I know some of you are busy with Rochester Deaf Awareness Week (RDAW).  For me, every action is important.  If you are curious about our event, please check our website at www.rdaw.org.  So, I thought I’ll let everyone know what happen this Friday with Olmstead with the Washington Governor.  We have an opportunity to get direct answers about MR v Dreyfus, Olmstead, Medicaid and Medicaid reform… but only if the party representatives talk about it! 



Governor Gregoire (D-WA) is considering whether she will appeal MR v Dreyfus to the Supreme Court, potentially undercutting the Olmstead decision and the freedom of Americans with disabilities who rely on Medicaid-funded long term services and supports.  Although Governor Gregoire is a Democrat, the Attorney General in Washington is a Republican who is running to be the next Governor.  That gives BOTH parties a clear opportunity to impact this process.

Regardless of who wins the Presidency or controls Congress, there is one thing that we know: Medicaid reform will be on the agenda.  Providing state flexibility and capping federal funding through block granting are the basis for many of these Medicaid “reforms”. 

The situation in Washington highlights how Medicaid cuts directly impact the civil rights – and freedom – of Americans with disabilities.  In the coming years, Olmstead protections and enforcement will be more important than ever.

Ted Kennedy Jr. (D) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) are speaking on behalf of their respective parties at the National Forum on Disability Issues to present their campaign’s positions on matters relating to Americans with disabilities.  Tell them they need to talk about these critical issues at the National Forum on Disability Issues on Friday!

TAKE ACTION NOW and tell them that they need to talk about these critical issues at the National Forum on Disability Issues on Friday.


Thank you,Dean DeRusso
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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