Urgent Medicaid Support Required for People with Disabilities

June 25, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

The organization dedicated to helping children with disabilities made the following plea and requested the U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle to consider reviving the bill and approve the federal Medicaid funding to the states.

One cannot ignore the urgency on this important measure.

Hopefully the GOP Senators would heed to the call for assistance from the most vulnerable members in the society, the children and pass the legislation on humanitarian grounds, if not as a constitutional responsibility.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


Fri, June 25, 2010 12:34:38 PM
URGENT: Tell your Senators to do the right thing

From: “Katy Beh Neas, Easter Seals”

Easter Seals: Creating life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn work and play.

Dear Padmini,

Vital health care services for people with disabilities are at stake.

Urge your Senators to do the right thing for people with disabilities by passing the Medicaid funding extension.

Last night, the Senate was just three votes short of passing critical Medicaid support for people with disabilities.

If the Senate does not approve additional federal Medicaid funding to the states, they will be forced to cut benefits and services for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

We came so close last night. Every message from Easter Seals supporters like you will make a difference when the Senate takes this up again in the next few days.

Act now! Urge your Senators to protect people with disabilities by voting to extend this enhanced federal Medicaid funding!

Medicaid is a lifeline for children and adults with disabilities. Because of the health care they get through the program, they are able to be successful in school, keep a job and live independent lives.

Thanks to Medicaid, a child with autism can get the speech therapy he needs, a teenager with spina bifida can get the wheelchair she needs to use to get around school, and an older person living with a chronic illness can see his doctor.

Medicaid exists to help people who can’t otherwise afford it, pay for critical services like these.

But state budgets have been squeezed by this recession. With less and less tax revenue coming in, they’re facing the prospect of devastating cutbacks.

They need help filling the gaps and keeping important programs afloat.

They’re counting on support from Washington.

The federal government has always shared the financial responsibility for Medicaid.

With so many people in need and the states so strapped for cash, this is the moment for the Senate to step up with additional funding.

When enough of their constituents weigh in, elected officials listen.

That’s why we can’t let Senators cast their vote again without hearing our voices.

But it has to happen fast.

Write your Senators and let your opinion be heard before it’s too late.

I really appreciate your help on this critically important issue.

Dedicated Easter Seals supporters like you are the difference between winning and losing these legislative battles.

Thanks again,

Katy Beh Neas
Vice President, Government Affairs

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Humanitarian Call

March 3, 2009

In the tough economy, charities and humanitarian groups are worst hit and struggling to raise funds for various causes. Their relentless effort to reach out to millions at home and around the world is admirable despite sharp decline in donations from ordinary people willing to participate but unable to do so in these difficult times.

Each one of us could make a difference with whatever affordable to the less fortunate and those deserving inspiration to meet with challenges in life.

I request all generous citizens to spare time and share limited resources at our disposal to help charities engaged to promote spirit of living against all odds.

There are many charity organizations praiseworthy and I list some of them to raise awareness of their service to humanity.

Your generosity will serve many aspiring athletes, children deprived of any future and adults incapacitated due to debilitating illnesses.

Let us not forget our fellow citizens at home and around the world.

Your time and donations deeply appreciated now and in the future.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


Special Olympics – 2009 Annual Fund –

Special Olympics

If you decide to make any donations, please mail payments to;

Special Olympics Northern California

3480 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 340

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


Accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. www.specialolympics.org

Important: Your gift may be doubled if your employer has a matching gift program. Please see your Human Resources Department today.


2. International Rescue Committee – Mr. Tom Brokaw (Reputable and well respected journalist and NBC Host)

among the Board of Overseers.

Why is it important? In Mr. Brokaw’s words —

"If I seem to be writing about the IRC in very personal terms, there is a reason. You see, the Brokaw family has a long history with this remarkable organization. It dates from my daughter’s work in Europe helping refugees from Soviet oppression to her six months in Pakistan, providing health care to Afghani women during the Soviet occupation.

Jennifer saw this legendary organization from the inside and impressed on the rest of our family the importance of the IRC’s work. So when I was given the opportunity to take on a new role with the IRC, I quickly agreed. Jennifer’s engagement with the IRC has continued as well. A highly-skilled physician, she was a member of the IRC emergency response team dispatched to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Because it operates in 42 countries around the world, the reach and scope of the IRC’s work is quite dramatic. But, at the end of the day, it all comes down to individual people getting the help they need when it matters most.

Helping the IRC is about reaching out to a child in a crowded refugee camp who, along with her mother, fled Darfur when armed men burned and attacked their village."

For further information: Please visit www.theIRC.org – International Rescue Committee.

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Mailing address: International Rescue Committee, P.O.Box 98152, Washington DC 20077-7355.


3. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O.Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929


Many children are living after traumatic and agonizing illnesses like cancer through chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants at this center.


4. Easter Seals, San Jose/San Mateo Region, P.O.Box 611840, San Jose, CA 95161-1840

Easter Seals is involved in helping all people with severe disabilities to gain independence.

Again, if you wish to make payments, please make check payable to Easter Seals.


5. Feed The Children, P.O.Box 36, Oklahoma City OK 73101-9989

www.HelpFeedNow.com, Tel.# (405) 942-0228

Engaged in helping American families receiving pink slips instead of paychecks at this time.