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Virginia Governor Holds Town Hall Meeting in Northern Virginia

Action AlertAre you concerned about future cuts in Medicaid HCBS waivers or DRS PAS services?

Would you be concerned if state agencies serving persons with disabilities were consolidated, possibly with aging services?

Are you concerned that personal assistants and other direct service providers receive a living wage and benefits rather than having wages cut every time the state budget faces shortages?

Do you want services to live in your own home and to get employed and stay employed rather than being forced into nursing homes or institution?

Then come & speak out!!
Share your concerns and learn about the Governor’s efforts & plans

“Virginia Speaks” with Governor Robert McDonnell
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 7 to 8:30 pm

Sign language interpreters and CART services will be provided

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)
2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 300
Herndon, VA

Governor Robert McDonnell will be holding a town hall meeting to allow Virginians to speak with him about issues facing the Commonwealth. He will also share information about his efforts to make government smaller and simpler, privatize Virginia’s state-run ABC stores, and create good jobs statewide. Governor McDonnell will be joined by cabinet secretaries and administration officials.

ECNV urges Northern Virginians who have disabilities to attend and speak out about the services that are essential for people with disabilities to live in the community rather than being unnecessarily institutionalized. Your voices are needed because Governor McDonnell is working with a state commission on government reform to come up with a plan for possible changes to streamline state government. Your input as citizens with disabilities needs to be heard.

Background: Your may recall that in mid-February 2010, Governor McDonnell issued his recommendations on further budget cuts that his administration wanted to see in the state budget. These included deeper cuts in Medicaid waiver services and significant cuts in the DRS PAS Program than those proposed in former Governor Kaine’s proposed two year budget for FY 2011-2012. These cuts included the elimination of consumer-directed services in the Medicaid waiver program! Governor McDonnell and his administration will be working on “reforms” in state government and possible budget adjustments as we head into the 2011 General Assembly. This is why it is very important that you come and speak out against cut in Medicaid waiver programs and DRS PAS and tell him how important they are to you!

Our message must be – Don’t cut Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Services and DRS PAS, which provide more cost-effective alternatives to nursing homes and other institutions. Nursing homes and other institutions cost 3 times what it costs to provide Virginias with disabilities and senior adults with services in their own homes. People with disabilities and seniors prefer services in their own homes where they can direct their own care, resulting in higher quality of service and consumer satisfaction! The state will spend less money and get better services! It’s documented in the reports that the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) provides to the Federal Government!! Furthermore, consumers can and should direct their own services through consumer-directed PAS programs, and personal assistants, who are paid some of the lowest wages the lowest, should not have their livelihoods cut in order to balance the budget because it jeopardizes the already small supply of direct service providers!

An important note about transportation: Our research indicates that the location for this town hall meeting is over a mile from the closest bus service (Fairfax Connector). However, one should be able to get to the site at 2214 Rock Hill Road in Herndon on MetroAccess. If you try to make a reservation and have problems, please let ECNV know. You may also want to contact the Governor’s Office to express your concerns about how to get to a site that is not located on public transportation in an area like Northern Virginia where there are so many state and local public facilities located directly on public transit.


August 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Picnic Invite to ECNV Members

SCIN Board Members and friendFriends and participants of ECNV are invited to participate in the annual picnic sponsored by the Spinal Cord Injury Network and being held Rocky Run Park in the Courthouse section Arlington on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm. Everyone is welcomed to this cookout of great food and beverages.

This annual picnic also has a Redskin Season Tickets raffle. The chances sell for $100 each with a limit of 100 available for purchase. Along with the Redskin tickets as 1st place prize, there are 9-second place cash prizes of $200. This allows for one of ten chances of winning, if not the tickets, at least double your money back. There will also be a number of door prizes.

Rocky Run Park is located at 1109 N. Barton St. a few blocks away from the new ECNV location at 2300 Clarendon Blvd. In case of bad weather the picnic will relocate to ECNV.

Please call ECNV to RSVP, 703-525-3268.

August 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

FMAP Clears Cloture Vote in Senate

Here’s some great news. FMAP was passed today in the Senate, thanks to your phone calls, but the fight isn’t over yet since it will go back to the House.

Update – Courtesy of our National Association ANCOR

With a vote of 61 to 38, the Senate agreed to end debate and to take a final vote on HR 1586, which contains $16.1 billion in and Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) aid to states and is paid for with a variety of spending rescissions.

The vote came after Senate Democrats teamed up with Republican and Democratic governors for lobbying to help bring at least one Republican to vote with Democrats. Senators Snowe (R-ME) and Collins (R-ME) provided the GOP votes and Senator Nelson (D-NE) also voted in favor of ending debate. A cloture vote requires 60 Senators to vote in favor of ending discussion on a measure, but the final vote requires a simple 51 vote majority.

It is unclear when the final vote will take place, but it is expected to occur this week. The House is not in session but Speaker Pelosi said she would call the House into session next week.

August 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

FMAP – Still Alive & Up For Vote TONIGHT!

Action AlertFMAP – Still Alive & Up For Vote TONIGHT!

Federal Medical Assistance Percentages ( FMAP) Passage – A Glimmer of Hope – New Vote This Evening!

Please Call Senators Webb & Warner TODAY

The FMAP will come up for a vote again this evening!

PLEASE CALL Senators Webb and Warner TODAY and ask them to continue their support for the FMAP extension. Thank them for their previous support and ask them for their continued support.
As you know, funding of a number of critical items in our Virignia budget are contingent upon Congress passing an extension of the Federal Medicaid Allocation Percentage (FMAP). If it passes –

  • 5% cut in provider rates will be restored;
  • 250 ID Waiver slots will be added;
  • Respite Care hours will be increased to pre July 1 cut;

NOW – we need quick and simple phone calls!

PLEASE call your Senators TODAY.

Ask them to vote YES on HR 1586 which now includes the FMAP 6-month extension amendment ($16.1B). The Senate is expected to vote tonight.

Take Action Visit vaACCESES‘s webiste – then enter your zip code. Contact information for your Senators and Representatives will appear. Call their Washington DC offices and leave the simple message given on the alert. Please let vaACCSES know that you left messages by telling us in the feedback boxes at the bottom of each alert page.

Please make your calls today – the vote will be this evening!

  • Call Your U.S. Senators through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or 1-888-858-6021.
  • Senator Mark Warner – 202-224-2023 (Direct to Office)
  • Senator Jim Webb – 202-224-4024 (Direct to Office)

August 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm 1 comment

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