Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AHCA Hosts ID/DD Washington Fly-In


Approximately 40 care providers and associations serving and advocating on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities flew in to Washington this week to advocate for their profession. Speeches by Members of Congress and Congressional staff at AHCA offices were followed by meetings in dozens of Congressional offices. Issues the group stormed the Hill on can be found here
Rep. Capps with ID/DD residential services providers

Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA), a former nurse, spoke to the group about the importance of advocating for those individuals with disabilities. Additionally, former Congressman Jim McCrery (R-LA), as well as staff from the offices of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) gave updates on the political landscape and the status of legislation affecting the ID/DD community.

The AHCA members braved an usually late snow flurry throughout the day as they visited members of key the committees making health care decisions.

The fly-in comes at a critical time, as this is the last week for Members of Congress to come to a decision regarding the sustainable growth rate (SGR). Health staffers are busy trying to find offsets to pay for an update for doctors' payment.

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