Disability Policy News In Brief

November 5, 2018

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November 5, 2018   |   Vol. XV, Issue 186
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We are 1 day away from November 6 and the election!

Action Steps:

  • VOTE!
  • Watch for post-election analysis in next week's In Brief.


Congressional Recess

This is the last week of pre-election recess so use opportunities to interact as a chance to frame your priorities.

Action Steps:

  • Call your lawmakers' district offices and ask for appointments with your Representatives while they are home.
  • Attend a town hall.
  • Connect with them at a public event (parade, festival, etc.)
  • Submit an op-ed to your local paper.
  • Use Facebook or Twitter to engage your members of Congress.


Health Care

ACA Open Enrollment

The 2019 Open Enrollment Period runs from Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Saturday, December 15, 2018. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2019. If you don't act by December 15, you can't get 2019 coverage via the marketplace unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Action Steps:



Three reports released this week address employment for people with disabilities:

Action Step:

  • Share the reports with your Congressional delegation, state leaders, and employers in your community. 


Civil Rights

Public Charge Rule

The proposed changes to the public charge rule have been published in the Federal Register. The comment period will last until December 10, 2018. Our friends at Rooted in Rights have created video resources that illustrate how the change would impact families that include people with disabilities. Making comments is a critical way to impact policy.

Action Steps:


Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All

The AUCD staff have one message for you: GO VOTE! Check when your state's polls close for the November 6, 2018 midterm elections at https://bit.ly/2CWVugH

Check out these Tuesdays with Liz episodes on overcoming voting barriers and being an educated voter:


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For definitions of terms used in In Brief, please see AUCD's Glossary of Legislative Terms 

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