Call Today to tell your State Representative and Senator that the Budget Repair Bill should not Limit the Power of People with Disabilities and their Families to Provide Input!
What is Happening:
The budget repair bill (Special Session Senate Bill 11 and Assembly Bill 11) would significantly change the way decisions are made about Medicaid services in Wisconsin. Under this bill the power of consumers and families to have input into things such as who can be eligible and what services are provided will be severely limited. Many of these decisions would happen mostly behind closed doors at the Department of Health Services with little legislative oversight. Potentially sweeping and far-reaching changes to Medicaid could be implemented in a matter of days
We all know that the state is in a budget crisis; however, disability advocates believe that sweeping changes affecting thousands of Wisconsinites should be made after open debate and careful deliberation.
What you can do:
Tell members of the joint finance committee and your own state representatives why you think the budget repair bill provisions which put Medicaid decision-making behind closed doors is harmful for persons with disabilities and their families.
What you can say:
I am writing to ask that you oppose the budget repair bill provisions which give the Department of Health Services broad authority to make sweeping changes to Medicaid. These changes significantly reduce public input and full legislative oversight. Medicaid is extremely important for people with disabilities in Wisconsin. Allowing any unelected officials to make sweeping changes to Medicaid behind closed doors greatly limits our ability as people with disabilities (or allies of people with disabilities) to provide input on issues that affect us greatly. Please take action to ensure that these provisions are not enacted. We look forward to vigorous debate on these issues during the budget process and the normal legislative process.
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Who to send your message to:
§The Joint Finance Committee: Find committee members’ e-mail addresses and other contact information here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/jfc.html
§Your state representatives: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
or call toll-free: 1-800-362-9472.
Who to contact with questions:
If you have questions about this issue or are unsure about who your legislators are, contact Jason Glozier at Access to Independence at (608)242-8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org