View Congress Member / SenatorName: Christopher Murphy
Position: Senate (CT)
Staffer: Muad Hrezi
Address: 136 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Number of Contacts: 8 ( or 0% in support)
Message and Talking Points
Ellen Taverna writes on 8/13/2018 at 2:05PM:
Ellen met with Muad Hrezi on 8/8 as a follow-up from previous meetings with Murphy???s office. Muad asked what does the DIA do differently than the ADA? Why do we need DIA? I answered that the DIA will strengthen the ADA integration mandate to clarify that states and private insurers cannot interfere with every American's right to liberty by failing to provide Long Term Services and Supports in the community. The DIA would make it illegal for states/insurance companies to discriminate against individuals who choose community-based care support options and would outlaw discriminatory tactics like cost and service caps. We talked about CT???s recent work on HCBS and the NCD data as well as data from the MFP program. I needed to explain terms like LTSS and FMAP during the meeting and I followed up by email with all the research and data referenced in the meeting. On 8/13/18, Muad emailed me with the contact information for Emily Smith, LA now covering disability issues, Emily_Smith@murphy.senate.gov. She asked for a section by section of the bill.
Frieda Jones writes on 8/09/2018 at 4:55PM:
On July 24th, 2018, NCIL Advocates Danielle Drazen, Claire Houston, and Kurt Vogel met with staffer Emily Smith. She's planning on bringing to Murphy before August recess. Has been talking to HELP committee about it.
Ellen Taverna writes on 7/17/2018 at 12:40PM:
Ellen Taverna and Nicole LeBlanc met with Michael Bednarczyk (Housing/Transportation) and Emily Smith (LA who covers issues re: people w/ disabilities) on 7/12. Muad Hrezi was not available. I recommend following up with all staffers ??? Mike, Emily, Muad and Eammon. We covered many of the same talking points from our previous meeting on 6/28. We emphasized the need for Murphy to cosponsor as a key HELP Committee member. Mike asked given the cost savings what is the opposition to the bill? Why isn???t there broader (ie Republican) support? I responded that there really isn???t any public opposition and we have Republican support in the House. Given the state of the Senate its difficult to have broad support for anything. I mentioned Medicaid???s mandate to fund supports and services in nursing home/institutions and not HCBS, but that shouldn???t be a reason to oppose. I brought it back to the savings for CT citing the NCD stats and the FMAP benefits to CT. I also highlighted the many different groups that do support the proposed legislation as a civil rights issue. And this bill is extremely important to Schumer as one of two bills he has remained as the original sponsor. They asked to give them a few weeks to review before following up again.
Ellen Taverna writes on 6/29/2018 at 9:28AM:
Ellen Taverna, Stephanie Woodward and Gregg Beratan met with Nellie Jafari, Sen. Murphy???s Healthcare Policy Fellow on 6/27 in DC office. Our original meeting was scheduled with Muad Hrezi and he will be the contact going forward at Muad_Hrezi@murphy.senate.gov. Ms. Jafari didn???t have much knowledge of the bill but couldn???t give a reason why Sen. Murphy wasn???t signed on. We talked about the NCD report comparing CT???s signicant difference in cost of services in institutional setting vs. HCBS ($336,530 vs. $63,394) and CT???s growing aging population. Also, CT???s recent improvements toward better HCBS and DIA???s 5% FMAP incentives. Ellen will be meeting with Muad Hrezi on July 10 to follow up.
Ericka Jones writes on 6/04/2018 at 12:05PM:
ADAPT met with Eamonn Collins on May 16th. He said that their office would work closely with disability groups in their state. If there was support he was sure the Senator would sign on. Follow up: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Darling writes on 9/27/2017 at 3:30PM:
On September 27th, ADAPT members - as part of the Fall Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.
Bruce Darling writes on 5/17/2017 at 4:45PM:
On May 17th, ADAPT members - as part of the Spring Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.
Stephanie Woodward writes on 4/13/2016 at 11:02AM:
On April 13, 2016, ADAPT members ? as part of the Spring Action Hill Day ? provided the Senator?s office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Senator cosponsor this legislation.