Maggie for NH today launched “Care” – a new TV ad that highlights Senator Maggie Hassan’s work to try to ensure that people like her son Ben, who experiences a severe disability, and all Americans, can be fully included in their communities.
The ad features Audrey, a mother from Brentwood, whose daughter Lexi lives with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. Audrey’s family relies on home and community-based services to make sure that Lexi can stay at home while still receiving the help she needs throughout the day. In the ad, Senator Hassan discusses how Ben requires similar care, and how her experience as Ben’s mother drives her to fight for families across New Hampshire.
Watch “Care” here:
Senator Hassan first entered public service in large part to help ensure that those who experience disabilities, like her son Ben, would have the same kinds of opportunities that all parents want for their children. That is why she is pushing Congress to pass the Better Care Better Jobs Act – legislation that would provide long overdue investments to expand home care services, as well as lift up the home care workforce that provides these vital services. The Better Care Better Jobs Act would build on the more than $12.6 billion for home and community-based services that Senator Hassan worked to secure last year. The Senator is also working with Senator Susan Collins to pass their bipartisan legislation that would help address the shortage of direct care professionals in the workforce.
Audrey: Our firstborn child, Lexi, has Cornelia de Lange syndrome. She needs help with everything in her day to day life. When your child has a disability you need to be tough. I see that toughness in Maggie Hassan.
Senator Hassan: Our son was born with cerebral palsy. The goal has always been for families like ours to raise a child who experiences severe disability just the way you would raise your other children.
Audrey: Lexi likes to play the piano, she helps cook dinner.
Senator Hassan: How do we build home and community-based care so that people with disabilities, people who are aging, can enjoy their family, their community, go take an art class.
Audrey: Maggie Hassan’s Better Care Better Jobs Act will allow Lexi to stay at home and not have to live in a nursing home. She can be out in the community more. That would mean so much to us.
Senator Hassan: Helping families like Lexi’s all over the Granite State, it’s why I do the work. I’m Maggie Hassan and I approve this message.