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Congressional Letters of Support

To make Congress aware of certain issues, the Reeve Foundation will join with other organizations in signing and circulating letters of support explain critical issues. Below is the current issues the Foundation is engaged in.

Centers for Disease Control Consolidation
September 13, 2011

A letter in the House of Representatives by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Dan Burton (R-IN) asking Dr. Thomas Frieden, the Director of the CDC, to postpone consolidation until they can evaluate the actual impact these proposed changes will have. The letter was delivered to Dr. Frieden with 33 signatories, illustrating strong Congressional support.

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Support federal funding for Family Caregivers
October 20, 2011

Joining with others in the disability community, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation signed onto a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging continued Congressional support for programs that support Family Caregivers, including the Lifespan Respite Care Program and family support funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Respite is the service most frequently requested by family caregivers. We strongly support the Lifespan Respite Care Program. Last month, the Foundation also signed onto a letter requesting Congress' reauthorization of the program. The Reeve Foundation remains invested in continued funding for Family Caregiver support.

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Thank Congress for Increased NIH funding
October 2011

The Reeve Foundation signed onto a letter thanking Representatives Rehberg and DeLauro for including a $1 billion increase for NIH funding in the 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill. This level of funding is incredibly important to the Reeve Foundation—it will improve the lives of the millions of Americans living with life-altering disabilities by providing the funding necessary for revolutionary breakthroughs in health and medical research.

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Reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Program
September 9, 2011

In a letter to Republican and Democratic staff of the Senate Help Committee the Reeve Foundation joined with the National Respite Coalition requesting Congress reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Program which provides training and recruitment for caregivers, coordinates respite care across agencies and funding streams and funds the startup of new programs and services to address the huge gaps in service delivery. A copy of the letter is available below.

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Changes to competitive bidding process
September 8, 2011

Requesting customized wheelchair cushions to be excluded from the competitive bidding process and requests that power and manual wheelchairs be bid separately.

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Don't Let Congress Hurt American Charities

The Reeve Foundation joined over 59,000 cosigners in signing a petition requesting that the President and Senate choose not to reduce tax deductions on charitable donations. If enacted, this deduction would decrease incentives for individuals to donate to nonprofits at a time when these organizations are in critical need of funding. Cutting the charitable giving tax break would adversely affect the Reeve Foundation by making it harder to donate to the organization, impacting Americans who depend on its research and advocacy work. To view the petition click here.

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Improve care and reduce insurance fraud for necessary equipment
September 8, 2011

Supporting passage of H.R. 1958, legislation seeking to improve the quality of care and reduces the potential for insurance fraud for necessary equipment such as wheelchairs and braces.

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Separate definition of orthotics and prosthetics
September 8, 2011

Requesting that orthotics and prosthetics are defined separately from Durable Medical Equipment which ensures that orthotics such as as leg, arm, back and neck braces that are prescribed by a health care provider are treated in the appropriate category and remain available to those who need them without confusion or increase in cost.

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