Dec 2 2009

Tell Your Story and Call in for the CLASS Act

Posted by DAWN at 3:54 PM
- Categories: Advocacy | DAWN Website Updates

Do You Still Care About Long Term Services and Supports?

The U.S. Senate is now debating its health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And while the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act has stayed in the bill this far, it could be stripped from the bill any day now.   In fact, we just learned that there will be an amendment to eliminate the CLASS Act from the bill.

You can help by doing two things:
1) Plan to participate *tomorrow* December 3 in a national call in day.  Join advocates from around the country in making our voices heard!  Please call both of your Senators.  The toll free number is (800) 958-5374.  Here is a Sample Script:

Hello. I am calling to ask Senator ___________________ to make sure the CLASS Act remains in the final health reform bill and to oppose any amendment to strip it from the bill. The CLASS Act will help people to remain independent at home.

2) Tell us your long term services and supports story NOW.  Stories are being gathered to share during Senate debate on the health care reform bill. We are seeking personal stories that fall under two categories:

  1. Retrospective - What could have been if the CLASS Act program had been available
  2. Prospective - What could be if the CLASS Act program becomes available. 

You can submit stories online or use the questions in this survey to help guide you in writing your story.  If you would prefer to just email your story (instead of the survey), please send it to

Thank you in advance for your advocacy and your commitment to improving the quality of life for millions of people with disabilities and older Americans.  For more information, see


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