Raleigh, NC, February 21, 2017
Health services for people with disabilities are now in serious jeopardy with Congress taking its first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructure Medicaid.
We see first-hand – in the work we do each and every day – how access to care can transform a family.
Let Congress know how vital health services are to people with disabilities and their families. Email your members of Congress.
Meet the individuals with disabilities at Easterseals UCP who rely on Medicaid services.
Kingston of Salem, VA has come a long way in his little life due to Medicaid-funded Early Intervention Programs at Easterseals UCP. Kingston was born with a heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) requiring multiple heart surgeries with continuous speech and physical therapies. This little wonder has made significant progress thanks to the help of an Early Intervention Service Coordinator ensuring Kingston receives the therapies he needs.
Allison of Chapel Hill, NC was rescued by the Easterseals UCP Therapeutic Foster Care Program, a Medicaid funded service. Allison, who is a high functioning adolescent with autism, needed a home after her mother lost custody and she hadn’t seen her father in years. A loving foster parent stepped up and took in Allison, creating a happy environment and worked through the behavior challenges. Recently, Allison was reunited with her biological father. Essential Medicaid Services turned Allison’s life around.
Joe of Raleigh, NC has become a productive individual in our community with the support of Individual Community Supports (ICS), a Medicaid program. Joe receives In Home Skill Building and Personal Care services. Recently, he has increased his skills in the kitchen and is cooking. Healthy habits are a big part of his program and Joe exercises several times a week at the local YMCA where he is a member and a volunteer. The Easterseals UCP staff continue to work with Joe on health, safety and overall wellness.
As Congress works on new healthcare legislation, Easterseals is advocating that any repeal or replace proposal of the ACA must do no harm to children and adults with disabilities.Together we can work to build a better future.
Learn more about services for children and adults with disabilities at www.eastersealsucp.com
ABOUT EASTERSEALS UCP
Easterseals UCP is a non-profit organization serving the special needs communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.