A special message from the FAAST Executive Director

Dear Friends: 

We all need to stand tall and tell our two Senators we support Medicaid and its importance to the acquisition of assistive technology.  The Graha-Cassidy Bill will fundamentally change Medicaid from a Federal-State Partnership to a per capita cap funding mechanism.  This change would reduce the amount of Medicaid funding Florida receives over a ten-year period.  Florida Medicaid is the primary funding source for power and manual wheelchairs, communication devices, and specialty seating systems.  

This is time sensitive. Last month the Senate parliamentarian stated that the deadline for the current budget reconciliation process is September 30. This means that if voted on before September 30, this bill could pass with a simple majority – with fewer votes. Senator Cassidy claims to have 48-49 senators on-board.  Senator McConnell has asked the CBO to produce a score quickly.  We must act in the next 48 hours.

We need you to reach out to your Senators to support Floridians with Disabilities that use assistive technology.

Click here to send a message to Senators Rubio and Nelson.

Michael