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June 26, 2017 – Join the People’s Filibuster Week of Action Last week, the Senate released their healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This bill is as bad or worse than the House healthcare bill, especially for people with disabilities. Despite releasing the bill a few days ago, the Senate is rushing to vote on the bill this Thursday. We urge you to participate in a People’s Filibuster Week and take action. Read the alert here.
June 20, 2017 – Senate Planning Vote on Healthcare Bill – Call Your Senator Today! The Senate is putting the final touches on its own version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House in May. Unfortunately, our best understanding at this moment is that the Senate bill makes an even deeper cut to Medicaid, while maintaining the other harmful provisions. Learn more and find out how you can help here.
May 26, 2017 – Bazelon Center supports the Raise the Wage Act of 2017.
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law strongly supports the Raise the Wage Act of 2017, which was introduced today by Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders and Representatives Bobby Scott and Keith Ellison. Read more about the Act and how it helps people with disabilities here.
May 24, 2017 – Bazelon Center Responds to Senator Request for Stakeholder Input. The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law recently wrote a response to Senator Orrin Hatch’s request for stakeholder input on healthcare reform following the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Read the letter here.
April 27, 2017 – House Considering Vote on Harmful Health Care Bill – Call Congress Now.
A new amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is winning the support of the House Freedom Caucus making it more likely that a vote by the House of Representatives could happen as early as this weekend. Action is needed immediately to stop the AHCA from being approved by the House of Representatives. This is the bill that proposes to gut the Medicaid program through per capita caps and block grants and repeal many provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are critical to people with disabilities. Learn more.
March 22, 2017 – Contact Your Representative and Tell Them to Vote No on the American Healthcare Act.
The House will vote tomorrow, March 23, 2017 on whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The House bill proposes to cut 25% of Medicaid’s budget, eliminate the guarantee that Medicaid will provide the health and supportive services (including mental health and substance use disorder services) that people need, and kick 14 million Americans off of Medicaid. Read more.
March 7, 2017 – Tell Your Elected Officials to Oppose the American Health Care Act! House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act, a bill that repeals crucial parts of the Affordable Care Act for people with mental illness.Read more here.
February 15, 2017 – Tell Your Senators to Preserve Critical Protections for Students with Disabilities!
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to overturn the Department of Education’s regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA’s) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities. The Senate will vote soon on whether to follow the House and overturn the regulation. We ask you to call your Senators today and vote “no” and protect students with disabilities. Read more here.
February 8, 2017 – Tell Your Senator to Vote No on Jeff Sessions and Tom Price.
President Trump has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions to be United States Attorney General. Mr. Sessions’ long history of opposing key protections for people with disabilities suggests that under his leadership, the Justice Department would not vigorously enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other important disability rights laws. The President has also nominated Congressman Tom Price to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As a member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Price has sought to dismantle critical programs providing services to people with disabilities, including the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid program. We ask you to call Senators today to tell them to vote “no” on both the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Read more here.
February 1, 2017 – Bazelon Center Opposes Supreme Court Nomination of Neil Gorsuch The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a national legal advocacy organization advancing the rights of people with mental disabilities, opposes President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Bazelon Center believes appointing Judge Gorsuch to the high court would result in significant harm to the lives of people with disabilities. Read more here.
January 24, 2017 – Tell Your Senator to Vote No On Betsy DeVos
President Trump has nominated Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos to be Secretary of Education. The Department of Education is responsible for ensuring that all children, including children with disabilities, receive a quality education, free from discrimination. Ms. DeVos’s record and testimony at her Senate confirmation hearing disqualify her from leading the Department in this critical mission. We ask you to call Senators today to tell them to vote “no” on her nomination for Secretary of Education. Read the alert here.
July 5, 2016 – Bazelon Calls for Comments Against New Social Security Administration Rule on FBI Background Check Database The Bazelon Center urges people to submit comments opposing the Social Security Administration’s proposed rule to report individuals with a representative payee due to a mental impairment to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System gun database. Read the alert here.
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