Faces of Medicaid
Americans with Disabilities & their Families Meet with White House Officials and Members of Congress on Capitol Hill
Negotiations over deficit reduction and the debt ceiling have significant implications that could have a profoundly negative impact on Americans with disabilities and their families. Proposed cuts to Medicaid threaten to eliminate vital services. Americans with disabilities and their family members met with officials in the White House and on Capitol Hill to share their stories and fight to preserve Medicaid.
Statement from UCP President & CEO, Stephen Bennett, in response to President Obama’s statement: July 15, 2011
We applaud the President for calling for solutions that preserve vital lifelines for people with disabilities and their families, who want to continue to contribute to the nation’s health and economic recovery. Gutting Medicaid is not the answer to our economic woes, and we thank all those on both sides of the aisle working to defend the most vulnerable in our country.
President Obama’s statement during today’s press conference about debt and deficit reduction talks:
- Video on C-SPAN: 26:36, http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/ObamaonB:
- “So my general view is that if the American people looked at this, they’d say, boy, some of these decisions are tough, but they don’t require us to gut Medicare or Social Security. They don’t require us to stop helping young people go to college. They don’t require us to stop helping families who’ve got a disabled child…”
- Official transcript from The White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/15/press-conference-president
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The Case for Inclusion
UCP’s annual The Case for Inclusion report ranks the 50 States & DC on Medicaid services for individuals with disabilities. The 6th annual report finds progress in Medicaid services, but that nearly 33,000 Americans with ID/DD still live in 162 large, state-run institutions. Read the 2014 report for full information.
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Sharing their stories, community members show the face of Medicaid.
Medicaid is a fundamental lynchpin for people with disabilities to live and work independently in communities across our nation. To eliminate this vital support is short-sighted and wrong — Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy