In This Issue:

  • Our Holiday Open House is December 11!
  • Three Ways to Support The Arc-JCCGC This Colorado Gives Season
  • Emergency Funding for Medicaid Update
  • End Disability Discrimination in Health Care!
  • Come to Coffee House on November 16
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Three Ways to Support
The Arc -JCCGC This Colorado Gives Season

  1. Donate! By choosing to give to The Arc-JCCGC on our Colorado Gives page, you are helping to make our community a more inclusive and empowering place for people of all abilities.
  2. Consider Monthly Giving. If a one-time gift doesn’t seem like a fit, monthly giving might be right for you. Contributing just $5 a month makes an impact. Monthly contributions are also boosted by Colorado Gives!
  3. Share! Spread the word to friends, family, and the community! Follow, like, and share our social media to uplift our outreach. (See the icons at the bottom of this message!)

Any donation made through our Colorado Gives page from today through December 5 will be boosted by Colorado Gives’ Incentive Fund.

Now is a great time to show your support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and The Arc!
Female nurse sitting on the couch with a woman who has Down syndrome

Emergency Funding for Medicaid Update

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Relief Act of 2023. This bill would increase funding for people with disabilities to live in their communities. A house companion bill is expected soon. The bill would provide two years of additional Medicaid funds to:

  1. Improve access to HCBS by increasing direct care worker pay and benefits;
  2. Decrease the number of people on waiting lists for HCBS (currently over 650,000); and
  3. Pay for assistive technologies, staffing, and other costs that facilitate community integration.

We need Congress to take action NOW. Tell your members of Congress to support the HCBS Relief Act, which will mandate these supports and services in Medicaid—because #CareCantWait!

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End Disability Discrimination in Healthcare

People with disabilities face many barriers to accessing health care. 

  • Have you ever had a doctor discriminate against you because of your disability? 
  • Have you been unable to use medical equipment? 
  • Have you had a doctor refuse to see you because of your disability? 
  • Has your support person been excluded from your appointments? 
  • Have you had trouble accessing medical services because of your disability or gone without needed care?  

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is updating critical rules that address discrimination against people with disabilities in government-funded health care and human service programs. The proposed rules would apply to health care and human service programs and activities that receive federal dollars, including by hospitals and health care providers that accept Medicaid or Medicare. 

The new rule aims to:  
  • Ensure that medical treatment decisions are not based on biases or stereotypes about individuals with disabilities.  
  • Prohibit the use of tools that place a lower value on the lives of people with disabilities and can limit access to benefits and services. 
  • Ensure diagnostic medical equipment at doctors’ offices (such as weight scales, examination tables, mammography equipment, X-ray machines, and more) are accessible to people using wheelchairs or mobility aids. 
  • Ensure websites, mobile apps, self-serve kiosks, and other technology used in health care settings can be used by all patients. 
  • Strengthen protections so that child welfare activities do not discriminate against children, parents, caregivers, foster parents, and prospective parents with disabilities.
  • Support people to not be institutionalized by ensuring services are provided in the most integrated setting appropriate.
If you have experienced these issues or related problems you can help end disability discrimination in health care! Submit a comment by November 13.

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Come to Coffee House on November 16

Coffee. Tea. Lemonade. Water. Your drink of choice is up to you!

What matters to us is that you don’t miss Coffee House – The Arc-JCCGC’s monthly social gathering.

Join us. Everyone is welcome! We hope to see you there.

Thursday, November 16
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Panera Bread -- 650 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood (Southeast corner of Wadsworth & Center Ave).

Questions? Email