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American Health Care Act: The Impact on People with Disabilities Milwaukee May 25

Join us at IndependenceFirst to learn how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will impact people with disabilities.  Barbara Beckert from Disability Rights WI will discuss the impact of the bill, including Medicaid cuts of $880 billion and the roll back of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Come learn how AHCA will affect health care choices and options, and how you can share your concerns with policymakers.

Thursday May 25, 2017

2:00PM to 4:00PM


540 South 1st Street

Milwaukee, WI 53204

DRW Presentation American Health Care Act

June Listening Session

Announcing the June 16th,  2017 Disability Rights Wisconsin Listening Session in Menomonie – please see flyer for additional information!

Menomonie Listening Session


DRW Statement on Findings of Inquest Into Death of Terrill Thomas at Milwaukee County Jail

Disability Rights Wisconsin is profoundly concerned about the inhumane treatment of individuals with mental illness and other disabilities who are held in the Milwaukee County Jail. The death of Mr. Thomas, as well as the 2016 deaths of several other inmates with mental illness, should serve as a warning that our community must act to decrease the growing number of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

Read DRW’s full statement here.

BadgerCare Amendment poses Risks to Childless Adults’ Access to Medicaid

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is seeking federal approval of a waiver (exceptions to federal laws) to makes significant change to BadgerCare for childless adults.  Disability Rights Wisconsin is concerned that some provisions in the waiver will cause some Wisconsinites with disabilities who are enrolled in BadgerCare to become ineligible and lose access to Medicaid.  Read DRW’s testimony from the May 1st public hearing to learn more about the proposed changes to the BadgerCare Childless Adults waiver.

You can share your comments about the changes to BadgerCare with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Written comments will be accepted through May 19th.  Email your comments to Wisconsin1115CLAWaiver@dhs.wisconsin.gov.  If you would like assistance with your comments, contact DRW’s Public Policy Coordinator Amy Devine at 608-267-0214 or amyd@drwi.org

Click here to read our testimony from the hearing.

AHCA a Serious Threat to Wisconsinites with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions

Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s designated Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities, has grave concerns regarding the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), including the impact of the bill’s devastating cuts to Medicaid and weakened or eliminated protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Please click here to read our full position.

URGENT!!! The House is set to vote on the AHCA TOMORROW!!

Contact your Representative!!! What you can say:
The AHCA (American Health Care Act) would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and cut $839 billion from Medicaid.
· Wisconsin has 1.2 million people in Medicaid who could be hurt by these cuts.

The AHCA would allow states to roll back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including making essential benefits optional.
· 2.5 million Wisconsinites have a pre-existing condition.
· Without the ACA protections, they could be denied coverage, charged unaffordable prices for insurance, and have lifetime limits for insurance coverage.
· If essential benefits are not required, insurance plans will not be required to cover vital services such as prescription drugs, hospitalization, outpatient services, mental health services, substance abuse disorder treatment, and much more.

The potential Upton-Long amendment would add $8 billion for high risk pools, but DOES NOT fix the $839 billion in cuts …to Medicaid. The pools themselves will provide little protection for people with pre-existing conditions.
· High Risk Insurance Pools have been tested in Wisconsin and failed to provide affordable, comprehensive insurance coverage for many people with disabilities and people with chronic medical or pre-existing conditions.

Contact your Representative!!! If you live in the district of Rep. Duffy (202-225-3365 or 855-585-4251, toll-free) or Rep. Gallagher (202-225-5665), your call is especially needed!

New Program and Opportunities with DRW!

Disability Rights Wisconsin’s new Victim Advocacy Program is looking for volunteer advocates to help people with disabilities who are victims/survivors of crime, throughout the state of Wisconsin. We are also looking for attorneys who would be willing to offer short term pro bono legal service (eligible for CLE credit) to victims/survivors with disabilities. Click here to read more about this new program, and how to get involved!

Guiding Principles For Competitive Integrated Employment for People With Disabilities in Long-term Care

The Department of Health Services announces new Guiding Principles for Competitive Integrated Employment for people with Disabilities in Long-Term Care

DHS guiding principles re employment in LTC

Highlighting Success in Hiring People with Disabilities

DRW’s Mary Cerretti and her son Kyle were featured speakers at a Kenosha Legislative Breakfast which highlighted success in hiring people with disabilities.  Kyle’s impactful remarks got a standing ovation from the crowd.  The Kenosha News covered the event.

Click here to read the article.

Highlighting Success

Remember To Vote on April 4, 2017!

The Spring General Election is just a few days away, Tuesday April 4th. We wanted to share some information about your rights and to remind you to bring a photo ID! Polls are open from 7am to 8pm on April 4th.

If you have any issues voting on Election Day, April 4th, Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition has a hotline and are at the ready to help. Call 1-844-DIS-VOTE (1-844-347-8683).

PREVIEW YOUR BALLOT. There’s an important statewide election for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. There are also many important local issues on the ballot and municipal and judicial candidates. Take a look and see what is on your ballot: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot

CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION. Are you registered to vote? You can find out here! https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/RegisterToVote

  • REGISTER TO VOTE AT THE POLLS. If you aren’t registered, you can register at your polling location on Election Day. Bring proof of residence, such as a utility or phone bill, and your photo ID. If you have any problems registering at the polls OR you forgot your photo ID, your poll workers are required to allow you to cast a provisional ballot. They cannot prevent you from voting! Call the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition’s Hotline if you have any problems voting in your polling site: 1-844-DIS-VOTE (1-844-347-8683).

Click here to read the rest of Remember To Vote on April 4, 2017! »