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Keep up the Pressure on the U.S. Senate

A vote has been delayed on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” which would make drastic cuts to Medicaid and take away health insurance from an estimated 22 million Americans.  A decision to delay was made after U.S. Senator John McCain [...]

How You Can Help Protect Medicaid This Week

Greetings, public policy advocates!   I’ve been on the job for two weeks now, getting up to speed on the issues in which The Arc Minnesota has been involved.   I’m grateful for the support that Steve Larson provided me before his [...]

Steve Larson Says Thanks For These 15 Years

It is unbelievable how fast 15 years can go.  After 15 years as the Senior Policy Director with The Arc Minnesota, my last day is July 6th.  It has been my privilege to serve in this position, working with all [...]

Recognizing Great Advocates on May 25th

On Thursday, May 25th, The Arc Minnesota has a great opportunity to recognize the work of the Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) at our annual Public Policy Recognition Event.  I sometimes wonder what Minnesota would be like if it was [...]

The Arc U.S. Responds to House Passage of AHCA

The Arc Responds to House Passage of The American Health Care Act: “Shows callous and dangerous disregard for the well-being of people with disabilities” Posted on May 4, 2017 by The Arc Washington, DC – The Arc of the U.S. [...]

MN House and Senate Leaders Announce Targets

On Friday, April 28th, Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Senator Paul Gazelka and Speaker of the Minnesota House Kurt Daudt announced their budget targets for conference committees.  Their health and human services (HHS) conference committee’s target was $500 million.  The Governor [...]

Your Stories and Calls Resonate on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 22nd, I and 14 other Minnesotans attending the Disability Policy Seminar made the rounds to the D.C. offices of Minnesota’s eight U.S. House members and two U.S. Senators.  Going from one congressional office to the next, I [...]

“Medicaid Will Be Decimated” by U.S. House Bill

The Arc of the U.S. released the following statement on the legislation that repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pays for it by decimating Medicaid, a program critical to the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: “This [...]

Stories That Need to be Heard on February 28th

I often have the privilege as The Arc Minnesota’s Communications Director to be present when individuals with disabilities and families share personal stories about the struggles they face.  These stories lend urgency to my work preparing for Disability Matters Day [...]

Moving Stories Show Need for Parental Fee Relief

Parents shared compelling testimony on the impact of parental fees last Saturday, January 28th at the town hall meeting held by the Coalition to Lower Minnesota MA/TEFRA Parental Fees at the Minnesota Dept. of Education Conference Center.  Fourteen parents testified [...]