Ohio Down Syndrome Awareness License Plate
We are pleased to announce that Ohio Down Syndrome Awareness license plates are available for purchase through any Ohio BMV beginning on April 6, 2017! For every license plate sold, $25 goes back to support advocacy and awareness efforts of the six Down syndrome associations in Ohio.
We are very thankful for the support of State Senator Joe Uecker, who introduced Senate Bill 359 and lead to the eventual passage of House Bill 455. House Bill 455 was signed into law by Governor Kasich on January 4, 2017.
Federal Advocacy Initiatives
The U.S. Senate made an attempt to repeal and replace most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the end of September and was proposed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-GA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). While it maintained a number of provisions of the ACA that are important to people with Down syndrome, the Graham-Cassidy proposal would have established Medicaid per capita spending caps which would lead to potentially significant cuts in cost-effective health insurance and supportive services for people with disabilities creating larger funding deficits in state Medicaid programs.
To support community integration and economic independence, people with Down syndrome need more cost-effective health insurance options and supportive services, not less. The Medicaid funding cuts proposed in the partisan Graham-Cassidy Bill would have take a sharp turn in the wrong direction.
State Advocacy Initiatives
Organ Transplant Waitlist Anti-Discrimination– House Bill 332
In September, House Bill 332 was introduced by State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) to ensure that individuals with disabilities will not be banned from an organ transplant waitlist solely based on their disability. Click here to read the full press release, including DSACO’s support and partnership with introducing this legislation.
We are very excited to support this legislation as it moves now to the House Health Committee. Click here to see more information about the bill’s movement and language.
Want to get involved?
Contact your local legislator to tell them why they should vote in favor of H.B. 332!
Not sure who your local Representative is or what district you’re in? Click here for a listing by county.
Have specific questions regarding advocacy? Please find and contact your local Down Syndrome Association for support. Not sure who your local Down Syndrome Association is? Check out our "Get Connected" tab to find an association in your region!