Archive for September, 2017

Health Care Under Threat Again

Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Ron Johnson have released their health reform proposal, the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill would have many of the same devastating impacts as previous repeal bills already rejected by the Senate, such as:

  • capping and cutting Medicaid, converting the traditional Medicaid program to a per capita cap for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children, and ending the expansion;
  • allowing states to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions; and
  • cutting health coverage and raising premiums and out-of-pocket costs for millions.

For more information on how this proposal could affect people with disabilities, click here.  Seventy-five disability organizations have also signed a letter opposing to this proposal.  Here is the latest breakdown of state-by-state estimate of changes in federal funding.

What you can do:

1. Call Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Tammy Baldwin to share how these cuts would be harmful to people with disabilities.

2. Submit comments by email ( for the one hearing that has been scheduled on this proposal.

3. Share your stories on social media and with local media of how this proposal would harm people with disabilities.

To contact your Senators:

The main Capitol line: (202) 224-3121 OR

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 submit comments for the hearing:

The hearing is scheduled for Monday morning at 1 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee. If you wish to send in comments, email them to by Monday morning to ensure they are received before the hearing.  You can however still send them in up until 2 weeks after the hearing.


Job Posting – Advocate/Ombudsman

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Advocate/Ombudsman for the Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman Program for adults with disabilities. This position provides assistance and advocacy to adults enrolled in Wisconsin’s publicly funded long term care programs for a statewide disability rights agency.

Please click here for more information.

This position is located in Menasha.

DRW is an EEO/AA employer committed to a diverse workforce. Submit resume and cover letter to by noon on Monday, September 18th, 2017.