MAY 22, 2019
THE DISABILITY INTEGRATION ACT NEEDS YOUR HELP!
DIA NEEDS COSPONSORS
National ADAPT, and its support teams, have been in Washington, DC all week securing new co-sponsors for the Disability Integration Act (DIA) and are now ONE VOTE from a House majority on the Disability DIA after Pelosi and Majority Whip Clyburn said it would never happen. Our fellow advocates in DC are headed back to Capital Hill today to secure more co-sponsors.
We need your assistance today to secure Rep Shimkus and Rep Kinzinger’s support as co-sponsors. . Both Congressmen are on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee and have the power to move the DIA to the House floor for a vote. Advocates have repeatedly asked them to sign on to the DIA as co-sponsors and they have ignored requests from disability advocates with the ADAPT, which wrote the legislation.
WHAT IS IDA?
WHAT ACTION IS NEEDED?
Here is are the contacts and a script you can use when you call, email, and or to Congressmen Kinzinger and Shimkus.
DC Office- (202) 225-5271
District Office- (217 ) 446-0664
DC Office- (202) 225-3636
District Office- (815) 431-9271
"My name is __________. I am calling to ask Congressman Kinzinger (or Congressman Shimkus) to support the Disability Integration Act, H.R. 555, by signing on as a cosponsor now! By requiring states to provide home and community based services, the Disability Integration Act would give people with disabilities their constitutional right to live in their own home, instead of being forced to live in a nursing home. It is important that people with disabilities are given this liberty and dignity to live in freedom as citizens of the US."
John Shimkus- email@example.com
Adam Kinzinger- Paul.Laurie@mail.house.gov
My name is __________. I am emailing you to ask Congressman Kinzinger (or Congressman Shimkus) to support the Disability Integration Act, H.R. 555, by signing on as a cosponsor. By requiring states to provide home and community based services, the Disability Integration Act would give people with disabilities their constitutional right to live in their own home, instead of being forced to live in an institutional setting. It is important that people with disabilities are given this liberty, to live in freedom as citizens of the US.
The Disability Integration Act creates a comprehensive solution, assuring the full integration of disabled people in the community by:
· clarifying that every individual who is eligible for LTSS has a federally protected right to a real choice in how they receive services and supports
· assuring that states and other LTSS insurance providers deliver services in a manner that allows disabled individuals to live in the most integrated setting, have maximum control over their services and supports, and lead an independent life
· articulates the right to live in the community without creating unnecessary or wasteful Government programs; States have broad latitude to determine how they will secure that right
· establishing a comprehensive planning requirement that includes enforceable benchmarks
· requiring public entities to address the need for affordable, accessible, integrated housing that is independent of service delivery.
Please contact Amy Bos in Congressman Sensenbrenner's to sign onto the Disability Integration Act as a co-sponsor.
Please ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives in your state to support DIA!
USE THIS LINK TO FIND SENATORS WHO HAVE NOT, AS YET, CO-SPONSORED THE DIA BILL (S, 117)
USE THIS LINK TO FIND REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE NOT, AS YET, CO-SPONSORED THE DIA BILL (H.R. 555)
ILDisability Integration Act, HB2600!
Tell your Illinois Representatives to pass the Illinois version of DIA, HB2600.
ILLINOIS SUBMINIMUM WAGE PAY, IL HB3340
State legislation seeks to change a current system where Illinois employers are exempt from paying the minimum wage to people who reach certain criteria for disabilities. This subminimum wage pay will hopefully be changed with the introduction of House Bill 3340.
ISPC SINGLE PAYOR PROGRAM
We’re pleased to announce that ISPC is joining many other groups inrallies and a die-in during the American Medical Association's (AMA) annual delegate convention on June 8th at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago. We're demanding that the AMA stop opposing Medicare for All(M4A).
For decades, the AMA has opposed health care justice. It has a twenty-million-dollar annual lobbying budget to promote their opposition. The June 8th actions will urge AMA delegates to end their opposition.
(See more about AMA below.)
We need you! We're working to build a big turn-out for June 8th. So,we’re asking you, as an ISPC supporter, to help us send a loud and clear message to the AMA.
The activities start with a rally outside the Blue Cross Blue Shield headquarters, followed by a die-in, and then a second rally at the Hyatt where the AMA is meeting. National M4A leaders will attend.
You can plug-in several ways: attend one or both rallies, participate in the die-in, distribute flyers in the Hyatt, work on one of the organizing committees.
RSVP for the AMA action here.
After you RSVP, we’ll contact you to answer your questions and give final details.
AMA Rallies and Actions:
- Rally at Blue Cross Blue Shield building 300 E Randolph, 1:30pm;led by NNU, PNHP and national speakers (TBA),
- Walk to Hyatt (about 4 blocks),
- Die-in, location TBA. It will include groups from Chicago and downstate,
- Second Rally at the Hyatt Regency 151 E. Wacker, 2:30pm led by medical students, chants, stories, etc.
- Flyering in the Hyatt.
See more details at the ISPC website here
The larger the turnout, the more powerful our message will be. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP.
In solidarity for national guaranteed health care for all
Illinois Single Payer Coalition ?
More on the AMA
Last year, the AMA joined private insurance and pharmaceutical companies to form the Partnership for America’s Healthcare Future, a group whose sole purpose is to fight against single-payer Medicare for All. The group has already poured millions into a multimedia campaign of op-eds, studies, videos, press releases, and attack ads targeting supporters of single payer (this Washington Post article provides an excellent description of the Partnership’s tactics).
The Illinois Single-Payer Coalition survives on the generosity of our supporters. Please consider making a donation to support our efforts.
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