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🏠 Action Alert: Pass the Build Back Better Act #HCBSCantWait 🏠

2022 is a chance to do big things, starting with the largest federal investment yet in home- and community-based services (HCBS). HCBS allows people with disabilities to live safely in our homes with the services we need to thrive, rather than dangerous congregate settings. The Build Back Better Act offers a critical investment in these services as well as the workforce that provides those supports, but the Senate went home for the holidays–without passing a bill–while countless members of the disability community couldn’t. They’re back, and we can’t let them have a moment’s rest until this vital funding is passed! Tell the Senate to pass the Build Back Better Act NOW!

Here’s what YOU can do to make this happen:

  • Call your Senators to make sure that the Build Back Better Act!
  • Provide personal stories about how HCBS helps you, your family, and your state.
  • Dial 202-224-3121 to speak to your Senators’ office.

You can use our script:

Script for calling your elected officials
Hello. My name is [your full name], and I am from [city]. I’m calling to express my extreme disappointment and frustration that the Build Back Better Act hasn’t passed yet. The Senate must quickly pass the Build Back Better package that includes at least $150 billion for Medicaid home- and community-based services.

Home and community-based services funded by Medicaid allow people with disabilities like [me/ my family member/ my friends/ my neighbor/ etc.] to continue living safely at home. These services keep people with disabilities out of institutions. The House has already included this funding in the Build Back Better Act. But we’re still waiting on the Senate to include it too. This funding is a life and death issue for disabled [residents of your state]. Can I count on Senator [Name] to stand up for people with disabilities by getting the Senate bill over the finish line quickly?

Once you’ve called your Senators, keep up the pressure! You can also email to let them know you’re watching. You can use our email tool below:

Email your members of Congress

Have call anxiety, or wondering what to expect from a call to your elected officials? Check out this guide to making a call to your members of Congress. 

There is no excuse for not passing this bill. Our communities need this funding in order to expand the services we depend on and invest in the workforce that makes those services possible. Keep calling, emailing, and telling your Senators to stop making excuses, protect disabled people, and do their job.

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