Crossing Religious Lines to Protect Medicaid

This week, the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) team at AAPD went into full throttle to finish and hand-deliver a letter to 115 select members of Congress, who have significant influence over Medicaid and influence budget deficit discussions.

The letter aggregated signatures from 27 different IDAC members and national religious organizations; spanning various Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. These groups cross religious lines in favor of supporting all people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to lead healthy and independent lives. This letter aims to encourage our members of Congress to cross party lines to protect the rights of those on Medicaid.

The Islamic Society of North America is a Steering Committee member of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), which seeks to mobilize the religious community to speak out and take action on disability policy issues with Congress, the President and Administration, and society at large. IDAC is a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of religious and religiously affiliated organizations whose core spiritual values affirm the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.  As a project of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), IDAC brings the powerful and prophetic voice of the faith community to the 21st Century disability agenda.

Click here to read the full letter

AAPD thanks the following religious organizations for their signed support of this initiative:

  • African Methodist Episcopal Church Connectional Health Commission
  • American Baptist Home Mission Societies
  • American Muslim Health Professionals
  • Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies
  • Disability Concerns Ministry, Christian Reformed Church in North America
  • Disability Concerns, Reformed Church in America
  • Disciples Justice Action Network
  • Disciples Home Missions, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • The Episcopal Church
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Jewish Council for Public Affairs
  • The Jewish Federations of North America
  • L’Arche USA
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness
  • Rabbinical Assembly
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • United Church of Christ, Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
  • United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
  • United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
  • Unitarian Universalist Association, Witness Ministries
  • Women’s Rabbinic Network
  • Women of Reform Judaism

Credit: Evan Petrone AAPD