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For Immediate Release From The Association of Retarded Citizens - United States!


We now have a historic opportunity for change!


Congress is responding to COVID-19 by considering bold action to address the long-term challenge people with IDD face. We can achieve policy priorities The Arc has been fighting for years:

Invest in Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) to expand access to those services and create more and better direct care jobs.

Create a national paid leave program so that families can better balance work and care for a loved one.

Lift people with disabilities out poverty by improving the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

CONTACT CONGRESS: https://p2a.co/IAFTwCz?p2asource=covid19recovery-web&_ga=2.39689123.1058522624.1629315965-2139530923.1629315965



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A Historic Investment in Disability Services

For years, the service system that people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) and their families rely on, Medicaid, has needed an update. People are stuck on waiting lists for home and community-based services, the direct care workforce is underpaid, and too often, unpaid family caregivers are filling in the gaps in service.

Why The Wait? Word Doc: https://thearc.org/covid19recovery/#downloadtoolkitform?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=hcbs | PDF: https://thearc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/CareCantWait-MedicaidCantWait-Fact-Sheet.pdf


Workforce 101 Word Doc: https://thearc.org/covid19recovery/#downloadtoolkitform?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=hcbs | PDF: https://thearc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Direct_Care_Workers-MedicaidCantWait-Fact-Sheet.pdf

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Paid Leave for All

People are forced to choose between their own health, the health of their families, and their livelihood. We must invest in our care infrastructure and pass a national paid leave program that guarantees paid leave to all – including family caregivers.

Paid Leave and Disability Word Doc: https://thearc.org/covid19recovery/#downloadtoolkitform?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=hcbs | PDF: https://thearc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Paid-Leave-Fact-Sheet.pdf

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Modernizing Basic Living Benefits


People with disabilities are forced to live in poverty to access modest benefits to live on – and that must change. The benefits of the SSI program must be updated to asset limits, and other program rules lift people with disabilities out of poverty.

Needed Improvements to SSI Explained Word Doc: https://thearc.org/covid19recovery/#downloadtoolkitform?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=hcbs | PDF: https://thearc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/SSI-MedicaidCantWait-Fact-Sheet.pdf


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Join the Groundswell of Advocacy

Contact Congress to join the momentum behind these urgent priorities. Join HERE!: https://p2a.co/IAFTwCz?p2asource=covid19recovery-web&_ga=2.16094390.1058522624.1629315965-2139530923.1629315965


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************Spread the Word************


Download our toolkit for advocates to spread the word on your commitment to #CareCantWait!

VISIT: www.thearc.org
Posted By: agnes levine
Wednesday, August 18th 2021 at 4:09PM
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