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­Reminders & Updates on REAADI & DRMA: Stakeholder Meetings, Toolkit Release, and Sign-on Opportunity!

NCIL is excited by the reintroduction of the Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion (REAADI) for Disasters Act (S. 2658 / H.R. 4938) and the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA) (S. 2646 / H.R. 4937) Thursday in the Senate and Friday in the House. The REAADI for Disasters Act and DRMA are two essential bills that will help address and dismantle the barriers disabled people face before, during, and after disasters.

Reminder: Join us for a Stakeholder Meeting!

We would like to remind you to join NCIL, Congressional representatives, and invited guests for a Stakeholder Meeting this week! Join us to celebrate the reintroductions and learn how you can take action to get the REAADI for Disasters Act and DRMA passed into law. We are hosting two Stakeholder Meetings to accommodate multiple time zones. The same information will be presented on both calls.

Stakeholder Meeting 1

When: Tuesday, August 10, 11am – 12pm Eastern

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Stakeholder Meeting 2

When: Thursday, August 12, 3pm – 4pm Eastern

Register for this call

Both meetings will be held as Zoom webinars. ASL interpreting will be provided. CART captioning will be available in the Zoom platform and at a separate Streamtext link. Please email lindsay@ncil.org if you have any questions or need any other accommodations. Please submit requests for other accommodations at least 24 hours before the event.

Check out our Toolkit!

To coincide with the reintroduction of these important bills, we are releasing Disability Equity During Disasters: A Toolkit for Passing the Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion (REAADI) for Disasters Act and the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA). This toolkit contains information on both bills, as well as tools for organizations and advocates to take action and get these bills passed!

Sign our REAADI for Disasters Act & DRMA Support Letters!

NCIL is grateful to Senator Casey, Congressman Langevin, and Congressman Panetta for once again taking the lead on these important bills. We will be sending letters expressing our strong support for these efforts, and the dire need for the REAADI for Disasters Act and DRMA to be passed and implemented quickly. Please join these sign-on letters expressing strong support for these bills and thanking Senator Casey, Congressman Langevin, and Congressman Panetta for their leadership.

You can sign on to these letters by using the online form by Thursday, August 12.

If this form is not accessible to you, or if you have any questions, you can email lindsay@ncil.org with:

  • your organization’s name exactly as you would like it listed
  • whether you are a national, state, or local organization
  • what state you are in (if state or local)
  • and your preferred email address (for internal purposes only)

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