June 16, 2000 No. 191
Family Opportunity Act-S. 2274
We continue to add more co-sponsors. Congress is receiving our message that
this legislation is important because it will help families of children
with disabilities and special health care needs access needed Medicaid
services (Health Care for our children). Access the NPND website for the
summary and full text of this legislation.
WRITE AND CALL IF...You are unable to better your income because you would lose your child's Medicaid. You have been told that you don't qualify for the Medicaid that your child needs to fill in the gaps of an employee health plan. All you need is Medicaid to help you keep your child at home with you.
As a parent of a special needs child, I know first hand the challenges of caring for a child with disabilities and special health care needs. We need improved access to special health care services. S. 2274 would allow us, as parents, to pay a premium for necessary Medicaid services for our child. Please support the Family Opportunity Act!
Ashcroft Amendment Update
Disability advocates are concerned about a possible compromise on the
Ashcroft Amendment, offered by Senator John Ashcroft (R-MO), calling for
cessation of "ALL" services to students who bring a firearm or weapon into
a school. We believe there should be no compromise on IDEA. Access the NPND
website for the full text of this Amendment.
On behalf of students with disabilities, we urge you to continue to support the "no cessation" of education principle originally adopted by Public Law 94-142 in 1975, and more recently incorporated in the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments in 1997. We urge you to vote against the Ashcroft Amendment or any similar provisions that would result in depriving a child of an education.
Reauthorization of the Developmental Disabilities Act of 1999
The reauthorization of the DD Act (S. 1809) continues to receive very
little attention in the House. With the Senate having passed their
reauthorization bill on November 8, 1999, by a vote of 99-0, the next
critical step is for the House Commerce Committee to take action on the
Contact Chairman Bliley, as well as members of the House Commerce Committee, and urge immediate action to adopt the Senate version, S. 1809, of the DD Act.
S. 1809 has broad bipartisan support, passing the Senate on a vote of 99-0. S. 1809 assists the DD Act programs to improve the quality of supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families regardless of where they choose to live. Please adopt S. 1809.