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Most Recent DRW Announcements

There’s No Place Like Home Awards Nominations Open

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking nominations for 4 awards to be presented at the Ruby Anniversary Gala on October 14, 2017: Home, Wisdom, Heart & Courage.

Submit your nominations today!

DRW Board Listening Session at Mole Lake in Crandon – Sept. 15, 2017

The Board of Directors of DRW extends a particular invitation to tribal members to come share concerns and challenges for people with disabilities and mental illness.  Please see the flyer for details!

Listening Session at Mole Lake in Crandon

 

Job Posting – Advocacy Specialist

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a FT Advocacy Specialist to work in our SSI Managed Care External Advocacy Project. This position is in Milwaukee office and will provide statewide advocacy, information and outreach to SSI-related Medicaid recipients enrolled in managed care plans. Successful candidates will have previous experience with public benefits such as SSI and experience with people with disabilities. Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent experience. Excellent salary and fringe benefits.

Click here for more information.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to hr@drwi.org. Deadline: August 27th, 2017 at midnight.

 

Access to WI Medicaid Survey for Children 0-21

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and share with other families.

Access to WI Medicaid Survey for Children 0-21

While Wisconsin Medicaid includes many services helpful to children with disabilities or special health care needs, some services are under-used and access to other services will be changing. Survival Coalition and Family Voices of Wisconsin are interested in your family’s experience with Medicaid prior authorization as well as your use and understanding of a Wisconsin Medicaid benefit for children called HealthCheck Other Services. Please share your family’s experience over the past year. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and individual answers will remain confidential.

Click here to take the survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/WI-Medicaid-PA-Survey

To learn more about insurance prior authorizations and HealthCheck Other Services see the Family Voices fact sheets on Insurance Prior Authorization  and HealthCheck Other Services

Disability Rights Wisconsin Supports Senate Health Care Vote

Disability Rights Wisconsin applauds all U.S. Senators who voted against recent health care reform bills to cut and cap Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill passed in the U.S. House in May and the numerous bills recently set forth by the Senate contained devastating cuts to Medicaid, rolled back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and would have led to loss of health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.

Read DRW’s full statement here

 

National Call to Action-Save Medicaid

Tomorrow, July 21st, is a National Call-In Day to #ProtectOurCare and #SaveMedicaid.

Thank you for your advocacy so far – you are being heard! Even with this great advocacy, we are hearing the Senate plans to vote on the “Motion to Proceed” to move forward with health care reform – as soon as Monday (7/24/17). Please continue to raise your voice:

  • Call your U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin and please tell them to “vote no” on a motion to proceed and “no” on any of the health care bills currently before the Senate.
  • Remind them there has been no public input into the reform process – and it is moving too fast without enough information.
  • Share a 3 paragraph story and a photograph or a 90 second video on Facebook or Twitter with your U.S. Senators about how these bills will affect people with disabilities, their families, and their communities.
  • Tell your friends and family to do the same!

Both bills will cut the Medicaid program, lead to millions losing health insurance, and end protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

For the Better Care and Reconciliation Act (BCRA): The latest Congressional Budget Office report shows that there would be $756 billion in Medicaid cuts (still a 26% cut by 2026 and a 35% cut by 2036), and 22 million people would still lose coverage under this bill.

For the repeal but not replace bill (ORRA): The latest Congressional Budget Office report shows there would be a $842 billion cut in Medicaid and 32 million people would become uninsured.

How to Call:

Senator Johnson: • DC office: 202-224-5323 • Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 • Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Senator Tammy Baldwin: • DC office: 202-224-5653 • Madison office: 608-264-5338 • Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

To compare all health care reform plans, check out: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/18/537868412/health-care-the-risks-of-repeal-without-replace

Job Posting – Office/Administrative Coordinator

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full time Office Coordinator to lead the administrative team in our Madison office. Successful candidates must exercise considerable discretion and good judgment, as well as the ability to interface and work with agency staff across multiple offices and with a diverse population of clients. The ideal candidate must be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative tasks, supervision and be able to work independently and confidently under pressure. Associate’s degree in Business or Office Management. Minimum 2 years experience supervising, office management, strong attention to detail, and excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

Please click here for more information.

EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to hr@drwi.org by 5 pm, Monday, August 7, 2017. Position will remain open until filled.

National Save Medicaid Day of Action

National SAVE MEDICAID Day of Action

Wednesday, July 12th

The U.S. Senate is continuing to draft legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make significant changes to the Medicaid program – including $772 billion in cuts to Medicaid. The Senate would like to vote on their proposal as early as NEXT WEEK – without any public hearings or opportunity for input.

Wednesday is a National Day of Action to #SaveMedicaid – and we need YOU to: 

Call your U.S. Senators.

Senator Ron Johnson: • DC office: 202-224-5323 • Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 • Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Senator Tammy Baldwin: • DC office: 202-224-5653 • Madison office: 608-264-5338 • Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

Ask your Senators to oppose any bill that would cut or cap Medicaid. Medicaid works for Wisconsin.

Here is a National SAVE MEDICAID script if you need help!

Use the power of social media.

On July 12th, we want to see the #SaveMedicaid hashtag on every social media platform. After you’ve called your Senator, print out a “#SaveMedicaid because…” sign, fill it out & take a selfie with it, and share! Make sure to use the #SaveMedicaid hashtag so we can see it and share it as well. You can also tweet it at your Senators to remind them of your story and encourage others to take action.

Please lift your voices every day between now and the Senate vote. The time is NOW to tell our United States Senators what cuts to Medicaid would mean to you, your family, and your community. United, our message cannot be ignored: Nothing about us without us! No caps or cuts to Medicaid!

MedicaidOnePageFactSheet

Medicaid Myth Busting Flier

Final Countdown to Health Care Vote

Today is the last day in our Final Countdown to Stop the AHCA/BCRA and its Cuts to Medicaid.

The U.S. Senate is likely voting on their health care bill—the Better Care Reconciliation Act—after the July 4 recess. We must keep the calls coming to stop its devastating 26% cut to Medicaid. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Senate Bill shows that its cuts to Medicaid will be substantial over the long-term because it limits Medicaid funding to traditional inflation instead of Medical Inflation. Cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to 20 Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children’s waiver, BadgerCare, mental health programs, Katie Beckett, autism services, personal care, and important therapies like speech, OT and PT.

Our countdown ends today with fact #1. Call Senators Johnson and Baldwin and tell them you are concerned about the senate health care bill because:  It is a bad deal for Wisconsin. A new report cited by the Wisconsin Hospital Association predicts that if the health care bill is passed, Wisconsin stands to lose an additional $37 billion in federal funding by 2025 compared to states that expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.

Call Senator Johnson: • DC office: 202-224-5323 • Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 • Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Call Senator Tammy Baldwin: • DC office: 202-224-5653 • Madison office: 608-264-5338 • Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

If you would like more information about this fact, see below:

The Arc Wisconsin: Wisconsin is at Risk: Responding to Federal Medicaid Cuts

Wisconsin Hospital Association: U.S. Senate health care bill falls short.

The Milwaukee Business Journal: WMC, MMAC join hospitals in calling for Sen. Ron Johnson to intervene on AHCA

Info Session on Medicaid in Wisconsin

Disability Rights Wisconsin joined The Arc Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Survival Coalition, the Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition yesterday at the Capitol for a legislative briefing on how proposed federal changes to Medicaid would impact individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin and the decisions that statewide lawmakers would need to make.

Here are the slides from the presentation.  Other materials include:

Medicaid Info Series Agenda

Medicaid Fact Sheet WI

MedicaidProgramGrid

NAMD Statement on Reform

JFC CoChair Letter