Two men and one woman sit and stand in front of a building.  They hold signs that read "Funding is a Matter of Life or Death for the Disabled," "Coverage Defense Committee," and one sign that is partially out of frame but begins with "Don't Forget."

Photo by the Coverage Defense Committee

Dis/Representation: “Medicaid & Medicare Coverage Stories from the Coverage Defense Committee”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Portland Community College Cascade Campus
Student Union Room 203
705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
Bus line 72 (click here for map)
Parking information below.*  Follow this link to download a map of PCC Cascade: 4-cascade-campus-map

Discussion Materials and Resources
Follow links to download:
Medicaid Medicare PowerPoint Presentation
The Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates
Coverage Stories from the Coverage Defense Committee on YouTube

The Disability Art and Culture Project is proud to host the Coverage Defense Committee for our March Dis/Representation discussion forum.

The Coverage Defense Committee advocates to maintain and improve healthcare and independent living access, and shapes supportive and creative solutions on the federal, state, and local levels. They are recipients of Medicaid and Medicare services and providers working together to defend against cuts and ensure adequate care. They are people with pre-existing conditions, people with disabilities, paid and unpaid caregivers, mental health professionals, social service workers, and older people.

“Ultimately this is about the preservation of self-determination. We have been able to devise a life, sometimes a thriving life, out of the services allotted to us through Medicaid programs. The proposed cuts to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act would have a devastating impact on people with disabilities. Our task now is to demand that no roadblocks be put in the path from institutionalization to integration.” – Coverage Defense Committee

At our March discussion, the Coverage Defense Committee will be sharing their stories about Medicaid and Medicare coverage, which they tell to motivate, empower, and show the need for change. They’ll also talk about opportunities to participate in advocacy as a way of pressuring decision-makers to do what’s socially just.

Erik and Yulia’s Story

Learn more about the Coverage Defense Committee:

This event is free and open to the public.

Online participation will be available for this discussion.  Click here for information about how to participate virtually.  Or, send an email to us at if you have any questions.

Accommodations available upon request:
ASL Interpreters
Audio Description
Real-Time Captioning (CART)
Alternate Formats

Please contact us at one week in advance to ensure accommodations. Thank you.

*Please note that PCC visitors parking a vehicle are required to purchase and display a permit. Parking costs $2 for two hours. When attending PCC events, please refrain from parking on neighborhood streets.

Dis/Representation is made possible through a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and our partnership with Portland Community College Disability Services.

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