PVTA HEARING

PVTA is proposing cuts in service and fare increases. Fares will increase by 25% and riders outside of ¾ from a fixed route will have to pay a premium fare of $5.00? Do you believe persons with disabilities should have access to transportation? Do you or someone you know ride the PVTA? Help us stop the cuts and fare increases! PVTA wants to hear from you!

A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 from Noon – 1:30 PM at PVPC, 60 Congress Street, 2nd floor, in Springfield MA. Please call Jennifer Lee at 413-256-0473 x213 if you would like more information or if you would like to attend. Transportation is limited.

Together we can stop cuts to transportation!

SAVE THE ADA!

statue of liberty on wheelchair

Recently the House of Representative pass HR 620. But the fight is not over.  The bill will now moved to the Senate floor and we need to continue to let our voices heard.

The so called Education and Reform Act HR 620 proposes to give business owners even more time to make accommodations, and would require persons with disabilities to file a complaint and then wait six months to see if the problem got fixed.

Wait. What? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been around since 1990. Do you think 27 years is enough time for any business to get accessible and for business owners to learn about the law? 27 Years!

If you think this new proposal HR 620 is unfair we ask you to contact your congressperson. Let them know
that you are tired of waiting for access, and that you want MORE access, not less! We are asking you to be vigilant! The ADA and other laws are under attack and we need to defend our rights.

Contact your Congressperson let them know you won't let them take access away !

Use social media - Using #HandsOffMyADA tell others how the ADA has helped you Click Here to download the sign

Check out our letter to the editor here

Check out facts about HR 620 Here

Please contact your Congressperson and ask them to Vote NO on HR 620 and protect the rights of people with disabilities

Tax Reform Hurts People with Disabilities

Urge Congress to Extend Money Follows the Person!

Help Disabled Americans to live in the community!

Increase Funding for MFP (Money Follows the Person)

Medicaid requires states to provide care in nursing homes, but makes home and community-based services (HCBS) optional. MFP bridges a gap by providing grants to states to cover transitional services for individuals who wish to leave nursing homes and return to the community. Sadly, MFP expired over a year ago in 2016. Massachusetts and other states that have continued their programs will only have grant funding through 2020. That is not enough to maintain the program at current levels or expand the number of participants. Without this program many will be confined to institutions and many may never have a chance to live independently.

 

S. 2227, the bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act  introduced by Senators Portman (R-OH) and Cantwell (D-WA), extends and improves the Money Follows the Person program (MFP).  MFP helps individuals transition from nursing homes back into the community. The EMPOWER Care Act would help funding the MFP program. More funding for the program will help ease their transition by allotting funds toward first and last months’ rent and other necessary expenses. There are two very important initiatives coming up.  Join Stavros as we work to pass S.2227!

MA Senators Contact Info:

Sen. Edward Markey

Phone 202-224-2742

Twitter @SenMarkey

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Phone 202-224-4543

Twitter @SenWarren

Take Action Now! Send an email to your Congress Person here