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Senate won’t vote on last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill

Posted in Disability, and Public Awareness

From:  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/26/obamacare-repeal-failure-republican-senate-243148

The Senate will not vote on Republicans’ latest bill to repeal Obamacare this week, putting an end, for now, to the GOP’s seven-year campaign promise to dismantle the health care law.

The decision was reached at a party lunch Tuesday after it became clear the plan would fail, GOP senators said. Three Senate Republicans had already said they would vote against the measure, and the GOP could only afford two defections.

“Why have a vote if you know what the outcome is and it’s not what you want,” said GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama. “I don’t know what you gain from that. But I do believe that the health care issue is not dead, and that’s what counts.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans are not giving up on a health care bill but made clear he wants a quick pivot to another issue where Republicans hope to notch a legislative victory: taxes.

“We haven’t given up on changing the American health-care system … We’re not going to do it this week, but it still lies ahead of us. We haven’t given up on that,” McConnell said Tuesday afternoon. “Where we go from here is tax reform.”

Vice President Mike Pence also told Republicans they should keep working on health care and not give up just because a key procedural deadline to pass the bill with a simple majority expires after Sept. 30.

“The vice president said that we need to resolve to do this now before this current Congress leaves office,” at the end of 2018, according to a Republican senator in the room.

Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill Introduced

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill Introduced
From http://www.advocacymonitor.com/

This Wednesday, Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) proposal (PDF), the Republicans’ last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make major cuts to Medicaid.

Like the previous bills we’ve seen, the GCHJ proposal would eliminate coverage and protections for millions while completely decimating Medicaid. The proposal would repeal the ACA individual and employer mandates, eliminate assistance that makes coverage affordable, revoke protections for people with pre-existing conditions, phase out Medicaid expansion, and dramatically cut Medicaid by imposing per capita caps. Just like the other bills, the GCHJ proposal will be devastating for people with disabilities.

NCIL is closely monitoring the progress of the GCHJ proposal, and we will be sending out a targeted action alert next week with more information for constituents of key Republican Senators. In the meantime, call your Republican Senators NOW and urge them to oppose the GCHJ proposal!

You can reach your Senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY). New tools are available at trumpcaretoolkit.org. You can also use Resistbot to have your texts turned into faxes, mail, or hand-delivered letters; use faxzero.com to fax your Senators for free; or contact them via social media. You can find social media contacts on Contacting Congress.

FEMA Meeting Announcement

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 PIERPONT COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE 1201 Locust Avenue Ruth Ann Musick Library,  RM# MMA 304-816-0658 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Open to public, people with disabilities, and disaster survivors The meeting is open to all people with a disability, including staffers from CILs. FEMA will provide American Sign Language Specialists (ASLS), and a Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART). The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on disaster assistance and the registration process to increase knowledge for future disasters. In addition, learn how the disability community can play a role in Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) by providing their expertise and community resources.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 PIERPONT COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE 1201 Locust Avenue Ruth Ann Musick Library, RM# MMA 304-816-0658 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Open to public, people with disabilities, and disaster survivors The meeting is open to all people with a disability, including staffers from CILs. FEMA will provide American Sign Language Specialists (ASLS), and a Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART). The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on disaster assistance and the registration process to increase knowledge for future disasters. In addition, learn how the disability community can play a role in Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) by providing their expertise and community resources.

House Judiciary Committee Approved H.R. 620

Posted in Advocacy, Disability, Outreach, and Public Awareness

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. The bill was voted out of committee along party lines and will now go to the full House for a vote. All of the amendments proposed by democrats were voted down, also along party lines.

“…The bill would weaken the protections afforded us under the Americans with Disabilities Act and make it even harder to enforce our rights under the ADA. Twenty seven years after the passage of the ADA, the fact that Congress is working to make it easier to discriminate against people with disabilities is shameful.”

Read more: The Advocacy Monitor.

Beware of Those Trying to Take Advantage of WVa Disaster Survivors

Posted in Outreach, and Public Awareness

Charleston, W.Va. – Disasters attract a few trying to help themselves rather than those who suffered losses. Precautions can help those affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017 avoid being victimized.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) never charges for any of its disaster recovery services, nor does it endorse any commercial businesses, products or services.
West Virginia has a price gouging law that forbids businesses and contractors from raising their prices more than 10 percent above pre-disaster levels. It is enforced by the state’s Attorney General.

State and FEMA officials offer these consumer tips:

 When hiring a contractor, ask for proof that the contractor has current general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. Ask for references and check them before signing a contract.
 Don’t pay in advance for more than half the repair costs. Don’t make the final payment until you are satisfied with the completed work.
 Verify solicitations for disaster relief agencies by asking for the charity’s exact name, street address, phone number and web address. Phone the charity directly and confirm that the person asking for funds is an employee or an authorized volunteer.
 Request a receipt.

Also:

 FEMA and the U. S. Small Business Administration deal only with the homeowner or renter, not with an intermediary.
 State and federal workers do not solicit or accept money from applicants for disaster assistance.
 FEMA inspectors present photo identification. They are assigned to specific properties and have the applicant’s nine-digit FEMA registration number. They make appointments
to meet the applicant at the property. A FEMA inspector’s job is to verify the extent of eligible disaster-related damage. They don’t seek banking or other personal information, nor do they recommend contractors.

If you suspect fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. If you are the victim of a home repair scam or price gouging, call the Office of the West Virginia Attorney
General at 800-368-8808.

FEMA News Release

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West Virginia Residents Urged to Register with FEMA

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia disaster survivors in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties are urged to register for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Individuals and business owners in the designated counties who had severe storm or flood damage may register for assistance the following ways:

• Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
• By calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

o People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.
o For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
o These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners and renters can include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.