Public Policy and Legal Advocacy

Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Medicare and civil rights laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are lifelines for people with I/DD and their families, providing benefits, supports, and civil rights protections that help make community living possible.

In 2017, The Arc calls on all advocates to join us in reaching out to the President and Congress to educate them on the importance of these lifelines and to urge them to preserve – not cut -- these essential programs and civil rights laws.

These federal programs provide the key to community living and inclusion for people with I/DD across the nation. Now more than ever, we must join together as a collective movement to ensure that our lifeline programs and civil rights are protected.

On this page, you’ll find resources for education and advocacy: The Arc’s Lifeline Toolkit. Check back often, as we’ll be adding new tools throughout the year. And sign up for The Arc’s Disability Advocacy Network to stay informed and know when to take action when it counts!
 

Lifeline Toolkit:

Fact Sheets

Get Involved - Help Protect the Lifeline

State-by-State Resources

  • Families USA fact sheets outline what’s at stake in each state - for example, how many people stand to lose health insurance coverage if the Medicaid expansion is eliminated.
  • The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities fact sheets and interactive slider show how much progress the states have made in covering their uninsured residents and how much would be lost if the ACA’s coverage expansions are eliminated.
  • The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities State Profiles and Create a Chart provide longitudinal financial and programmatic trends in intellectual and developmental disabilities services (for example, the average daily cost of care in large state-operated institutions versus community settings).

Stories

  • Share your story with ACA coalition partners on why quality, affordable health coverage matters to you.

 

 

 

 
 

Other Policy Resources

ABLE Act Resources
State Legislation
State Implementation
Info Sheet (Long)
Info Sheet (Short)

National Policy Matters Publications

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