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Disability advocates call on Congress to preserve critical parts of the ACA

Disability Rights California

Sacramento,California (PR MediaRelease) March 21, 2017

WHAT: The House plans a full floor vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday, March 23. The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers and Disability Rights California will hold a news conference to urge Congress to preserve access to Medicaid services (Medi-Cal in CA). Advocates will focus on preserving Community First Choice Option (CFCO). It is an optional Medicaid funding incentive that provides additional funding for community-based services for people with disabilities.

WHO: Catherine Blakemore, Executive Director, Disability Rights California and Teresa Favuzzi, Executive Director, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Sacramento State Capitol, Room 1190

INFORMATION: Under the proposed American Health Care Act, 24 million people would lose their health insurance and there would be nearly $900 billion in federal cuts to Medicaid, which is Medi-Cal in California. The legislation would eliminate the CFCO by 2020 as part of a strategy to introduce block grants and cut Medicaid. Members of the disability community will express their concerns that the House is pursuing legislation without consideration for the many people with disabilities whose lives hang in the balance.

Disability Rights California is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Check out our website (, Facebook and twitter @DisabilityCA.


Disability Rights California advocates, educates, investigates and litigates to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities.

Pat McConahay
Disability Rights California
Communications Director
(916) 504-5938

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