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Community First Choice

The Community First Choice (CFC) Option would encourage states to provide Medicaid home and community based attendant services, thereby addressing institutional ableist bias. In late September 2009, the CFC Option amendment was incorporated into the Senate Finance Committee's version of the health care reform bill. This is a huge step forward, but we need to make sure that it stays in the final version of health care reform.

Call your Senators and let them know that you want to make Medicaid more accessible; you want them to keep the Community First Choice option. Use this toll-free number: (866) 324-0787 to connect with the Senate office that you request.

Special thanks to Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Max Baucus (D-MT) for their roles in getting the CFC Option incorporated into the health care bill.

Hate Crimes

The Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913; S 909) would provide expanded authority and resources for federal and local officials to investigate and prosecute hate crimes—including those in which the violence occurs because of the victim's gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.

The Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed the Senate as part of the Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization Bill in July 2009 and will come before a conference committee with members from both houses of Congress. Make sure that the Hate Crimes Amendment stays in the final DOD bill, but without the death penalty amendment.

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