Hurricane Irma Has Come and Gone and We Are Still Here

Hurricane Irma has come and gone and as we always do, we have weathered the storm as The Arc family!  We are struggling, but everyone is safe.

Below, you can see a photo taken by staff of The Arc Nature Coast of a double rainbow that appeared over The Arc Nature Coast’s special needs shelter on Monday, September 11, 2017, a day after the storm had passed through.

Double Rainbow over The Arc Nature Coast Special Needs shelter on Monday, September 11, 2017, a day after Hurricane Irma passed through.

U.S. Senate Rejects Bill that would Repeal and Replace the ACA

In the early morning hours of July 28, 2017, the U.S. Senate rejected a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act.

This bill along with others that were introduced were harmful to Medicaid services that most individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities must have.  In the end, it was fortunate that the bill did not pass.

We were grateful that Senator Marco Rubio had his staff visit several of our chapters to better understand the use of Medicaid funds in this population, however, in the end he did vote to support the bill.

Senator Bill Nelson wrote several of us asking us to watch a speech he had made against the legislation and in the end he voted against the bill.

We have to continue to guard against cuts and changes to the Medicaid system which will negatively impact the quality of life for the individuals we serve.

This isn’t politics…it’s advocacy!