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

August 9, 2017 

People underestimate their capacity for change. 
There is never a right time to do a difficult thing.    
What's Happening at The Arc Dane County
Save The Date - October 19
By this time the state will have held multiple September hearings regarding the transition to Family Care in January 2018.  On Thursday, October 19, The Arc Dane County, along with other disability advocacy organizations will host Making a Critical Choice: What You Need to Know About The Family Care/IRIS. One daytime and one evening, repeat program, is planned.  You will learn:
  • The new role of the Dane County Aging Disability Resource Center (ADRC) will be. 
  • What you need to know to be best prepared for your initial functional screen. 
  • Choices you need to make regarding a managed care provider, home provider or more independent provider called I Direct I Self Respect (IRIS).
Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 19 at Alliant Energy Center.
Never Underestimate The Power of The Disability Community

Just the previous week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a dangerous bill that would have been devastating to people with disabilities and their families (you can read The Arc's statement about it here). At stake was access to health care for millions of people and massive cuts to Medicaid.   

This victory is because of you! For months, disability rights activists have been calling their Members of Congress, sharing their stories, showing up to rallies and town hall events - and it made all the difference. The Arc is deeply grateful to each and every one of you for all your hard work to protect Medicaid. 

We celebrate this victory. We remain vigilant, and as we continue our advocacy efforts, The Arc is proud to be with you in this fight!
In This Issue
Upcoming  Events

The Arc National Events
Waisman Center's Longitudinal Study of Wisconsin Adult Long Term Care
The purpose of this study is to understand changes over time in services and quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive adult long term care supports in the state of Wisconsin. We aim to longitudinally follow individuals and family members by administering an online survey once a year for five consecutive years. 
Register Now for the 2017 Golf Outing!
Be ready for a day of fun at this 18-Hole Scramble Event!  This is our single largest fundraising event of the year.  Help us be inviting friends and family to golf, sponsor, or donate a raffle prize.
  • 8am-9am Registration
  • 9:30am Shotgun Start
  • $5000 cash prize putting contest. 
  • Cash Prize for closest to the pin on a Par 3
  • Hole Prizes, Silent Auction, and Prize Drawings
Registration Fees are $115/golfer by August 15 & $130/golfer after August 15.  Fees include the putting contest, greens fee, cart, lunch and a goodie bag.

Event Hosts:
Mitch Henk, The Mitch Henck Show
Leah Linscheid, WISC-TV News

Special Thanks to our Everybody's Golf Tourney
Major Sponsors:

2017 Membership Renewal Drive
It is time for The Arc Dane County's annual membership renewal drive!

Your membership provides financial support for our work promoting advocacy, social & educational events and information sharing. It allows us to provide all of this free of charge.
You also benefit:
  • You are part of the national Arc focusing on policy issues that affect the disabled from the halls of Congress, Department of Health Services all the way to our own communities (Repeal of ACA and cuts to Medicaid that impact state benefits are front and center)
  • Inclusive social events, ongoing educational programs
  • Receiving current information via The Messenger (our e-newsletter) and
  • Quick access to current information & relevant to services in Dane County, Wisconsin and Nationwide-The Arc Dane County curates information & news to help you find topics relevant to you
  • Collaboration with other organizations and the slightly different roles they play in advocating for disabled people in Dane County
We are proud to have you as a member. 
Did Your Senators Vote to Protect Medicaid?
Type in your address to our simple form here to find out and use the template to send an email with your thanks or disappointment. Make sure to edit the template by adding in your own story about the importance of Medicaid in your life!
Because of the hard work and determination of activists like you, the dangerous bill to cut Medicaid and cause millions of people to lose their health coverage was defeated. These cuts to Medicaid would have been devastating to people with disabilities and their families and threaten access to life in the community.
This was an incredible victory, but we must remain vigilant and remember that already this year Congress and the Administration have proposed over a trillion dollars in cuts to Medicaid.
Governor Scott Walker says Congress should give states block grants to fund health care programs but give them "full responsibility" over what they look like.

Walker, also head of the RGA, released a statement Saturday advising Congress on what to do next following the Senate failing to pass a replacement to the Affordable Care Act. Walker said the "best way to repeal and replace Obamacare" is similar to the 1996 changes in welfare, which gave states block grants and flexibility to set up their own programs.

He said state leaders are more accountable and know their local health care markets better.

"Giving states full responsibility allows decisions to be make closer to the people so they can accommodate state and regional needs as opposed to a one-size-fits-all mentality from Washington," he said.

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