Advocates holding signs in front of the SC Statehouse

SENATORS TIM SCOTT AND LINDSEY GRAHAM NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!

The Senate’s proposed healthcare legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, contains massive cuts to the Medicaid program that would be devastating for a large portion of South Carolinians with disabilities. Per capita caps could have drastic long-term costs as people are forced to leave their homes to find care in more expensive institutional settings. If the federal government wants to decrease Medicaid spending, they need to invite the disability community to provide input on how to decrease spending while still providing necessary care and supports. We can discuss long-term solutions such as offering more incentives for states to shift funding from costly institutional services to more affordable community-based offerings.

We also have strong concerns about the changes to tax credits for those who are insured through the Marketplace. The Better Care Reconciliation Act places a higher burden on the aging population. It also decreases the value of Marketplace plans, forcing individuals to pay higher premiums or find alternate plans with higher deductibles. Insurers could opt to stop providing vital essential health benefits, including mental health care.

The US Senate should not rush to vote on such important legislation without knowing the Congressional Budget Office’s cost and coverage estimate, which should include any amendments that are added. Our Senators should make the effort to inform our communities about the impact of this bill and provide ample time to meet with their constituents to hear our concerns. This can’t happen if they proceed with a vote this week. We need everyone to ask Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham for their commitment to not vote until they have the CBO cost and coverage estimate on this bill, including any amendments that may be added in the next few days, as well as the opportunity to hear from the disability community about the impact this will have on them. NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US!

Advocacy at Able South Carolina

We’re at the forefront of activism and leadership on any and all issues affecting people with disabilities—issues like accessibility, public accommodations and transportation. These are critical in achieving full inclusion in community life.

We work with local, state and national leaders to bring about change and create
opportunities. We also assist individuals with advocacy by providing consumers with the necessary community support. Able SC is also involved in activities to make changes in the community so that people with disabilities can live independently.

Additionally, Able SC  promotes self-determination through efforts such as employment, housing, education,  services and daily living. Moving individuals to own their destiny means giving them the knowledge and skills for self-advocacy—to get all the support services they need from their community, their schools and their providers.