The Arc of Massachusetts is marking a significant milestone this year: 60 years of advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. On Thursday, November 19th, members, families, friends, and advocates will gather to celebrate The Arc’s many accomplishments and look ahead to the next 60 years.
In the spring we announced that the state Medicaid office was developing a plan to restructure its program and services. Why should you care? Many critical services come through this state agency. In our state, Medicaid provides these services through MassHealth or CommonHealth, public insurance programs (for the rest of the article we will use MassHealth for CommonHealth as well). At The Arc, Medicaid and Social Security are called the “Lifeline” for people with disabilities.