Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MEDICAID MATTERS

FV Indiana is very concerned about the extensive damage that may be done to the Medicaid program as part of the efforts to reduce federal deficit spending. Congress, the administration, and the media need our help to better understand what crucial supports and services the program provides families of children with special health care needs. Your story about how Medicaid Matters to your family can paint a vivid picture for our elected officials and others in the community.

Family Voices is launching a Medicaid Matters campaign to share real stories with: members of Congress; the Administration; media outlets; the Family Voices website; Facebook; Twitter; and, where applicable, YouTube. This is YOUR chance to put families in a positive and human light in order to demonstrate the value of Medicaid programs.

Please consider making a short video of a family scene (for example, video of children playing, in school, and/or receiving therapy), while describing the benefits of Medicaid on the audio. Videos should ideally be no longer than a minute. Using smartphones to record is fine as long as the image and voice is clear.

There will be nothing more powerful in this debate
to preserve the Medicaid program than the pictures, images, voices and stories of the families we serve.

We understand that not everyone will be able to make a video and that it is difficult to tell a story in just a few seconds. Photos are a fine alternative, if available. In any case, the most important element is families sharing their unique stories. If you do not feel comfortable putting your story in writing, we would be happy to talk to you and write down what you tell us.

Stories gathered in writing should ideally be around 100-150 words. It is not necessary to disclose medical histories but rather what is critical about the services the individual currently uses.

For more information please refer to the instructions to follow when telling you story and a release to sign so that Family Voices has permission to use your story and any images you provide.

Stories and pictures collected should be emailed to wbyrnes@familyvoices.org with contact information so we can follow up directly with you.

If you have a video to share, contact us so we can assist with getting it loaded onto YouTube and the Family Voices website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions as we are happy to help.

WE NEED TO RECEIVE THESE STORIES NO LATER THAN JULY 5th if at all possible.
The stories you send will be representative of the many children and families who cannot participate.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN SUPPORTING THIS CAMPAIGN.

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