Advocacy: Call to Action!

Posted March 27, 2012 by Mandy Smith in

The House & Senate conference committee for the FY 2013 budget have held four rounds of negotiations thus far. Next round is scheduled for 1:30 this afternoon.

Senate negotiators (Carolyn McGinn, John Vratil & Laura Kelly) have held firm on two items that are crucial to the disability community. Please take a moment and email them our thanks and encouragement for their continued support.

The 2 issues at stake currently are:

  1. Add $1.2M (All Funds) to the Home and Community Based Services/Physically Disabled waiver to fund an additional 60 individuals to meet maintenance of effort requirements for the Affordable Care Act.
  2. Add $350,000 (State General Funds) for grant funding of Centers for Independent Living

House negotiators (Marc Rhoades, Kasha Kelley, & Bill Feuerborn) do not appear willing to fund either of these items. Please take a moment and email each of these folks. You can use the KACIL Legislative Handout for talking points.

We need to make sure they understand:

  • The importance of HCBS in maintaining dignity and independence, as well as it being a fiscally sound service delivery method.
  • The vital role that Centers for Independent Living serve in the Kansas disability community.
  • The toll that budget cuts have taken already on CILs and HCBS. (For example, downsizing staff and programs, waiting lists)

Mandy Smith

Mandy has worked at RCIL since June of 2009. She is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and provides services in 32 counties to individuals who are blind or have low vision and are 55 years and older.

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