Advocacy

In light of the growing concern about the federal rule changes issued by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to its Home and Community Based Services program, Bittersweet and many other advocates are taking action.   

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Many of you may have heard about the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA).  This bill represents a significant shift in the overall funding structure of the Medicaid program and places the supports and services we provide to individuals with autism in serious jeopardy.  The proposed AHCA will put 417,000 Ohioans with disabilities at risk of losing essential services that allow them to work and live in their communities.

The proposed AHCA is passing through the Senate and will be voted on by the end of this month.  If passed, Ohio could lose $48 billion in federal funding for Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and financial assistance for marketplace coverage. 

This would have a huge impact on those that we serve!  The next 10-14 days are critical.  Please help us in defending essential services for people with autism and disabilities.

So, what can YOU do to help?

  1.  Contact Senator Portman, who has been identified as a crucial Senator who could sway the vote.  Please call, email, or ask to meet him in person.
    1. Senator Portman, Rob
      1.                                                                            i.      https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=contact-form
  2. Reach out to friends, families, and colleagues and ask them to reach out to their Senators.
  3. Key Messages:
    1. Please do NOT support the AHCA
    2. Please do NOT allow Medicaid funding to be cut.  Per Capita Caps would devastate the program on which people with autism and disabilities rely on for healthcare and community services
    3. Please do NOT allow states to opt out requiring health care plans to cover basic health care and keep it affordable for people with autism, disabilities, and pre-existing conditions

If you would like to learn more about the impact AHCA could have on those we serve, please follow this link: https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/ohio/

THANK YOU all for redefining what is possible and positively impacting the lives of those with autism!