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Health Care Under Threat Again

Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Ron Johnson have released their health reform proposal, the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill would have many of the same devastating impacts as previous repeal bills already rejected by the Senate, such as:

  • capping and cutting Medicaid, converting the traditional Medicaid program to a per capita cap for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children, and ending the expansion;
  • allowing states to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions; and
  • cutting health coverage and raising premiums and out-of-pocket costs for millions.

For more information on how this proposal could affect people with disabilities, click here.  Seventy-five disability organizations have also signed a letter opposing to this proposal.  Here is the latest breakdown of state-by-state estimate of changes in federal funding.

What you can do:

1. Call Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Tammy Baldwin to share how these cuts would be harmful to people with disabilities.

2. Submit comments by email (GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov) for the one hearing that has been scheduled on this proposal.

3. Share your stories on social media and with local media of how this proposal would harm people with disabilities.

To contact your Senators:

The main Capitol line: (202) 224-3121 OR

Senator Johnson: • DC office: 202-224-5323 • Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 • Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Senator Tammy Baldwin: • DC office: 202-224-5653 • Madison office: 608-264-5338 • Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

To submit comments for the hearing:

The hearing is scheduled for Monday morning at 1 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee. If you wish to send in comments, email them to GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by Monday morning to ensure they are received before the hearing.  You can however still send them in up until 2 weeks after the hearing.

 

Job Posting – Advocate/Ombudsman

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Advocate/Ombudsman for the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program for adults with disabilities. This position provides assistance and advocacy to adults enrolled in Wisconsin’s publicly funded long term care programs for a statewide disability rights agency.

Please click here for more information.

This position is located in Menasha.

DRW is an EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to hr@drwi.org by noon on Monday, September 18th, 2017.

Take a Minute for Medicare

Take A Minute for Medicare articles help you know more about your Medicare coverage. This issue is about Medicare’s Special Enrollment Periods.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

There’s No Place Like Home Awards Nominations Open

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking nominations for 4 awards to be presented at the Ruby Anniversary Gala on October 14, 2017: Home, Wisdom, Heart & Courage.

Submit your nominations today!

DRW Board Listening Session at Mole Lake in Crandon – Sept. 15, 2017

The Board of Directors of DRW extends an invitation, particularly to tribal members, to come share concerns and challenges for people with disabilities and mental illness.  Please see the flyer for details!

Listening Session at Mole Lake in Crandon

ASL Invite Mole Lake Listening Session

 

Access to WI Medicaid Survey for Children 0-21

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and share with other families.

Access to WI Medicaid Survey for Children 0-21

While Wisconsin Medicaid includes many services helpful to children with disabilities or special health care needs, some services are under-used and access to other services will be changing. Survival Coalition and Family Voices of Wisconsin are interested in your family’s experience with Medicaid prior authorization as well as your use and understanding of a Wisconsin Medicaid benefit for children called HealthCheck Other Services. Please share your family’s experience over the past year. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and individual answers will remain confidential.

Click here to take the survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/WI-Medicaid-PA-Survey

To learn more about insurance prior authorizations and HealthCheck Other Services see the Family Voices fact sheets on Insurance Prior Authorization  and HealthCheck Other Services

Disability Rights Wisconsin Supports Senate Health Care Vote

Disability Rights Wisconsin applauds all U.S. Senators who voted against recent health care reform bills to cut and cap Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill passed in the U.S. House in May and the numerous bills recently set forth by the Senate contained devastating cuts to Medicaid, rolled back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and would have led to loss of health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.

Read DRW’s full statement here

 

National Call to Action-Save Medicaid

Tomorrow, July 21st, is a National Call-In Day to #ProtectOurCare and #SaveMedicaid.

Thank you for your advocacy so far – you are being heard! Even with this great advocacy, we are hearing the Senate plans to vote on the “Motion to Proceed” to move forward with health care reform – as soon as Monday (7/24/17). Please continue to raise your voice:

  • Call your U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin and please tell them to “vote no” on a motion to proceed and “no” on any of the health care bills currently before the Senate.
  • Remind them there has been no public input into the reform process – and it is moving too fast without enough information.
  • Share a 3 paragraph story and a photograph or a 90 second video on Facebook or Twitter with your U.S. Senators about how these bills will affect people with disabilities, their families, and their communities.
  • Tell your friends and family to do the same!

Both bills will cut the Medicaid program, lead to millions losing health insurance, and end protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

For the Better Care and Reconciliation Act (BCRA): The latest Congressional Budget Office report shows that there would be $756 billion in Medicaid cuts (still a 26% cut by 2026 and a 35% cut by 2036), and 22 million people would still lose coverage under this bill.

For the repeal but not replace bill (ORRA): The latest Congressional Budget Office report shows there would be a $842 billion cut in Medicaid and 32 million people would become uninsured.

How to Call:

Senator Johnson: • DC office: 202-224-5323 • Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 • Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Senator Tammy Baldwin: • DC office: 202-224-5653 • Madison office: 608-264-5338 • Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

To compare all health care reform plans, check out: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/18/537868412/health-care-the-risks-of-repeal-without-replace

Job Posting – Office/Administrative Coordinator

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full time Office Coordinator to lead the administrative team in our Madison office. Successful candidates must exercise considerable discretion and good judgment, as well as the ability to interface and work with agency staff across multiple offices and with a diverse population of clients. The ideal candidate must be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative tasks, supervision and be able to work independently and confidently under pressure. Associate’s degree in Business or Office Management. Minimum 2 years experience supervising, office management, strong attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

Please click here for more information.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to hr@drwi.org by 5 pm, Monday, August 7, 2017. Position will remain open until filled.

Stories of Wisconsinites Who Use Medicaid

Please read What Medicaid Means to Wisconsin to learn how nearly 1.2 million Wisconsinites use 20 Medicaid programs in our state.