September 12, 2019 | Issue #9
Urgent action needed: act now to protect Medicaid
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are proposing to significantly weaken an existing rule that makes sure that Medicaid reimbursement rates are enough to allow people to access services and supports that they need. Submit comments by tomorrow, Friday, September 13.
Transition Conference registration is open!
This full day conference, welcoming families of loved ones ages 12-26 and professionals, will be held on  Saturday, November 16  at the Hogan Campus Center at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Registration is  $75 per person .
Government Affairs
The Arc celebrates Direct Support Professional Recognition Week 2019
Please join The Arc of Massachusetts, ADDP, ANCOR and other disability advocacy groups in recognizing the dedication and accomplishments of our terrific DSPs this week. We've been sharing stories all week long of the invaluable roles DSPs play; be sure to check them out on our website.
The Arc testifies in support of developmental disability definition bill
On Tuesday, September 10, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian, testified before the Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee in support of H155/S61, two bills that will adopt the federal definition of developmental disability in place of the current state definition.
The Arc releases Supporting the Direct Support Workforce brochure
This booklet contains the stories of families impacted by this crisis, as a snapshot of the 92% of family caregivers that indicated difficulty with finding and hiring DSPs.
Not itemizing your taxes? Consider Making a Gift from your IRA!
Qualified charitable distributions allow people 70 ½ and older to give up to $100,000 from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to charity each year. The distribution counts toward your minimum required distribution for the year and it is excluded from your adjusted gross income. Charitable distributions are not eligible for a charitable tax deduction since they are exempt from income tax. The tax-free transfer lets you benefit from making a gift to The Arc of Massachusetts, even without itemizing. 

You should note that the gift from your IRA must be made directly by the custodian of your IRA, not you. Call the financial institution that holds your IRA and ask about its charitable rollover procedures. Please consult your tax advisor to confirm how you would benefit from this opportunity.

Please contact Katrin Aback, Director of Development, at or 781-891-6270 x105 if you have any questions.
2019 Transition Conference
Thank you to our first group of sponsors!
September 25 | 12PM

Discover how to combat caregiver stress by learning about the available resources and support for caregivers as well as in-home support services for older adults.
October 8 | 12PM

Participants will learn about philosophies on inclusion, tips for accessing community recreation, understanding different program models, overcoming barriers, and exploring benefits.
Sponsor Spotlight
The work of The Arc of Massachusetts is made possible by generous donations from people like you, friend. None of our advocacy, education, and outreach would be possible without your continued support. Please consider giving today.