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Action Alert: Protect the ACA and Medicaid

This document was developed to assist you in understanding how significant changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could affect you and your family. It is important for you to understand what is included to help you make informed decisions. We know and are aware that for many families, the ACA was cost prohibitive. There are still protections and benefits that affect many children. Family Voices of Indiana is gathering stories from families to provide as education to our members of Congress. If you would like to write a short story on how these changes would affect your family, please email it with a picture to By sending your story, you are granting permission to submit to members of Congress. US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Senators for Indiana are Senator Donnelly and Senator Young. Find your Representative here: Time is of th

Update: ACA replacement, Medicaid, ABLE, CHIP

from National Family Voices: ACA Replacement Legislation After the March 24 cancellation of a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) - the House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - it seemed that efforts to repeal and replace the ACA were on the back burner for the foreseeable future. But, last week, the legislation seemed to rise from the dead. At the beginning of last week, Vice President Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill to see if an agreement could be worked out with the House Freedom Caucus, the group of conservative Republicans who had objected to the AHCA. The administration proposed allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to let states waive certain ACA provisions, particularly the requirement that insurance plans cover ten "Essential Health Benefits," and the "community rating" requirement, which prevents insurers from charging higher rates to individuals with pre-existing conditions. But the Cau

TASH Town Halls on Advocacy and Public Policy: How Does What Congress is Proposing Affect People with Disabilities?

Medicaid is one of the most complicated programs in U.S. government, but TASH can help!  This Thursday TASH is starting a series of monthly Town Hall webinars an d Teach-Ins. The series will be hosted by Tia Nelis and will use plain language to talk about what is at stake for people with disabilities in the issues as they come before Congress.  This month will be Medicaid.  May will be education.  June is to-be-determined as we see what Congress does next.  The webinars are free to all. Learn more and sign up here:

Harmful Health Care Bill is Coming Back – Call Congress Now

from Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities: Action is needed during the Congressional recess (April 10-21) to stop the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from moving forward.  This is the bill that proposes to gut the Medicaid program through per capita caps and block grants and repeal many provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are critical to people with disabilities. On March 24 th , House Speaker Ryan declared that there were not sufficient votes for the bill to pass the House of Representatives and the bill was pulled.  This week, Members of the House of Representatives and the Administration are renewing the talks and proposing harmful changes to gain enough support for passage of this dangerous bill. The AHCA repeals major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and many of its critical protections.  It cuts $880 billion out of the Medicaid program and uses it to help pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, corporations, and providers.  The Medicaid changes are part