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Tell Congress #WhatWeNeed in Package 4!

Congress must address the critical needs of people with disabilities in the next COVID-19 relief package!

Contact your Members of Congress TODAY and ask them to ensure that COVID-19 relief includes addressing the critical health and economic needs of older adults, people with disabilities and those with underlying health conditions, front-line workers and family caregivers.

Call: (202) 224-3121
A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the
Congressional office you request.

Email. You can reach your members directly HERE

Tweet at Congress

What to say:

It is critical to ensure that COVID-19 relief includes addressing the critical health and economic needs of older adults, people with disabilities and those with underlying health conditions, front-line workers and family caregivers. We need the following to be included in the next COVID relief package:

  • Additional FMAP bump to assist states in meeting the needs of Medicaid eligible citizens
  • Dedicated Medicaid funding for HCBS services, including employment services

Advocacy in Action: Steps for State Advocacy


What can I do? 

APSE urges our members to contact your Members of Congress and your State Legislators.

Tell them that #ESPsAreDSPs and #DSPsAreEssential!

Ways to engage:

  • Call your state legislators and/or members of Congress (U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or Google the phone number for your local office)
    • Provide your name and city/state where you live
    • Share your personal stories*
    • Additional talking points on the policy priorities of APSE are available on our website.
  • Send a Tweet or a Facebook Message to your members.

*What to say:

Share your stories about the impact of COVID-19 in your local community.

In particular, we want to tell:

  • Stories of people with disabilities who are working in essential jobs during the crisis, and the ways employment supports help to keep them safe and successful during the crisis.
  • Stories of people with disabilities who have been unable to keep jobs during the pandemic, and why.
  • Stories of how the disability provider system has adapted in real-time to ensure continued delivery of services (and the challenges faced).
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