CRUCIAL YOU ATTEND — Local Hearings Held By State Legislators

December 31, 2011 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

2012 is a critical year!! The General Assembly Session will make decisions that will affect the availability of needed services and programs that ensure community living and prevent unnecessary institutionalization of thousands of Virginians with disabilities and senior adults!

The governor’s proposal for the FY 2013-2014 two-year state budget includes deep cuts in Virginia’s Medicaid waiver program and other disability services. If adopted, the cap on EDCD waiver personal assistance hours will drop from 56 to 48 per week. The Medicaid waiver financial eligibility criteria will drop from a monthly income of 300% of SSI ($2,094) to 250% of SSI ($1,745). People currently receiving waiver services could become ineligible, placing more pressure on local government in-home services, which are also slated for state budget cuts! Other state disability and aging programs would be cut or eliminated, including the Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Your help is needed to stop these cuts!! Please take time to attend local hearings and speak out – ask state legislators to oppose cuts in Medicaid waiver and other programs and reverse cuts made over the past 2 years!

REGIONAL BUDGET HEARING – Senate Finance and House Appropriations
Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. – GMU – Johnson Ctr. (Dewberry Hall), 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Speaker registration begins at 9 a.m. Arrive early!

LOCAL DELEGATION HEARINGS – Speak directly to your own legislators
Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. – Arlington Delegation, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, County Bd. Rm. (3rd Floor) – Arrive by 6:30 p.m. to register to speak.

Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. – Loudoun Delegation, Loudoun County Admin Bldg, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg in the Board of Supervisors Auditorium (1st Floor) – Register to speak at the door.

Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 9 a.m. – Fairfax Delegation at the Fairfax County Govt. Ctr., 12000 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy., Fairfax, VA 22035 in the Board Auditorium — Call Clerk to the Board at 703.324.3151 for speaker number or sign up at door.

State legislators have the power to reject/reverse these budget cuts. But, for them to do that, they must hear from you!!

For more information or for assistance preparing testimony, contact Doris at ECNV at 703-525-3268 or via email at Your peer counselor or other ECNV staff can also assist.


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