
• This budget proposal would set rigid limits on Medicaid and food stamps/SNAP, resulting in a 35 percent cut for Medicaid by 2022 and an almost 20 percent cut in food stamps.
• Starting in the second decade, the House budget would turn Medicare into a voucher program, doubling the burden of payment for its beneficiaries.
• Over 10 years, it would slash $4.3 trillion in needed services, about two-thirds of which help low-income people.
What is at stake?
Medicaid – The proposed plan shifts the cost of Medicaid to low-income consumers, including people with disabilities, and cuts the program by a third over the next 10 years. The proposed plan converts Medicaid to a block grant which will cap funding regardless of health care cost inflation over time.
>>> For More on how the proposed Medicaid Block Grants will hurt PWDS
Medicare – The proposed plan eliminates the current Medicare structure and transforms the program into a voucher system. It shifts the cost of services to the beneficiaries, almost doubling amount that individuals pay out of pocket for their ongoing health care.
>>> For More from the Congressional Budget Office on the effect on Medicare
Health Reform – The proposed plan repeals and defunds the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including programs that are vital for people with disabilities. For example, the CLASS Program and and the Community First Choice Option are two ACA provisions targeted at expanding home and community based options for people with disabilities.
>>> For More on the ACA provisions for PWDs that are at risk
Call toll free: Dial the Capitol Switchboard 1-888-245-0215 [toll-free] or 202-224-3121 and ask for the office of your Senators.
What Should You Say?
• I am a constituent with a disability or parent/caregiver of a person with a disability. (Briefly describe your situation, if you like.)
• The House-passed budget plan will take funding from programs that are critical to people with disabilities and will hurt me and/or my family.
• Please vote against the House-passed budget proposal.
– Thanks to NVRC, Fairfax