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United Spinal To "Roll on Capitol Hill:" Voices Aim to Impact Federal Health Care Policy
Date:6/12/2012

NEW YORK, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association and leaders from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), will gather in Washington, D.C. on June 25-26 for Roll on Capitol Hill, to directly express to legislators the need for greater access to health care, wheelchairs, and policymakers -- critical to the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities.

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Roll on Capitol Hill is in response to serious challenges by legislators to the equal rights ensured to people with disabilities by the 22-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act.

"We will not sit idle while policies are created that directly impact our lives. Our motto is 'do nothing about us, without us' and we plan to drive that message home at Roll on Capitol Hill," said Lex Frieden, United Spinal chairman of the board.

"We will not merely be there to complain. We will also share viable alternatives to misguided policies that keep people with disabilities institutionalized. We must ensure their rightful place in their communities, so that they have the opportunity to lead more independent and productive lives," said Joseph Isaacs, United Spinal VP of Public Policy.

United Spinal members are concerned about funding cutbacks and new managed care programs that threaten access to community-based services under Medicaid, as well as restrictive Medicare policies that arbitrarily limit access to wheelchairs and therapies critical to their health.

"Members of the disability community can play a vital part in shaping public policy on Capitol Hill, as well as the state and local level," said Paul J. Tobin,
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