Americans with Disabilities Share their Medicaid Stories with White House and Capitol Hill
Community members show the face of Medicaid
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Negotiations over deficit reduction and the debt ceiling could have a profound impact on Americans with disabilities and their families. Proposed cuts to Medicaid threaten to eliminate vital services.
On Tuesday, July 12, Americans with disabilities and their family members will meet with officials in the White House and on Capitol Hill to share their stories and fight to preserve Medicaid.
"If you see Medicaid only in terms of numbers or names of programs, you miss the point. Medicaid touches real people’s lives. It’s about people who contribute to their communities and live the lives all Americans deserve—that’s the strongest argument to preserve Medicaid."
–AAPD President & CEO Mark Perriello
Anna Liebenow, who was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2000, uses a wheelchair. Medicaid, provides an aide who assists with transfers in and out of the wheelchair—which enables Anna to volunteer extensively in her community, work, and lead a full, independent life.
To read Anna's story, click here.
Micah Hetrick is 22 and has Down syndrome. His mother, Sue, works full time and cares for him. Micah, who recently received his high school diploma and volunteers in his local library, has the assistance of a provider through Medicaid. Thanks to this service, Sue can work to support the family and Micah has access to opportunities that he otherwise would not.
To read Sue and Micah's story, click here.
"Without this assistance, I would be at home to full-time ensure Micah’s health, safety, transportation, and quality of life. If I weren’t able to work, I would end up on public assistance. And it’s as simple as that."
Linda Guzman is raising her 17-year-old son, Javi, while working full-time to support their family. Javi, who has autism and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, receives services through Medicaid, including an aide to be with him while Linda is at work, training in the life skills he needs to achieve greater independence and reach his potential, and medical care.
To read Linda and Javi's story, click here.
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