I don’t know about you, but this whole budget crisis is difficult to keep track of! I have been trying to remain diligent (as I’m sure you have) on what conversations have been going on and how this remains to be relevant to UCP-OC and our families here.
That being said, I thought I would give you a break and give you a wealth of information and links to find out all about what is happening. (no pun intended 🙂 )
Lets start with a little background on the issue:
Washington is looking for ways to remedy the cavernous hole that two wars and increased spending has created. They are turning to cuts in Social Security and Medicaid. Unfortunately, when it comes to the debt ceiling people do not think about disabilities, but rather other more prominent issues such as retirement and veterans. Many special needs families rely on Medicaid to pay for services, prescriptions and other community-based supports. If Medicaid is decreased further it will greatly affect UCP-OC and you.
As an organization we have moved from being dependent on government funding to becoming a government assisted organization. We have already shifted our focus to philanthropy; relying on our families and donors to make up 50% of our funding in order to remain offering the same services.
With Medicaid under fire, and families frightened that their loved one’s livelihood will be stripped away disability advocacy groups moved to Washington to speak with the Obama administration on the issue.
To watch President Obama’s address to the issue follow this link: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/ObamaonB:
UCP’s national affiliate has stared a campaign to put a face on Medicaid. This has made the issue real and hard hitting to those who are not informed on who Medicaid affects.
To find out more:
As stated above, we rely on your generosity to remain serving you to the best of our ability! Even a gift of $20 goes a long way to help a child live their life without limits!
Leave us a comment and tell us what you think or how this affects you!
Written by: Elizabeth Wylie