The Messenger
A Newsletter From The Arc Dane County
Supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 65 years

March 22, 2017 

Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same.
Fairness means everyone gets what they need.

What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Register Now! - The Arc Awards Banquet
The Arc Awards Banquet is at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  The event will take place from 6-8:30pm.  Tickets are $35 each and include dinner.

Eleven individuals will be recognized for their outstanding efforts benefiting people with developmental disabilities and forwarding The Arc-Dane County's mission.  Click here for information and a full list of award winners.

The Arc 2017 Spring Ball
Get your dancing shoes ready for this year's Spring Ball.  We will be dancing the afternoon away at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club on Sunday April 30th from 2pm - 5pm.  We hope you can join us for a fun  afternoon of dancing, friends and celebrating the spring season. 

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.  Don't wait to get yours, they sell out fast!  Ticket Request Forms are due on or before April 10th.  Forms are available by clicking here.
PACE: Parent & Caregiver Education
Thursday, April 27
Speaker: Bruce Barge
"Financial Planning for Families with
Individuals 18 & Older"

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4402 E. Washington Ave, Madison WI 53703
Cost (includes dinner & presentation): $7.00 per person, $10.00 for professionals
Pre-registration is required: 
please phone 608-442-5555 or 800-693-2287
or register by emailing

PACE Forums are a partnership of

In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
National Advocacy:
ACTION ALERT: Call Congress NOW to Stop Medicaid Cuts and Health Care Repeal
People's health, services and lives are at stake! Congress is rushing to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act and to partially pay for it by capping the federal payment and making drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. The level of cuts over time would decimate the Medicaid program.

When will this happen? The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this Thursday. The Senate has indicated that it would like to vote on the House bill before the mid-April recess.

The new bill, called the American Health Care Act, includes an $880 billion cut to Medicaid over the next decade. According to the Congressional Budget Office it will result in 24 million without health insurance by 2026, this includes 14 million fewer people enrolled in Medicaid.

We urgently need advocates to reach out to Congress and tell them to stop the repeal of the ACA and the cuts to Medicaid. Advocates need to explain why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families.

Take Action:  Call your Senators and Representatives today. Every single call matters! Don't let them take away health care and services for millions of people and pay for it with CUTS to the Medicaid program. 
What to Say: 
  • I am a member of The Arc.
  • Share your story: The ACA and Medicaid helps me/my family member to have health care and community based services. 
  • Do NOT support repeal of the ACA. 
  • Do NOT allow cuts to Medicaid
In the News: QuickLinks
The Arc Dane County | (608) 833-1199
6602 Grand Teton Plaza | Madison, WI 53719