The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta on Medicaid Waivers

The nonprofit posted its initiative on its social media, urging people to email their state lawmakers asking them to apply for the NOW and COMP waiver waiting list.

ATLANTA — Monday marks World Down Syndrome Day, and an Atlanta organization is asking its social media followers for help.

The nonprofit posted its initiative on its social media, urging people to email their state lawmakers asking them to apply for the NOW and COMP waiver waiting list.

These Medicaid waivers provide financial assistance to people with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities. They help pay for home and community services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who might otherwise be referred to institutional care.

According to the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, there are more than 7,000 people on the waiting list for a Medicaid waiver in Georgia.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day! 🥳 Today we need your voice and only 2 minutes of your time! Email your state legislators…

Posted by Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta on Monday, March 21, 2022

Recent moves by Governor Brian Kemp to provide more funding include his proposed budget of $2 million for 100 new slots on the Medicaid waiting list. The number was later increased to $6.6 million for 325 pitches in the House on March 15 crossover day. The new spending plan begins in July.

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The GCDD called the 325 new slots passed in the House “the largest increase in the number of waivers in many years,” according to their DSAA partnership announcement.

Ahead of World Down Syndrome Day, the nonprofit launched its $21 for 21 Days campaign. Every day for 21 days, the DSAA highlighted people with Down syndrome and urged subscribers to donate $21.

According to the World Down Syndrome Day website, the WDSD date being the 21st day of the 3rd month was chosen to signify the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome.

To learn more about NOW/COMP waivers, click here.

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