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"On the evening of July 8th, 2017, a devastating forest fire swept across the hills to the east of Oroville and destroyed Pastors Steve and Vicki Orsillo's beloved family home. The Orsillos, along with their adult son, Mark, who has Down Syndrome, were only able to grab a few clothes and precious photos and their dog, Mac, before being forced to leave their beautiful property as the flames moved up the ridge behind them. They later learned that the fire overtook their house soon after. Their home, plus Mark's little basement apartment, was completely incinerated. Mark was distraught over the loss, especially of his treasured DVD collection. To console him, Mark's sister Danielle decided to try to bless him with a few new DVDs and posted on social media to see if anyone else wanted to donate. They did! Hundreds of movies poured in as the story swept around the country. This is Mark as he sees the movies for first time after losing them all to the fire."
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Credit: Mark on Life
When you hear politicians talk about healthcare reform, it’s not only about medical care with your doctor or at a hospital. Brokerage services are Medicaid services. Most county/CDDP services are Medicaid services. The K Plan is a Medicaid service.
For the past four-plus years, the vast majority of services for thousands of children and adults with disabilities in Oregon has been funded through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – a Medicaid program. And the Senate proposal (now called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017) led by Mitch McConnell directly targets the reduction of home and community based services for people with disabilities (including brokerage services.)
This message is a simple ask: please contact your legislators and tell them your story before Thursday, June 29th. The vote is scheduled for this week.
The great folks at the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition have created easy-to-use advocacy instructions to help you get started. This is a key moment in the history of services for people with disabilities. Please take a moment to share your story and let your voice be heard.
Go to www.independencenw.org/advocate now.
I am proud to live in a state that is now saying no to schools discriminating against individuals with behavioral challenges. We have faced this in the past and now we can say "No more!" ... See MoreSee Less