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ACTION ALERT!



TOLL FREE NUMBER AVAILABLE FOR TWO DAYS TO CALL 
FEDERAL LAWMAKERS.  USE IT TODAY!





This ALERT was prepared and distributed by the 
National Down Syndrome Congress.  APSE members 
are encouraged to join their battle against 
budget cuts and share a strong message to Federal 
lawmakers about the importance of Medicaid to 
employment and independence! 

YOUR HELP NEEDED - FURTHER CUTS THREATENED

Call Your Senators - Tell Them to Protect People with Disabilities 

Today and tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14 and 
Wednesday, March 15) you can use this number, 
toll free to contact your Senators -- 
800-459-1887.

Background

Congress is working on next year's federal 
budget.  The first step in the process is the 
budget resolution, an outline of federal spending 
for the next year.  The budget resolution sets 
the total dollars to be available for all the 
services funded by the federal government, and 
also sets tax levels (including tax cuts, if they 
choose).   The budget resolution does not make 
decisions about individual services, but if the 
total is set too low, it will force cuts later 
on. 

As early as the week of March 13, the full Senate 
may take up its version of the budget resolution, 
with the House expected to take it up early in 
April.  It is extremely important that advocates 
tell their Senators not to set the funding totals 
so low that harmful cuts are inevitable.  If 
these totals are set too low now, the only way to 
increase them for needed services when the actual 
figures are being determined is to cut another 
important service. 

Action Needed

Call each of your Senators and give them this message:

        Oppose any budget resolution that forces 
harmful cuts in education, community-based 
services, housing, and other services for people 
with disabilities. 

Below is a piece submitted by an NDSC board 
member that illustrates the importance of funding 
for services.

David is 27 years old and has Down syndrome.  He 
lives in a community setting with another young 
man with Down syndrome. Both are employed, but 
neither makes enough to meet all of his expenses. 
Neither could live independently or hold a job of 
it were not for the supports that Medicaid 
provides.  Both are supported at work by job 
coaches and receive a moderate level of support 
to engage in their  community, pay bills, shop 
and to handle other routine household tasks from 
staff whose wages are paid by Medicaid.

Importantly, if it were not for the fact that 
Medicaid allows both young men to hold down jobs, 
both young men would demand far more extensive 
services
at public expense. With Medicaid, they are able 
to offset many of their expenses and return at 
least a portion of the public dollars provided 
via the taxes they pay.

We could likely support our son out of pocket, 
however, we will not live forever. There is every 
chance our son will out live both my spouse and  i
by 20 to 40 years. We have looked long and hard 
at whether we could develop an estate plan that 
would underwrite our son's expenses through his 
lifetime
and, no matter how we look at it, at some point 
the funds run out. It is our hope that, by 
learning to live independently and increasing his 
job related
skills, David will ultimately become largely self 
reliant. That cannot happen without Medicaid 
support.



For more information, APSE Members call Celane 
McWhorter, 703-683-1166 or [log in to unmask]