6,000 Waiting tells the powerful stories of three Georgians with developmental disabilities whose lives are significantly impacted by the staggering lack and complexity of state Medicaid waiver funding. With persistence, courage, and self-determination, they fight to access the resources they desperately need to live life on their own terms.
L'Arche Atlanta created this film to encourage people to take action to increase access to Now/COMP waiver funding so people with disabilities can live life on their own terms.
It costs Georgians 3 times more to care for someone in a nursing facility than to provide community-based care. But federal law requires states to pay for nursing facilities, while community-based care is not guaranteed.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
1. WRITE. Contact your legislator to advocate for increased funding for Medicaid waivers in Georgia. Find out who your legislator is here and write to them advocating for increased funding for Medicaid waivers in Georgia. Here is a template you can use.
2. JOIN. Join GCDD's Advocacy Network to receive advocacy alerts, calls to action, and legislator tracking. Sign up here.
3. SHARE. Use this guide for content to share on social media. You can also host your own screening of the film by signing up here!
You can make a difference! Use your voice to spread the word!
Storytelling Project Team
L’Arche has teamed up with project manager Irene Turner of Resurgens Impact Consulting to lead the project. 6,000 Waiting is a collaboration between filmmakers Michael McDonald and Rhyme & Reason. The Hidden Voices podcast is a collaboration between FRQNCY Media and ListnUp Radio. Treasure Maps Roadshow is a partnership with StoryMuse.