On June 6, ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources) joined with dozens of other national organizations to host a rally on Capitol Hill in support of Medicaid. ANCOR led the rally planning, which started as a partner event to a fly-in Hill day. Providers descended on Senate office buildings to hold meetings with their Senators and staff to express concerns over provisions in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), particularly the proposed change in the Medicaid funding structure to per capita caps that would fundamentally changing the program and resulting in more than $800 billion in funding cuts.
The rally drew hundreds of Medicaid supporters and featured Senators speaking passionately about the importance of Medicaid in providing community supports for people with disabilities. Senators who spoke were Bob Casey (D-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) (pictured below), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH). Former Congressman Tony Coelho (D-CA), one of the leading forces behind the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) introduced speakers. Several self-advocates and their families also spoke to the crowd.
NCC made a strong statement by attending the rally. Cutting Medicaid would have a direct effect on our community. We commend our CEO, Patricia Browne, Vice President, Beth Jarrett, Vice President, Community Support Services, Belinda Wiley, Director of Community Living Services, Tiffany Sanders, Counselor, Steve Holley, and Danny Wilson for standing in the trenches for us during the rally.