I had the opportunity to join Anastasia Somoza and Andraéa LaVant for visits with the following legislators: Sen. Gillibrand, Sen. Kaine, Rep. Brown, Sen. Cardin, and Sen. Van Hollen. Today was a crazy day on the Hill with the unveiling of the House's proposed bill to replace ACA so we ended up meeting with their policy staff instead (though I did run into Sen. Kaine on the street and thanked him for his work!).
They listened to our experiences and told us that our stories will help our legislators make a better case for protecting ACA and Medicaid. Our visits were timely given that the proposed Republican plan would result in changes to Medicaid that would end crucial services to 15 million people with disabilities.
Medicaid allows us to raise a medically fragile child like Caroline in our own home, pay for her life-saving medical care, hold jobs, and have some semblance of a normal life.