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Federal Update: Congress Proposes Cuts To Medicaid Funding (7/24/17)

There have been many news stories about Congress and health care. Here's what you need to know: It's not over.

  • The U.S. Senate keeps working on changes to health care, which could reduce funding for Medicaid by over $700 billion.
  • The U.S. House said they should cut $200 billion from programs like Medicaid.

The most important thing you can do is to tell your story about what Medicaid, Medi-Cal, and IHSS mean to you. How it helps you to live an independent life. Your member of Congress needs to hear from you so they can make an informed vote about this very important issue.

Write now! On July 29, SCDD Executive Director Carruthers is going to hand-deliver your letter to your member of Congress.

Your Representatives and Senators need to know the impact Medicaid has on people's lives - and they need to know now.

  • For many adults with developmental disabilities, Medicaid is their health insurance. It pays for care from doctors, specialists, and hospitals, as well as prescriptions.
  • California, like all states, receives Medicaid funding to help pay for the cost of long-term supports that people with developmental disabilities receive. Medicaid currently pays approximately half the cost of many community services through Regional Centers.

Members of Congress know that Medicaid provides health coverage but may not realize all the other things Medicaid does, like funding In-Home Support Services (IHSS). Tell them how Medicaid helps people to live independently and free to make their own decisions.

Take these 3 easy steps:

  1. Think about "Why Medicaid Matters to Me."
  2. Share your story and image here -- briefly tell and show us how Medicaid helps you live independently and free to make your own decisions. For example, how have Regional Center services helped you stay healthy, get or keep a job, live on your own, or do the things you want.
  3. Email this to all people you know or members of groups so they can tell their story too.

The American Health Care Act 

The House of  Representatives voted on May 4, 2017 to approve the American Health Care Act, it now moves to the Senate for a vote. 

Learn more about the proposed American Health Care Act and it's impact on individuals with developmental disabilities in California. 

Read the ARCA* Federal Funding Statement  (April 10, 2017)

"DC Currents" from ARCA

January, 2017: With a new President and a change in Administration, the *Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) has begun to compile "DC Currents," fact sheets that outline the impact that certain changes at the Washington DC (federal) level may have on individuals and families served by the Regional Centers in California.