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Our Congressman Betrayed People with Disabilites and Autism

Chris Smith, Dist. 4 NJ,  publicly recognizes the need for public awareness and concern re Autism but when he votes, he votes the opposite way.   What family members need to know about Congressman Smith's Voting Record     THE PUBLIC CHRIS SMITH Smith is the co - chair of the bipartisan House Coalition on Autism Research and Education.                
  
     “Here in the U.S., CDC estimates that close to 1 percent of the population is affected by an ASD,” said Smith, whose own state of New Jersey is believed to have the highest rate of autism in the country. “Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, describes a scientific consensus that 1 percent of the world’s population, or 67 million people, are affected with some form of an ASD. According to the World Health Organization, ‘tens of millions in Africa’ are affected by autism. In that context, autism is a ‘developmental disability pandemic.’ It is largely under recognized, under appreciated in its impact, and under resourced.”


 WHAT CHRIS SMITH DOES WHEN WE ARE NOT WATCHING  Smith Voted for the Ryan Budget  in 2014 - Below is what the Ryan Budget means to people with disabilities.    

Susan's Blog - Susan is the mother of an Autistic Child

Do Not Support Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Please do not support Representative Paul Ryan’s proposal regarding the budget and Medicaid. It is simplistic and naive. We cannot get rid of our budgetary woes on the backs of seniors and the disabled. It’s expensive to take care of people who need care. But you can’t just say “screw ‘em!” My friend and colleague Cathy Boyle, founder of Autism Housing Pathways, sent me this important breakdown of what Ryan’s proposal would likely mean for adults with disabilities. (By the way, if you are a frequent reader of my blog, that must mean you care about people like my son Nat.Here is what AHP’s Executive Director has to say about Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan’s budget proposal:“Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has made a budget proposal that, if enacted, would have a dramatic impact on long-term care for individuals with disabilities. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, you need to be aware of the implications of the Ryan proposal for people with disabilities.According to the Arc, [another key disability advocacy group Susan's readers should consider supporting] three key elements would be:* An $810 billion cut in Medicaid over 10 years (a 33% cut);* Medicaid would be converted to a block grant to the states;* All “dual eligibles” would be placed entirely in the Medicare program.Let’s look at the implications of this to the best of my understanding.* The elderly and individuals with disabilities represent 25% of Medicaid beneficiaries, but represent 2/3 of Medicaid spending. A 33% cut to the Medicaid budget would disproportionately affect individuals with disabilities. [Ryan's cut would have deleterious effects on guys like Nat.]“* Block granting Medicaid would eliminate the individual entitlement to Medicaid. Translated into everyday life, it would remove the right to receive PCA services, Adult Foster Care and Group Adult Foster Care. These services are currently the only source of long-term services and supports for individuals not served through DDS (aside from SSI and Sec. 8), and are also used by individuals receiving DDS supports other than group homes and shared living. It is worth remembering at this point that only about 25% of individuals served by DDS receive group home or shared living supports at age 22.* Dual eligibles are individuals eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. When a parent of an adult with a disability receiving SSI retires, dies or becomes disabled, the adult with a disability will (after a certain waiting period) become a dual eligible. If dual eligibles are moved exclusively onto Medicare, they will lose all eligibility for PCA services, Adult Foster Care and Group Adult Foster Care. In addition, the cost to the state of Mass. of individuals on the Medicaid waiver residing in group homes who become dual eligibles would double, as Medicaid pays half the cost of such placements.”Cathy Boyle–
Autism Housing Pathways: Building Roads to Homehttp://www.autismhousingpathways.net    Towns in District 4 NJ
Allentown, Bayhead, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Farmingdale, Freehold Township, Freehold Boro, Hamilton, Holmdel, Howell, Jackson, Lake Como, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Little Silver, Manalapan, Manasquan, Manchester, Middletown, Millstone, Neptune, Ocean, Pt. Pleasant, Pt. Pleasant Beach, Red Bank, Robbinsville, Roosevelt, Rumson, Seat Girt, Shrewsbury, Spring Lake, Tinton Falls, Upper Freehold, Wall
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danielhm June 17, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Rep. Smith does have several worthwhile positions. But not to worry, he never lets them get in the way of his politics. Politics always comes first.

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