|The MVP 20,000 Challenge: ANCOR Members to Send 20,000 Contacts to Capitol Hill by December 23|
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (a.k.a. the “Super Committee”) has been charged with cutting $1.2 to $1.5 trillion from the deficit over 10 years and must propose specific federal spending cuts by November 23. Entitlements, especially Medicaid, and other disability discretionary spending are marked with targets for the Super Committee to slash. (about the committee) Following the November 23 proposal, Congress must take a vote by December 23 on whether to implement the Super Committee’s recommendations.
To win this battle, we must show that Medicaid is not just a number on a ledger to be slashed, but is an essential part of the lives of people in every community across America. We must challenge our elected leaders to respond not to the “prize” of billions cut from a budget, but to the human stories we know all too well. This is the time for each of us to reach out to our networks—providers, individuals with disabilities, Direct Support Professionals, families, donors and other allies—and enlist their support in making the case that Medicaid Values People (MVP).
How? Personalize a letter to your member of Congress. ANCOR is challenging its members, Direct Support Professionals, and individuals with disabilities and their families to send 20,000 messages to Congress by December 23. This is your first opportunity to makes steps toward that goal.
Use the letter below to talk about Medicaid. Personalize and be specific! Members of Congress have asked that ANCOR members talk about what cuts would mean to individuals with disabilities access to services and the job loss that would befall your community.
Send the message that Medicaid is a lifeline for millions of individuals with disabilities, and cuts would result in less jobs and spending right in your state and Congressional district. Make sure the country knows how close to home Medicaid is.
Medicaid funds make possible vital, life-transforming supports and services to people with disabilities. Cutting these funds will have devastating effects on individuals with disabilities, their families and their local economies.