• PRESS RELEASE: Passage of the AHCA in the House Jeopardizes Health Care for Millions of Disabled Americans and Older Americans

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 5, 2017

    CONTACT:
    Anastasia Bacigalupo
    (310) 390-3611
    anastasia@wcil.org

    Passage of the AHCA by the House Jeopardizes Health Care for Millions of Disabled Americans and Older Americans

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Statement by WCIL Executive Director Anastasia Bacigalupo on the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

    “Yesterday the US House of Representatives passed the AHCA jeopardizing health care coverage and independence for people with pre-existing conditions and people who receive community-based supports through Medicaid.  This legislation threatens to leave millions of disabled Americans and older Americans without health care and needed supports to live independently in their communities.

    As it is currently written the legislation proposes to cut more than $830 billion from the Medicaid program, forcing states to choose between raising state taxes and cutting healthcare services for poor children, disabled Americans and older Americans. In turn, states will be forced to reduce Medicaid benefits, impose waiting lists, implement unaffordable financial obligations, or otherwise restrict access to needed assistance. Without adequate support in the community, disabled Americans and older Americans will face placement in nursing facilities and other institutions, only increasing the strain on already-limited Medicaid resources.

    Regardless of this disappointing vote out of the US House of Representatives, WCIL and the disability community continues the fight against the AHCA.  WCIL calls on the US Senate to reject the legislation that threatens to jeopardize the health of millions of disabled Americans and older Americans.”

    WCIL and members of the disability community are available for comment and reaction.  For more information, contact Netely Orias at (310) 390-3611 netely@wcil.org

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    The Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL) is a community center with the mission to provide people with disabilities of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds with the tools needed to overcome the barriers that interfere with their independence in the areas of housing, employment and healthcare. The WCIL serves over 2,000 each year with resources, support, training and information. For more information visit:  www.wcil.org

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    Save the ADA: Oppose H.R. 620

    April 18, 2017
    URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

    The efforts to roll back the rights of people with disabilities through ADA Notification bills like H.R. 620 are gaining momentum in Congress. While similar bills have been unable to garner enough  support to pass into law, we do not expect that to be the case in this Congress. This bill continues to gain support from both sides of the aisle in Congress, and it’s on us to fight it!

    H.R. 620 would create additional barriers to seeing our rights enforced under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition to requiring that businesses in violation of the ADA be provided with a very specific written notice by the person who encountered the access barrier, those businesses would then be allowed a lengthy time frame to “make substantial progress in removing the barrier.” Not only would this remove any incentive for businesses to come into compliance with the ADA before receiving a notification, but it would also shift the onus of monitoring compliance to the very people being discriminated against! Twenty-seven years after the ADA was signed into law, this is unacceptable. H.R. 620 would be a major setback for people with disabilities.

    We need you to take action! We hope you have already been in touch with your Representatives about the dangers of this bill. Please keep it up!  You can get in touch with your Representatives by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

    Specifically we need you to reach out to Congressman Ted Lieu and Congresswoman Karen Bass because they are members of the House Judiciary Committee who will be voting on this bill soon. Please tell Congressman Lieu and Congresswoman Bass to OPPOSE H.R. 620 and any other bill that would weaken the ADA, thereby weakening the protections for people with disabilities all over the country.

    Congressman Lieu’s phone number is 323-651-1040.
    Congresswoman Bass’ phone number is 323-965-1422.

    If you are not sure what do say, please click here for talking points to use during your phone call.

    If you can also send an email to each Representative through their website:
    Click here to email Congressman Lieu.
    Click here to email Congresswoman Bass.

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    Press Release- DISABILITY ADVOCATES HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO DEMAND PRESERVATION OF COMMUNITY-BASED MEDICAID SERVICES

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    For more information:
    Anastasia Bacigalupo (310) 740-8701
    anastasia@wcil.org
    www.wcil.org
    #WCILByYourSide

    ***MEDIA ADVISORY***

    DISABILITY ADVOCATES HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO DEMAND PRESERVATION OF COMMUNITY-BASED MEDICAID SERVICES

    Los Angeles, CA (March 20, 2017): On the eve of the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the American Health Care Act (ACHA) that if passed will put thousands of Californians with disabilities at high risk to loose vital community-based services, the Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL) will host a dynamic panel discussion featuring a broad-based coalition of disability rights advocates and attorneys emphasizing the importance of preserving access to community-based Medicaid services, a critical safety net role in financing health care services.

    Panel focus is preserving Community First Choice Option (CFCO), an optional Federal funding incentive that provides additional funding for community-based services, vital medical care and other long term services and supports needed by people with disabilities. Panelists will include:

    Phyllis Siegel, Disabled Advocate. Ms. Siegel will discuss how the loss of the CFCO funds will result in her In Home Support Services (IHSS) hours will be reduced or eliminated. The IHSS hours she receives allow her to live at home instead of a facility away from her community and circle of support. She is representative of 500,000 IHSS recipients in California who will lose part or all of their IHSS hours.

    Arica McGary, Personal Care Attendant. Ms. McGary will explain the impact of reducing or eliminating IHSS hours for other IHSS workers like her. She will either lose hours or lose her position supporting Ms. Siegel all together. She is representative of 400,000 IHSS workers in California who will be negatively impacted by the repeal of the ACA.

    Tina Segura, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Legal Center. Ms. Segura works at the Cancer Legal Resource Center. She will share the legal ramifications of the ACHA on people affected by cancer and other disabling diseases.

    The current Republican bill will eliminate CFCO by 2020 by introducing block grants and cut to Medicaid funding. The panel will evidence how this will lead to painful limits on treatment that would force states to ration or deny health care to those in nursing homes, with disabilities, and/or near the poverty line.

    WHEN:

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM-12:00PM

    WHERE:

    Westside Center for Independent Living, 12901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

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    The Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL) is a disability community resource center. WCIL provides people with disabilities of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds with the tools needed to overcome the barriers that interfere with their independence in the areas of housing, employment and healthcare. WCIL serves over 2,000 people each year with resources, support, training and information. For more information, please visit: www.wcil.org