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What's Happening in Washington

Your voice was heard!

Easterseals advocates sent over 10 thousand messages to their Members of Congress about the American Health Care Act (ACHA). Your voice was heard! The U.S. House of Representatives canceled the Friday, March 24, 2017 vote on the AHCA. The legislation is no longer begin considered at this time.

Easterseals remains committed to protecting access to home and community-based services for individuals with disabilities. We will update you on other legislative action important to individuals with disabilities.

Thank you again for sharing your stories and for your advocacy in support of essential Medicaid services for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Easterseals statement on the President's budget

"The priorities advanced in the Administration’s budget blueprint, though limited in details, are cause for great concern," said Easterseals CEO Randall Rutta. "Despite the positive recommendations targeted to combat the opioid crisis and to increase mental health services and veteran’s services, historic cuts to the Departments of Health and Human Services (17%), Labor (21%) and Education (13%) will limit access for people with disabilities to critical services in the community. Vital programs that empower people with disabilities to live healthy, independent lives, such as the Senior Community Service Employment Program, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Community Development Block Grant are slated for elimination. Congress should reject these cuts."

Tell Congress: Reject President’s Plans to End Specialized Job Training for Older Workers

As the first major step in the year-long legislative process, the President’s budget recommends eliminating the only federal employment and training program targeted specifically to older Americans. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) helps low-income, unemployed older workers return to the workforce through job training and community work experiences. 

The President's proposal hurts older women, veterans, people with disabilities, and residents of rural America—all of whom benefit from SCSEP job training.

We need your help today to protect this vital training for older workers who struggle to return to the workforce.  

Read and share these stories from Medicaid enrollees

One of every seven Medicaid enrollees is a person with a disability, and now Congress is considering health care proposals that restrict access to critical Medicaid services.

Read more than 100 stories we've collected from parents of children with disabilities and from adults and seniors with disabilities in the Easterseals family who depend on Medicaid for their health, independence and well-being. Join more than 2,000 people who have already voiced their concern by signing our petition. 

Current Legislative Alerts: Take Action!

Each day, decisions are being made in Washington, D.C., that will affect people with disabilities and Easterseals' ability to provide services to them, as well as to meet Easterseals' mission today and for years to come. The unmet needs of people with disabilities will continue to go unaddressed if Easterseals is not engaged in educating public policy makers about people with disabilities' disproportionate reliance on government for health, education, employment, transportation and other needed services. Sign up to receive Easterseals advocacy alerts.

Public Policy Priorities for the 115th Congress (2017-2018)

People with disabilities and Easterseals have a significant stake in government programs. For many children and adults with disabilities, their ability to get an education, earn a living and live independently in the community is dictated by the availability of services and supports, many of which come only from the federal government.

Funding History of Federal Disability Programs, July 2016 (PDF*)

This chart, developed by Easterseals Office of Public Affairs, tracks the funding history of federal disability programs. The chart divides the information by agency, listing underneath each agency specific programs that matter to children and adults with disabilities.

Legislative Landmarks

Easterseals has been active in public policy advocacy since our founder, Edgar Allen, lobbied the Ohio Legislature to fund appropriate services for children with disabilities in the 1920s. We continue to actively support and promote federal legislation that helps people with disabilities achieve independence.

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