THE INTERFAITH DISABILITY ADVOCACY COALITION, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY
Lara Schwartz for AAPD 202.521.4309/202.253.5370(c) email@example.com
Lauren Cozzi for UCP 202.973.7114/203.858.5292(c) LCozzi@ucp.org
Leaders from the Religious Community to Host a Web Chat: Protecting Medicaid across Faith Lines for People with Disabilities
Americans of many faiths support policies and programs that promote independence and dignity for people with disabilities. Medicaid is a tool that enables millions of Americans with disabilities to contribute to their communities, families, and congregations. As leaders in Washington contemplate slashing budgets for vital services, it is important that the voices of the faith community be a vibrant part of the national conversation.
On November 10th, The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC): a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of religious and religiously affiliated organizations whose core spiritual values affirm the rights and dignity of people with disabilities, will host a web chat to discuss current deficit reduction strategies. Representing a broad cross-section of our country’s varied faith traditions, participating IDAC members will share their unique perspectives on why Medicaid must be preserved.
IDAC participants include:
Meg Cooch - Director of Policy and Advocacy, Lutheran Services in America Disability Network: “When thinking about deficit reduction and balancing the budget, we must apply our faith values to possible proposals. Medicaid allows people with disabilities the opportunity to be full participants in our society by providing critical services and job supports.”
David Feinman- Senior Legislative Associate, the Jewish Federations of North America: “Considering the challenges the “Super Committee” and the rest of the Congress face coming to a consensus on most issues, it is critical that they hear from people who want to have a constructive conversation.”
Maggie Mitchell Siddiqi, Islamic Society of North America - "In Islam, we are instructed to protect the dignity of every human being and provide help for those in need. As a Muslim, I believe in the importance of preserving safety net programs like Medicaid, which help people maintain their dignity and self-sufficiency.”