Spread the word!!! Call in support of Medicaid!!!

A huge crowd of disability, aging and civil rights organizations are rallying on Wednesday, September 21 at the U.S. Capitol to show Congress that My Medicaid Matters! The rally will highlight that:

o Medicaid provides vital home and community-based services that allow seniors and younger people with disabilities to live independently in the community.
o Medicaid provides services that support families in caring for their children who have significant disabilities.
o Medicaid provides vital jobs for direct care workers who support their families.

Arbitrary cuts to Medicaid as part of deficit reduction or the president’s jobs bill could result in the loss of home and community-based services that allow people to live independently, serious reductions in medical care, and lost jobs for direct care workers. Over 50 national groups including ADAPT, the National Council on Independent Living, Families USA, the American Association of People with Disabilities, SEIU, UCP, and Easter Seals have endorsed the event. Local activists are traveling to the event from BCIL, Stavros, NILP, 1199SEIU, the National Empowerment Center, Independence Associates, MWCIL and the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc.

You Can Help the Cause on Wednesday! While people nationwide rally and make visits on the Hill, please contact our Senators, urging them to support Medicaid and not sacrifice people’s health and wellbeing for deficit reduction.

** Thank Senator John Kerry for past support of Medicaid and urge that he not accept cuts to the program as a member of the Super Committee: call in Boston at 617-565-8519 and/or in Washington at 202-224-2742.

** Ask Senator Scott Brown to support Medicaid and to object to cuts in any deficit reduction plan: call in Boston at 617-565-3170 and/or in Washington at 202-224-4543.

Questions? Contact Bill Henning at Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) at bhenning@bostoncil.org or Paul Spooner at Metrowest Center for Independent Living at 508-875-7853 or Mary Margaret Moore at 978-741-0077..

ILCNSCA advocates in Washington D.C. Sept 21, 2011

As you probably already know, Medicaid is under attack. Talk of cuts is everywhere and likely the most extreme ideas are the ones not even mentioned in public. It is important for all of us to speak up and let the decision makers and public know MY MEDICAID MATTERS. Lisa Rose, representing the ILCNSCA will be in Washington D.C. for the ADAPT rally, and will reach out to our representatives to share what matters to us. Watch for more news here and on www.facebook.com/ilcnsca – and as always – please take the time to contact YOUR representatives – all of our voices matter..

Champagne Reception at the Historic Phillips House, Salem

North Shore Elder Services and Over the Rainbow Coalition invite you to a
Champagne Reception in the beautiful garden of the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. House tours will be available for our guests. Friday, September 23, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm. $35 per person, $65 per patron (name in program) and $100 per sponsor (name and logo in program). Proceeds from this event will go to support the Over the Rainbow Coalition’s outreach program to  assist gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender older adults on the North Shore. RSVP and for tickets,
www.phillipshouse.eventbrite.com or rgauthier@nselder.org
ILCNSCA is a sponsor of this exciting event..

Connecting the Disability Community to Information and Opportunities

The Massachusetts Disability.gov website now features the ILCNSCA’s original “Guide to Finding Housing” link, which helps the ILCNSCA’s site visitors with information about various types of housing on the North Shore and Cape Ann.  This is an excellent resource that  also has information about the eligibility requirements for public or subsidized housing, as well as listings of temporary shelters in Northeastern, MA. To learn more, visit https://www.disability.gov/state/massachusetts/housing. .

Lynn Remembers – 9/11 Community Memorial Tribute

Sunday, September 11, 2011 – 8:30  a.m. Lynn Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive early. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

This event is sponsored by and includes the participation of The Office of Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Lynn City Council, Lynn Police Department, Lynn Fire Department, Lynn Department of Veteran’s Services, Lynn Veteran’s Council, Lynn School Band, Lynn English HS JROTC, Atlantic Ambulance, and Solimine Funeral Homes. For additional information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 781-599-1444 or Solimine Funeral Homes at 781-595-1492..

SAVE THE DATE – Sept 15 – PCA Service Award Ceremony

The Paul Kahn PCA Service Award will be presented on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in a ceremony at Nurses Hall in the Massachusetts State House.  Senator Pat Jehlen and Rep. Kay Kahn will co-host this event. Attending the event will be PCA’s, their clients, union leadership, legislators and other invited guests.  Five PCA’s from across the Commonwealth will be honored for “the selfless work they perform to enable individuals with disabilities and elders to lead more independent and productive lives.”  These awards honor not only five individuals but the dedicated work of the more than 27,000 PCAs working in the MassHealth program throughout the Commonwealth.  For more information on the awards, please go to

http://www.mass.gov/pca/outreach/award_winners.htm

PCAs, consumers and agency staff are invited to attend.  To confirm your attendance and get more information about this event or for special accommodations, please contact Michelle Byrd: 617-210-5715..