1. Call your members of the House of Representatives and Senators directly OR call through the U.S. Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask for the member's office. To find out who your Representative is, go to www.house.gov, and put in your zip code. For Senators, go to www.senate.gov.
Tell the receptionist who answers:
"I am (your name), and I live in (town or city). I am a constituent of Representative/Senator ____________ and a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. I am (a person with a disability; a family member of someone with a disability; a professional in the disability field).
I am calling to tell the Representative/Senator:
- Do NOT repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement that maintains or improves coverage and protections.
- Do NOT allow restructuring and cuts to Medicaid to be part of an ACA replacement.
- The ACA and Medicaid help me/my family member to have health care and community-based (school-based) services.
Message 1: Do NOT put a per capita cap on Medicaid!
- Losing home, community-based, and school-based services and supports.
- Losing other critical services such as personal care, mental health, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative services. If funds become more scarce, states may decide to stop providing these services altogether.
- Shifting the costs to individuals or family members to make up for the federal cuts. The costs of providing health care and long term services and supports will not go away, but will be shifted to individuals, parents, states, and providers.
Message 2: Do NOT repeal the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with disabilities!
The ACA is the most significant law for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act:
- Because of the ACA, health insurers can't deny health insurance if you have a disability, chronic condition, or pre-existing condition.
- Because of the ACA, there aren't arbitrary financial limits to how much health care you can get in a year or in your lifetime.
- Dependent individuals with disabilities can remain on their parents' insurance to age 26.
Thanks for your advocacy and support of those with disabilities!