Use this site as a resource as you navigate proposed changes to the Medicaid system and its potential impact on I/DD services, especially our workforce.
Speak Up for Medicaid!
The Senate is working on a new version of the AHCA - make sure it does not harm people with disabilities! Your Senators will be in your states during Memorial Day weekend, from May 26 to June 4, so scroll down for educational materials and tools to help you TAKE ACTION.
If you want to really demonstrate to your Senators how important Medicaid is to you, come to Washington DC on June 6 for ANCOR's Capitol Hill Advocacy Day! Sign up here.
Resources to Understand and Explain the Issue:
- Why the AHCA is Harmful to the Disability Community: This one-pager explains how the House version of the AHCA affects people with disabilities and providers. Use it to learn about the issue and print out extra copies to give when you meet with Senators and/or their staff.
- Easy to Understand Medicaid Explainer: Courtesy of ASAN, here is a plain-language toolkit which explains Medicaid (including what it does, pays for, and what are waiver services).
- ANCOR Introduction to Advocacy Webinar: Slides that will help you prepare for any Congressional meetings, including what to expect and messaging you can use. This will be particularly useful for those planning on flying into D.C. for ANCOR's June 6 Advocacy Day.
- Additional Resources - protectmedicaid.org put together a large collection of informative materials on the AHCA and additional coalition efforts, which will further enrich your understanding of the issue.
Materials So You Can TAKE ACTION:
Schedule an In-District Meeting: To help you with your Memorial Day Weekend advocacy, we have prepared a new sample in-state meeting request that you can download in Microsoft Word, personalize and then copy into an email. It can be used by self-advocates, families and providers alike. We also prepared a list of in-state scheduling staff whom you can write to in order to schedule a meeting.
Invite Your Member of Congress to Visit Your Agency: Senators are always on the look out for photo opportunities with their constituents, so one way to make your advocacy compelling is to invite them to visit your agencies. For this Memorial Day weekend, we updated our template for a site visit invitation, also in Microsoft Word so you can easily download and personalize it in the highlighted areas. Use the contact list of schedulers shared above to invite your Senators to come see your work firsthand.
Attend a Town Hall: Because of the opportunity to interact directly with your Member of Congress and ask them questions, participating in town halls is a very effective way to bring attention to your concerns. You can find out when the nearest town hall will be held next to you through the Town Hall Project. Please consult our townhall instructions and a sample comment to prepare. The comment was updated to reflect the same messaging as the one-pager on the AHCA above.
Call Your Members of Congress: Congressional offices value advocacy that takes more effort, and phone calls are a quick but influential way to show you are committed to this issue. Click here for a script, instructions to call your Members of Congress' Washington, DC offices, and a tool to call their in-state offices nearest to you. We have updated the content to match the message in the email action tool linked to above.
If you are participating in our June 6 Advocacy Day: Use this list of DC Senate schedulers to arrange meetings as soon as possible - please send one email per office (a total of two emails). You may also want to consult this list of Congressional staff who work on health issues and cc them in your meeting request so they can join the meeting. They are the ones who are knowledgeable about the issues. Here is a sample DC meeting request you can use. Please keep in mind that you will be a more effective advocate if you treat these staff and staff lists with respect and courtesy. Here is a map of Congressional buildings you might find helpful. Contact Ms. Doris Parfaite-Claude, Government Relations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the fly-in.
Stay tuned for more advocacy content and opportunities!