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A Word From the President
June 27, 2017
Your Voice Is Needed Now
This is a critical time for disability services. Not only is the Pennsylvania Senate preparing to vote on the 2017-2018 budget, but the US Senate has released its health care bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA).
PA State Budget
Over the past few months, I have shared the importance of supporting the budget that the PA State Senate is currently debating. This budget includes significant funding for intellectual disability and autism services. This funding would increase our ability to address direct support professional compensation and decrease vacancies and turnover.
The Senate is working to finalize the budget, and it’s very important that we remind them how critical these services and the proposed level of funding are. Please visit PAR’s Fix the DSP Crisis website and then click on “Click Here to Help” to contact your PA Senator directly. Tell them how much you care about this issue and support intellectual disability and autism services. You can make all the difference.
Health Care Reform
The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would replace the Affordable Care Act, if passed. Among other things, the BCRA proposes catastrophic cuts to Medicaid and supports for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. These cuts would negatively impact millions of low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities across the United States, including almost 3 million people in Pennsylvania; 771,000 in Connecticut; and 244,000 in Delaware, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
This is not aligned with Keystone’s vision of creating a world of inclusion for the vulnerable people and families we support.
The BCRA could be enacted into law as early as this week. Please join me in contacting your US Senator in support of services for people with disabilities. Urge your Senator to vote “NO” on a health care bill that would be so devastating for millions of people.
The work we do every day is critical to the lives of the many people we support. I will continue to provide you with updates and opportunities for advocacy. Together, we are making a difference.
Thank you for your continued commitment to our mission and the people we serve.
Charles J. Hooker III
President and CEO, Keystone Human Services