The Arc sends letter to NC political leaders urging swift, bipartisan action on Medicaid

December 9, 2011

The Honorable Beverly Perdue
Constituent Services Office
116 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

The Honorable Thom Tillis
Speaker of the NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2304
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

The Honorable Phil Berger
President Pro-Tempore of the NC Senate
NC Senate16 W. Jones Street, Room 2008
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808

Dear Governor Perdue, Speaker Tillis, & President Pro-Tem Berger,

I am writing on behalf of The Arc of North Carolina’s membership, the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) we support throughout North Carolina, and their families.

The recent accounts of conflict between the Legislative and Executive branches of government over the potential Medicaid shortfall are worrisome. As you know, people with IDD and their families often rely upon Medicaid funded services to be able to live and function in the community. Further reductions in provider rates or the elimination of services would prove devastating for thousands of North Carolinians with disabilities. Already overloaded medical and social service agencies would be forced to cut staff and provide service to fewer people. Many providers would be forced out of business with any further rate reductions, exacerbating the care shortage.

We have heard all of the involved parties express a commitment to avoid drastic cuts to Medicaid.  We also understand that finding a solution that avoids such cuts can have complications, both technical and political. It is our request that each of you rise above the political issues, exhibit the strong leadership that has afforded you the important offices you hold, and come to a solution quickly. A solution that is amenable to both sides seems very much in reach, and drawing out the process could lead to an unnecessary crisis.

Each of you have clearly articulated your commitment to providing people with IDD the support they need, and we thank you in advance for assuring this issue does not result in a needless crisis.


Dave Richard
Executive Director
The Arc of North Carolina


CC:      John Dervin
            Policy Advisor
            Office of the Governor


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