Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Advocacy around ACA and govt shutdown

Family Voices Indiana shares the following announcement from #AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD):
Show Your Support for the Affordable Care:
The launch of the Health Insurance Marketplaces coincides with the end of the fiscal year and Congress has been unable to reach an agreement to continue funding the federal government, with the strongest disagreement over whether to defund or delay all or part of the ACA.  Send a message today to tell your member of Congress that you support the ACA and that they should pass a continuing resolution.
Call your Representative:
  • Visit AUCD’s Action Center to find out the name of your Senators or Representative.
  • Dial the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the office of your Senator or Representative
  • Ask to speak to the person working on Health issues
  • Identify yourself as a constituent and the organization that you represent (if any)
  • Give them your message, then pass this alert along to other stakeholders!
Message: “I am calling to ask Senator/Representative _________ to support the Affordable Care Act and pass a continuing resolution that leaves the law intact ”

Talking Points
·         The ACA is a major step forward for children and adults with disabilities accessing health care – don’t step backward by repealing or defunding the law.
·         The ACA creates or continues programs that encourage states to provide services in home and community settings rather than in institutions. Repealing the ACA would end these programs, and potentially force many people to return to institutions.
·         The ACA insurance reforms mean that people with disabilities can purchase private insurance, some of them for the first time. Repealing the ACA would deny many people with disabilities the opportunity to purchase private insurance.
·         The ACA makes sure that health insurance provides key therapies for children with disabilities – called habilitation – that have hardly ever been provided by private health insurance before. Repealing the ACA would limit access to these important early interventions.
·         Government shutdowns hurt people with disabilities, delaying already long processing times for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits.

Or, email your members of Congress directly using AUCD’s Action Center.

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