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Off Season Advocacy

The Missouri Legislature meets from January to May of every year. During their off season, many policymakers return to their home districts, and in some cases, to their other job. The months of June to December are a critical time to schedule one-on-one meetings with your legislator. Invite them to a BBQ, ask them to meet you for coffee, follow them on social media, or send them an invitation to a St. Louis Arc event.

Action Needed:

Thank Your Senators
Thank you to everyone who reached out to your Senators regarding the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill. Don’t forget to call or email them again to thank them for hearing the voices of people with disabilities, their families, and allies!

Coffee with Legislators
Are you interested in hosting or attending a coffee with your local Legislator to discuss important issues affecting you and your family? Throughout the fall months, the Arc works with families to hold small, one hour, meetings with Legislators in various districts. If you are interested in attending, hosting, or leaning more about upcoming meetings, please contact Ann Mangelsdorf, Assistant Director of Family Support & Advocacy, at 314-817-2275.

Share Your Medicaid Story
The Arc is looking to share important messages about the importance of Medicaid to the disability community. If you would like to share your story of how vital Medicaid is to your family, please contact Ann Mangelsdorf, Assistant Director of Family Support & Advocacy, at 314-817-2275.

Check back frequently for current advocacy action items!

St. Louis Arc 2017 Legislative Priorities

  • Uphold Federal Disability Civil Rights Statutes
  • Funding for Community Based Programs
  • Support Innovative Changes to Medicaid

Legislative initiatives are designed to support St. Louis Arc’s philosophy that all individuals deserve to live, work, and play in the least restrictive environment with dignity and respect.

For additional information contact: Ann Mangelsdorf, Assistant Director of Family Support & Advocacy, at 314-817-2275.

National Concerns

To learn more about federal and state issues of interest to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we encourage you to visit The Arc of the United States’ position statements on various issues.

You may want to also visit the Action Center of The Arc of the United States to learn more about both federal and state issues of interest to people with developmental disabilities.

You can also access resource information at Disability.gov, the federal government’s main portal for disability information.