Help Save Lifelines for North Carolinians with Disabilities
Two programs people we support rely heavily on, Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), are facing heavy cuts in 2016 if Congress doesn’t act.
More than 12,000 North Carolinians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receive Medicaid home and community-based services.
“Medicaid is an essential lifeline for most people with significant disabilities,” said Monarch and Arc of Stanly Advocate Jeanette Wilhelm. “Medicaid is overwhelmingly the largest funding source of long-term individual and family supports, and for the increasing number of individuals with disabilities living with aging parents, Medicaid will continue to be essential to meet their future need for long term supports and services.”
During summer recess in August, Congressional leadership will be back in their home states writing legislation surrounding the Medicaid and SSDI cuts, and disability advocates will have the opportunity to meet with them and shape their decisions.
Advocates like Wilhelm and the The Arc of the United States are calling on people with I/DD, their families, friends and direct support professionals to take the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress during August to let them know how important these lifeline programs are in providing vital services and supports.
Face-to-face meetings offer members the opportunity to connect with people with I/DD, to learn about their national legislative priorities and to make connections in the work they do in Washington.