Save Affordable Health Insurance for Individuals with Disabilities  

At the federal level, action is underway to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Of concern for
people with disabilities will be the ability to retain coverage for preexisting conditions.  Congress is at
significant odds with itself on deciding what to include and how to pay for a replacement.

Congress also continues to debate a Block Grant or per capita cap on Medicaid reimbursements for
states. 100% of Avenues’ state funding comes through the Medicaid program.  Ranked 47th nationally in its funding for community services, Illinois has never fully realized the funding potential that could have improved services during the past 30 years. Should a block grant or per capita cap be instituted, it is highly unlikely that
Illinois would ever be able to improve its reimbursement rates to Avenues and other community developmental disability providers.

Finding medical, dental and other specialty care is already quite difficult for individuals with disabilities
covered under Illinois Medicaid plan. In addition to losing access to long-term residential, day and
employment support, the proposed cuts will force more physicians and hospitals to reduce needed

Please reach out to your U.S. Senators and Congressional Representative on these issues of importance for individuals with disabilities.  Tell them that individuals with disabilities need to have preexisting conditions covered at an affordable level and that Medicaid is an important lifeline to fund needed long-term support services.
Important!  On May 4th, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the new American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Older Americans and people with pre-existing conditions will see premium increases and be placed into high risk pools. 

Coverage for maternity, mental health, prescription and other important benefits will no longer be mandated.

Also included in the AHCA will be reductions in Medicaid funds to states for important long-term services.  

The legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate.  Please contact your two Senators  immediately to vote reinstate health care and Medicaid funding for people with disabilities.


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