Thanks for sharing this Beth! This is fantastic. 


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From: "Swedeen, Beth - BPDD" <>
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Subject: DD Councils Medicaid: here's a grassroots alert/social media post and powerful story you can use
Date: Wed, Sep 20, 2017 9:41 AM

Hi all,


I know you’re all inundated with Medicaid alerts. But putting a human face on it in these last hours is critical, and this Mom (and one of my favorite people) did just that. Saw an alert yesterday from us and wrote her letter of testimony in 5 minutes. Then she called TV stations: had a crew in her house in less than 2 hours. Please consider sharing the following blurb with action steps and the link to her powerful story (she’s a journalism major so she knows how to pull heartstrings/make cogent points) and action steps your grassroots folks can take. It’s all packaged below. Best to you all!!




Have YOU called your local media to explain why they need to be covering the devastating cuts to Medicaid proposed in the Graham-Cassidy Senate bill to repeal the ACA? Changes to health insurance should not be on the backs of people with disabilities. ACTION STEPS: 1. Call Sen. Johnson (202) 224-5323 (INSERT YOUR SENATORS) explain how Graham-Cassidy-Johnson-Heller changes to Medicaid would affect you and your family. 2. Send BOTH snail mail comments (to the Senate Committee on Finance, Attn. Editorial and Document Section, Rm. SD-219, Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510-6200) AND call the Senate Committee on Finance 202-224-4515. Also email Sen. Finance Committee testimony to Kevin Wright (, staffer for Sen. Wyden, ranking minority member of Senate Finance Committee.3. Call your local media with your stories like this Mom did.