On June 22, 2017 the U.S. Senate unveiled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which propose deep cuts to Medicaid and would allow states to deregulate insurance markets. Additionally,  since Medicaid is already one of the lowest-cost providers of healthcare, a state could either cut benefits, which would affect the quality of coverage, or reduce who is eligible for the program, which could hurt people with disabilities. In addition to health-related services, individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities receive Medicaid-funded support through in-school therapies, job coaching and development, transportation, and personal care services. These supports– and much more– would be at risk if this legislation passes.

What can you do to stop this? Please take a few minutes to write, call, or message Senator Rob Portman to share your story and ask him to vote against the BCRA!


The Ohio Senate is in the final stages of state budget (Sub. H.B. 49) deliberations. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities leader, Director John Martin, has indicated that he can fund much of his initial budget initiatives if we can protect the DODD budget as passed by the House without further cuts. Additional cuts by the Senate jeopardize his ability to do so.

We believe the Senate Leadership is fully aware of our message and request. Now is the appropriate time for us to reinforce that message with the entire Senate membership. This email is set up so that you can do that directly with your locally elected Senator. Please share this email with your staff and other interested persons that may want to help so that they may do the same.

We have an email drafted to your Senator for you to use. You can add or edit if you wish (For example, you may wish to mention your specific concerns). Just follow the directions below to send emails to your locally elected State Senator.

  1. You will be taken to a landing page where you will input your information and click submit. This information is used to identify your legislators and is not used for any other purpose.
  2. After submitting your information, you will be taken to the draft email that we have written for you. You have the option to add in your personal story or thoughts in the middle of the message. If you do so, please proofread to make sure your additions flow well. You can also change your closing from “Sincerely” to something else of your choosing.
  3. Once you have reviewed your letter and are satisfied, simply click submit. The advocacy system then delivers the message to your Senator.
  1. Click here to begin:

Act NOW!

Your voice matters. Your story matters. Your advocacy matters.





















Please contact Kari Jones with any questions. THANK YOU for doing your part to effect a change!