Wednesday, May 13, 2009

National Call-In Day

photo taken yesterday after the mid afternoon feeding. I think he is blissed out.

So I got an e-mail from the head of Club 21 asking me to call my Senator about Health Care reform.
So I did.
I've never done anything like that before but I did it for Max. He deserves to have long term health care services just like anyone else.

Here is the blurb she sent to us - and I encourage you to make the call TODAY to your Senator as well.
Do it for Max and all the others out there who cannot yet speak for themselves.

Make your voice heard today! The following message from the National Down Syndrome Society is vitally important for our children.

Important Message from NDSS
In coming weeks, the Senate will finalize legislation to reform America's health care system. Long-term services and supports are essential to individuals with disabilities and seniors and must be included in health insurance reform efforts. Consider the following:

* While over 48 million Americans do not have medical insurance, over 250 million Americans lack any insurance protection for the costs of long-term supports and services. Medicaid requires individuals to impoverish themselves to receive supports.

* There is an institutional bias within Medicaid that denies Americans with disabilities an equal choice for home and community services.

* Hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities and their families are on waiting lists for Medicaid home and community-based services.

Proposals exist to help address these issues. However, they will only be included within health care reform legislation if Congress hears from you. Aging and disability organizations have joined together to host a national call-in day on Wednesday, May 13. Please join thousands of others across the country in calling your Senators to tell them how important it is to include long-term services and supports. Your calls can make a difference!

Call today between 8am and 6pm EST.
Call 1-866-459-9232 (Toll Free)

Sample Script:
Hello (state your name and where you are calling from). I'm calling to ask the Senator to help make sure long-term services and supports are part of health care reform. Long-term services and supports are essential to the health, well-being, and community participation of individuals with disabilities and seniors. Please ensure long-term services and supports are included in legislation to reform health care. Thank you.

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