Alison Barkoff is Director of Advocacy at the Center for Public Representation, a national legal advocacy center for people with disabilities. The Center for Public Representation is helping lead the disability community’s advocacy around healthcare reform and has created the protectourmedicaid.org website as a resource for people with disabilities, their families, and advocates to understand and take action to protect Medicaid.
Blog Post List
July 11, 2017
The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) proposes devastating cuts to Medicaid through per-capita caps, limiting Medicaid funding regardless of the health care and long-term support needs of individuals. According to the Congressional Budget Office , the bill will lead to a $772 billion reduction in Medicaid spending by 2026 and a 35% reduction of funding by 2036. Families of children with disabilities have vigorously opposed this bill; for many children with special health care needs, their lives literally depend on Medicaid. Just this week, families of children with significant...
June 14, 2017
The time to take action to protect healthcare is now! The Senate is moving quickly to bring its version of American Health Care Act (AHCA) to a vote in the next two weeks, with no hearings or public input. One of the most devastating – and least discussed – proposals being considered by the Senate is dramatic cuts to Medicaid, over $800 billion over the next decade. Families across the country would be devastated. We need you to Act Now and join our fight! Nearly 40 years ago when my brother was born with a disability, families like mine were told an institution was the only place for their...