52 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Centers for Medicare an Medicaid Services, Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Ohio Governor, Ohio Medicaid, OACBDD , Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Ohio

Ohio to Address Shortage of Home Care Providers

There is a shortage of nurses and personal care attendants across the state of Ohio. In fact there is a nationwide shortage. In Ohio it is more complex then any other state.  Our state has unfair auditing practices that drive our providers out. We continually have problems with providers being paid on a consistent basis as well.  In addition our state GPS tracks people with disabilities and their providers through the use of Electronic Visit Verification. The Federal Law doesn't require GPS tracking. Ohio has done this to cut down on fraud and in the process violated the Civil Rights of both consumers and providers. Thus making more people leave. Ohio has also pushed 80% of the state into managed care. This also has created many access barriers for Ohioans statewide. If a person on managed care needs a home care provider they are far and few in between. For some of the managed care plans it can take an approved or established Medicaid Provider up to six months to get a home care aide or nurse approved on managed care.  Consumers are one step away from ending up in nursing homes. The state just doesn't give a  dam. We as consumers demand something be done. Our providers are put through so much with PCG and unfair auditing practices. Then to wait months and months to be credentialed by privatized Medicaid  plans is creating access barriers to care.  It bad enough managed care itself limits the ability to find providers in medical world as well. We need more providers The problems go beyond Medicaid. Those who get services from the County DODD boards also have a shortage in providers. One mother from Akron called over 500 providers since May and still doesn't have an aide to work for her son. This is wrong!  We need our SSA's and Case managers calling helping these families find providers. It is ridiculous that people have gone 60, 90, or even six months without the care they need for their children or adults with disabilities.  I call on the Governor to declare a shortage of homecare workers, I call on Ohio Medicaid to do the same and the Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities. I call on CMS to declare a shortage. We have folks who are going to end up in nursing homes and institutions if something is not done to help situation. I call on the head of CMS to examine situation in Ohio because no one is listening. I call on my State Representatives and my State Senators please for the sake of our children and adults with disabilities who want to be our community.  I also call on Disability Rights Ohio. Consumers have called you with problematic situations yet get no response. Please step up before our people end up in nursing homes and institutions.  We want up to date provider directories, fair auditing practices, better training for SSA's and Case managers for helping consumers find providers. In addition we want EVV requirements spelled out because chaos and confusion is causing providers to leave. We want DODD boards to work together to find people providers if not declare a shortages to help these families. We want Ohio Department of Medicaid to fix the process for established Medicaid Providers when it comes to being providers under managed care. Lastly we want you to declare a shortage of providers and help find way to get more providers on board. We want solutions not more laws that push out providers. Our loves matter just as much as yours.  #OurHomesNotNursingHomes   

Alicia Hopkins
1,891 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, James Frank, Mac Thornberry, Greg Abbott

Provide services for the 153,551 Texans with disabilities on waiting lists

In Texas, there are currently 153,551 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on waiting lists to receive services through different Medicaid waiver programs. Those on waiting lists are denied services paid for by Medicaid which may include: physical and specialized therapies, supported employment, adaptive aids such as wheelchairs, medical supplies, day programs, respite care, speech and language pathology, transition service assistance, and so much more. Texas continues to sit at the bottom of the ranking for removing people with disabilities from waiting lists. Our most current number shows there are 153,551 individuals with I/DD in Texas waiting for services. That's just about all of the population of Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Vernon, Iowa Park, Holliday, Henrietta, Electra, and Petrolia!  To see a visual comparison of other states from 2016, click on the following link: this graphic, you will see that in 2016, Texas was home to over 46% of people on waiting lists out of our entire country. At The Arc of Wichita County, we encounter people on a daily basis that are on waiting lists and we can see the negative impact this has on their lives. Our hope is that by bringing this to light, that those with disabilities in our area along with the other 153,000+ people in Texas will be moved off of the waiting lists and receive the support so desperately needed. Serious change has to take place for the waiting list to be significantly reduced, and the only way that is possible will be for the I/DD community to speak up!  Thank you and be sure to spread the word!     Sources: 

The Arc of Wichita County
3,243 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Timothy Hill, Paul Bailey, Rusty Crowe, Frank Niceley, Jon Lundberg

Block Bill HB1280/SB1428 in Tennessee

Passing HB1280/SB1428 will negatively impact the health & wellbeing of all Tennesseans because it will prevent the expansion of Medicaid federally when approximately 460,000 people are currently uninsured. For Northeast TN it presents a larger, more immediate danger in that Ballad Health already exists as a medical monopoly governed by a COPA that granted antitrust immunity from federal laws (FTC).  If this Bill passes, federal dollars from Medicaid will be given to the State of Tennessee through block grants therefore limiting the jurisdiction of the federal government. As a result, Ballad Health would have even fewer checks and balances. As a healthcare system that controls an average of 78% of all in-patient healthcare (>95% in the urban areas) and as the largest employer in the region with over 15,000 employees, Ballad Health has a tremendous amount of power over the people with very little consequences for its actions already. Passing this bill will only increase this power and put the people at greater risk.  The people of Tennessee need to you to help them get/stay insured, have access to quality healthcare choices, and be able to afford that care.  Sign the petition and let our State Representatives & Senators know that we do NOT want this legislation passed.  Note: Donating on this site DOES NOT support the cause. It only "promotes" this petition for more signatures.

Dani Cook
3,151 supporters