The Arc Calls on Advocates to Support Lifeline Programs

Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and other lifeline programs for people with I/DD are under attack. The House and Senate passed a concurrent budget resolution that calls for significant cuts, setting in motion a process to restructure the Medicaid program. It’s time to act! We are calling on our advocates to engage their Members of Congress in support of these critical programs.  Please register your concerns by responding to the action alert posted above.  To assist you with engaging in other activities, The Arc has created a toolkit with tips and key messages to convey.   The Memorial Day recess and the July 4th recess are excellent times to step up our activities by writing, calling or visiting your Member of Congress.

The Arc Calls on Advocates to Support Lifeline Programs

Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and other lifeline programs for people with I/DD are under attack. The House and Senate passed a concurrent budget resolution that calls for significant cuts, setting in motion a process to restructure the Medicaid program. It’s time to act! We are calling on our advocates to engage their members of Congress in support of these critical programs.  Please register your concerns by responding to the action alert posted above.  To assist you with engaging in other activities, The Arc has created a toolkit with tips and key messages to convey.   The Memorial Day recess and the July 4th recess are excellent times to step up our activities by writing, calling or visiting your Member of Congress.

Make Your Mark in March!

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and your opportunity to spread the word about our cause. We’ve got the power to make our mark on the upcoming election if we come together to educate the candidates on our issues and rally others in our community to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Find out more about The Arc’s “Don’t Cut Our Lifeline” campaign and get important public policy information online so you can join us in putting the issues important to people with I/DD front and center on the campaign trail this year.

Time to get back on the phones and say “Don’t Cut Our Lifeline!”

Take Action!

Congress is returning from its August recess this week and between now and Thanksgiving, Members will make momentous decisions about next year’s federal budget and deficit reduction due to the recent debt ceiling deal.

We are urging you to welcome Congress back to Washington with a reminder that we want them to support a fair and responsible budget and plan that protects programs vital to people with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.  They must not balance the federal budget on the backs of people with I/DD – “Don’t Cut Our Lifeline!”

It only will take you a few minutes to call your Senators and Representative and deliver this crucial message.

Click on the “take action” link above and enter your zip code to get their phone numbers.

What should I say?

  • The budget cannot be balanced on the backs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Medicaid and programs that serve low-income people must be exempt from deficit reduction plans.
  • New revenues must be part of the solution.  It’s not possible to reduce the deficit fairly by cutting programs that provide critical supports to people with disabilities and others in need.
  • Share your story!  There is nothing more powerful than sharing your personal experience, so please tell your elected official about your support service needs.
  • Don’t Cut Our Lifeline!

Thank you for letting Congress know that a range of federal programs are truly a “lifeline” to you and your family.

The Arc’s “Don’t Cut Our Lifeline” Medicaid Campaign Toolkit Updated

As Congress and the Obama Administration continue to negotiate a deal to reduce federal spending and increase the nation’s debt limit, The Arc is encouraging people to contact their Members of Congress to urge them to protect Medicaid, a crucial lifeline for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additional materials have been added to our online toolkit to help advocates, including state-by-state resources, supporting data from The Arc’s FINDS survey, and a flyer.