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March 23 Action Alert: Health and Human Services funding cuts

advocacylogowebThe Minnesota legislature has proposed significant cuts to funding in Health and Human Services. The Senate plans to cut $335 million and the House plans to cut $559 million. These cuts will have negative effects on access to services for people with disabilities. If this concerns you or a loved one, contact both your legislators and the legislative leaders at the Capitol. Let them know how their proposed spending cuts will impact you and other people with disabilities.

WHO TO CONTACT
Click here to find your legislators.

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March 14 Action Alert: No to Medicaid Caps and Cuts

advocacylogowebMarch 14, 2017: IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
U.S. Congress slated to introduce significant cuts to Medicaid that will affect individuals with disabilities. If you oppose Medicaid cuts, contact your legislators.

WHAT
Congress is on a fast track to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacting people with disabilities and to make drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. The level of cuts over time would decimate the Medicaid program.

The House of Representatives is moving quickly to push for a vote by the end of March. The Senate is planning to vote on the House bill before the mid-April recess.

People’s health, services, and lives are at stake. We urgently need advocates to reach out to their Senators and Representatives and tell them to keep ACA provisions impacting people with disabilities and to protect Medicaid. Advocates need to explain why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families.

Message: Do not cut and cap Medicaid.

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Feb. 24 Action Alert: Medicaid/Medical Assistance cuts

advocacylogowebFeb. 24, 2017: IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
U.S. Congress slated to introduce significant cuts to Medicaid that will affect individuals with disabilities. If you oppose Medicaid cuts, contact your legislators.

WHAT
At the beginning of next week (Feb. 27-Mar. 3), the United States House of Representatives is anticipated to introduce a plan to drastically reduce Medicaid funding to states as part of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare).

In Minnesota, Medicaid is known as Medical Assistance (MA), and is a critical mechanism that ensures healthcare coverage and services for people with disabilities of all ages, the elderly, children, and low-income adults.

Currently, federal Medicaid funding provides an open-ended commitment to help states cover Medicaid costs for all eligible individuals. However, congressional leaders have stated that they are looking at capping individual reimbursements to a fixed amount per person, or offer block grants to states that could potentially not cover the necessary expenses. Either approach would result in a devastating cut in Medicaid spending at the federal level, which would force Minnesota to cover the costs of insuring the most vulnerable individuals from the state budget. Without an increase in state taxes to cover these costs, the likely result is more limited access to needed services and longer waiting lists.

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2017 MNCCD legislative agenda

advocacylogowebThe Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities has annouced it's 2017 legislative agenda, which includes Consumer-Directed Community Supports, Individualized Living Options, and Medical Assistance Spenddown. Click here to link to the MNCCD website that features the complete list of 2017 legislative agenda items.

Olmstead Plan and Employment First

Employment opportunities for Minnesotans with disabilities are expanding through the Minnesota Olmstead Plan and Employment First Policy. Many Minnesotans with disabilities “choose” unemployment and under-employment because they do not have access to the information and experiences they need to make an informed choice about employment in the regular workforce. Click here for information on the Olmstead Plan and Employment First Myths & Realities.

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