Association for Retarded Citizens

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Association for Retarded Citizens
Association for Retarded Citizens is listed in the Foster Care Services category in Gainesville, Florida. Displayed below are the social networks for Association for Retarded Citizens which include a Facebook page and a Twitter account. The activity and popularity of Association for Retarded Citizens on these social networks gives it a ZapScore of 84.

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4617 NW 33rd Ct
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 372-7122

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News You Can Use - July 2017
“More than 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid to live and work in their communities. This bill severely cuts Medicaid. Home and community based services are optional or waiver services for states and, when facing a loss of billions in federal funding, they are what is likely to be…


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The Arc USA (www.thearc.org) provided some news that the U.S. Senate is contemplating action next week on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passing a 'new' Better Care Reconciliation Bill, and cutting Medicaid. Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to indicate 2 days ago a desire to drop the entire 'repeal and replacement of ACA,' it would appear that there is pressure from some to try once more to repeal it and replace it with a 'new,' 'improved' Better Care Reconciliation Act. It was only yesterday that we thanked you for your valiant advocacy and lobbying efforts over the past week with our U.S Senators from Florida, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. Well, we are asking you to once again contact them this weekend and early next week. We need you to tell them NOT to repeal ACA, NOT to cut Medicaid, and NOT to pass whatever monstrosity is put forth as the 'new' and 'improved' Better Care Reconciliation Act. These measures will hurt those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), not to mention other vulnerable citizens like seniors, veterans, and the poor. So call Senator Bill Nelson's office at 1-202-224-5274 and Senator Marco Rubio's office at 1-202-224-3041. Tell them to oppose these measures that will have a deleterious impact on folks with disabilities. Speak up for your sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and loved ones. Speak up for the Arc of Alachua County, its staff, its mission, and its clients. We need you once again to 'fight' and 'advocate' on behalf of those who need it it most. We have been successful so far, and there is no reason to believe that we can't continue to be successful if we just stay diligent and vigilant. Fight On Friends of Arc, Fight On!


US Sen thinking repeal of ACA, passage of 'new' BetterCareReconAct. Call Sen. Nelson(202-224-5274) & Sen. Rubio(202 twitter.com/i/web/status/8…


Arc of Ala Co thanks everyone who called elected officials to say "NO" to M-Caid cuts & Better Care Reconciliation twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Dear Friends of The Arc of Alachua County: Thank you for the letters, phone calls, and emails to our elected officials in Washington, D.C. asking them NOT to cut Medicaid and asking them NOT to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the dreadful Better Care Reconciliation Act. With the news on Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was not going to call for a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act since he did not have the votes necessary in the U.S. Senate to pass it, friends, families and caregivers of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as those with disabilities themselves, took some measure of solace in the knowledge that their lobbying and advocacy efforts had paid off. The Arc of Alachua County, The Arc of Florida and The Arc of the USA thank everybody who called, wrote or emailed their elected representatives in an effort to protect Medicaid and, more importantly, to fight for the ones we love. However, as The Arc USA noted in a message to all its members this morning, we all must remain vigilant. It is likely that, even in the wake of this defeat, enemies of the Affordable Care Act will now look to simply repeal it altogether (even without anything with which to replace it) or look to slash Medicaid (and other social safety net programs such as Social Security and Medicare) as part of other major legislative efforts (such as Tax Reform perhaps) as a run-up to the 2018 mid-term elections. We urge all friends of The Arc of Alachua County and all Friends of Persons with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities to remain ever vigilant! And we thank you for your efforts so far in protecting Medicaid from cuts that would have spelled disaster for our children, our friends, our loved ones, and our clients. Way to teach those in 'power' a lesson in 'civics.' By the way, if you wish to keep abreast of everything going on relative the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid funding and everything impacting folks with I/DD, or know of others that wish to join us in this righteous cause, The Arc USA asks you to 'JOIN THE FIGHT' at: https://blog.thearc.org/joinourfight/


