Petition to U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, U.S. Senator Richard Burr
protect health care for our most vulnerable citizens
There will be problems for many of us (who are older, have lower incomes and/or pre-existing conditions) with the health care law that passed the House Of Representatives. For people with intellectual/developmental disabilities the $800 billion cut to Medicaid will be devastating. Please stand with this vulnerable community and let your senators know you care. Medicaid funding for community supports, in-home services and habilitation is what replaced living in institutions for many people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. While the most important reason to provide care and support for people in this manner is that it's kinder and more life-affirming, another reason is that it's cheaper (because of all the free services kicked in by the family). So while Medicaid block grants and budget cuts are a nightmare to people with disabilities and their families, they don't even make sense at a fiscal level. Please ask your Senators to do the right thing and not decimate health care through support of the House bill.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States
Contact Congress- don't approve H.R. 1313 - employees required to provide DNA to employers
A House Committee has approved a bill, H.R. 1313, that would remove the existing legal protections with respect to genetic testing. As a result, employers could require employees either to submit to genetic testing or to face penalties. Currently, the 2008 legislation known as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA for short) prohibits such practices. HR 1313 states that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a workplace wellness program. “What this bill would do is completely take away the protections of existing laws,” said Jennifer Mathis, director of policy and legal advocacy at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a civil rights group. In particular, privacy and other protections for genetic and health information in GINA and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act “would be pretty much eviscerated,” she said. Enacting this bill could have an impact that reaches past so-called medical concerns and could have an impact in the area of eugenics.