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

March 8, 2017 

I am thankful for all of those who said no to me. 
It's because of them I did it myself.

~Wayne W. Dyer
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Fruit Sale Success! 
A big thank you to all who bought fruit through our recent fruit sale.  Each year, we are proud to provide quality fruit, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers.  Did you know that they go through each and every box, removing questionable pieces of fruit?  The result, great quality and our largest, most successful fundraiser of the year. 

Photo credit: Peg Leemkuil 

The Arc Dane County Fruit Sale Committee
thanks you for your continued support. 
State Budget Trainings
Want to learn about what's in the Wisconsin State Budget?  Concerned about whether supports people with disabilities need will continue to be funded? Attend a State Budget Training in your area.

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, The Arc Wisconsin and Disability Rights Wisconsin are partnering to bring budget trainings about disability issues to as many communities as possible during the months of February and March.

The Dane County session is brought to you by The Arc Dane Counting and Living our Visions:
March 22, 6 - 8 PM
Orchard Ridge Church of Christ
1501 Gilbert Rd., Madison

PACE: Parent & Caregiver Education
Thursday, March 16; 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Speaker: Ron Konkol
"Social Security Benefits & Resources"

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 online at

PACE Forums are a partnership of

In This Issue
Upcoming  Events
The Arc National Events
National Arc Advocacy:
Health Care/Medicaid - Bills To Repeal ACA & Cut Medicaid Being Analyzed 
Late last week, a draft bill believed to be under consideration for the House Republican approach to restructuring Medicaid and repealing the Affordable Care Act was "leaked". It is believed that the draft bill and perhaps other draft bills have been sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to obtain cost estimates (known as "scoring") expected to assist the House Energy and Commerce Committee in preparing legislation for possible mark-up during the week of March 6. It is, of course, unknown until the Committee releases its own bill what the actual legislation will try to achieve. However, given the elements of the leaked version and the proposals that have been discussed to date, it is likely to involve repeal of key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and drastic cuts to Medicaid through permanent restructuring of the federal/state partnership relationship. Therefore, continued advocacy is more urgent than ever. See action alert:  TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT GUTTING OF THE ACA AND MEDICAID .
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