Arc's Mark Swain asks friends of folks w/ I/DD: Call Nelson & Rubio. Supp ArcUSA statement against US Sen HC Bill: twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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As Executive Director of The Arc of Alachua County, I am in service to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). I love my job, my staff, and the clients I see every day here at The Arc. Our clients are just like you and me -- they live, they love, they laugh, they cry, and they depend on others for help and assistance. But 'we' are under assault. In past 'Mark's Monday's Minutes,' I've made you aware of the potential harm that could come to our clients -- indeed, all folks with I/DD here in Florida and throughout the U.S -- if the current health care bill under discussion in the U.S Senate is passed into law. Not only would it repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but it would severely curtail Medicaid, a primary source of funding for folks with disabilities. For a state that is already last - that's right, dead last - in funding for folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities - this bill, if made law, would exacerbate the 'nightmare' scenarios already afoot in Florida: provider closings, long wait lists for services, reduced services, and declining reimbursement rates. This is simply unacceptable and unethical. On behalf of The Arc of Alachua County - the clients we serve and the staff who work tirelessly to fulfill our mission - I ask you to join us in supporting the following statement issued by The Arc of the U.S.A. in opposition to the bill currently under discussion in the U.S. Senate. The statement reads as follows: “This bill will have a devastating impact on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Make no mistake – people’s lives and independence are on the line. “More than 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid to live and work in their communities. This bill severely cuts Medicaid. Home and community based services are optional or waiver services for states and, when facing a loss of billions in federal funding, they are what is likely to be cut first. The Arc is outraged that the Senate would undo decades of bipartisan progress building our community based services system with no discussion of the impact on the individuals and families affected by the changes, all for the purposes of giving a massive tax cut to health insurance firms, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and other entities. “People with disabilities across the country are terrified of what this bill will do to their lives. Medicaid provides access to quality health care and services and supports which help them with the basics of life, such as bathing, dressing, eating, taking medications, managing their finances, transportation and more. It allows family members to stay employed, knowing that their loved one with disabilities is supported to live independently. For many it may mean the difference between life and death. This legislation is an assault on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and we implore Senators to do the right thing and oppose this bill. A vote in favor of this bill is a vote against the progress of the disability rights movement and constituents who rely on Medicaid for their independence.” (Statement from The Arc of the U.S.A.) Back in June, I mentioned in a 'Mark's Monday Minute' that these potential negative 'impacts' were already at work in Florida. I was able to provide evidence of what could happen should the U.S. Senate unleash such a devastating bill-turned-law onto America's health care system in the form of a replacement to the Affordable Care Act because the State of Florida has been dealing with its own 'doomsday' scenario at the state level for years. Let me remind you of what I said: "Our most vulnerable citizens with I/DD have been relentlessly under-funded for approximately 15 years, now. Our system is showing clear signs of breaking, and people with I/DD have been struggling greatly. These cuts will reduce the amount of money available, and place more power with the individual states to make decisions. In this case, this is bad because Florida’s decisions have led us straight to the bottom of the funding pool. This is being sold in Washington as a good thing; it’s not. People with I/DD need protection. Florida’s funding is so low that citizens with I/DD are faced with choosing amongst basic necessities, but can get these basic necessities back if they leave their community services and face being institutionalized. This is a violation at many levels. We are moving backwards towards an outdated institutional system that is more expensive and inhumane. Florida has already lost 37% of our community providers. Florida has already narrowly avoided federal sanctions for falling below minimum wage standards … not “livable wages” – minimum wage! The situation faced by our citizens with I/DD cannot be justified by appealing to fiscal responsibility. What’s happening is irresponsible, both fiscally and ethically." (Mr. Mark Swain, Executive Director, Arc of Alachua County) The time to act is now. We need Senators Nelson and Rubio to understand the situation people with I/DD are facing currently in Florida (and will face throughout the U.S. if this bill becomes law) and demand they be protected from further humiliation, cuts and reductions. I urge you to stand with The Arc of Alachua County, the Arc of Florida, and The Arc of the U.S.A. in opposition to the bill currently under discussion in the U.S. senate. I also urge you to contact Florida's U.S. Senators Nelson and Rubio; tell them to vote "No" on the bill should it come up for a vote. As I said, I love my job, my staff and our clients at The Arc. We are all one in this together. But we need your help now. Call, write, or email Senators Nelson and Rubio today at: Senator Bill Nelson 716 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5274 Email: billnelson.senate.gov Senator Marco Rubio 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-3041 Email: rubio.senate.gov

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“More than 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid to live and work in their communities. This bill severely cuts Medicaid. Home and community based services are optional or waiver services for states and, when facing a loss of billions in federal funding, they are what is likely to be…