Did you miss the June 6 Day of Action to Protect Medicaid? It’s not too late!

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Call Capitol Line: 202–224–3121

On June 6th thousands of people across the U.S. are taking action to protect Medicaid. Please join us and stand up for people with disabilities, including people with mental health needs. Help us stop the Medicaid caps and cuts and save the services that allow children and adults with disabilities to live and participate in their community. Join us in saying ‘no’ to over $800 billion in cuts that will leave 10 million people with disabilities at risk of losing the services they depend on.

Call the Capitol Line and share your support for the important services provided by Medicaid.

The Senate may by sending a draft bill to Congressional Budget Office for scoring by Friday. That makes the national #SaveMedicaid Day of Action tomorrow even more important. Call in to members of Congress (especially our 2 U.S. Senators) and say why Medicaid is so important to you and what $839 billion in federal cuts would mean to you and your family. https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/june-6th-actions/

1. 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for critical service that help them live and participate in their community.

  • Many people with disabilities are unaware that the services they receive are part of Medicaid. If you’re a person with a disability and you receive any community-based support, it’s very likely through Medicaid. CCS, Family Care, IRIS, BadgerCare, SeniorCare are all Medicaid programs, as are nursing and personal care services, specialized therapies, intensive mental health services, special education services, and other needed services that are unavailable through private insurance.

2. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would decimate Medicaid — it would lead to more than $800 billion in cuts over the next decade.

3. In response states will have no choice but to reduce services, cut optional services, restrict eligibility, and increase waiting lists.

4. People with disabilities will be disproportionally harmed. They make up about 14% of Medicaid participants but account for 40% the cost.

5. The home and community based services (HCBS) on which people with disabilities rely are especially at risk because they are optional and could be completely eliminated.

6. There is no “acceptable” cap on Medicaid: the goal of any cap is to cut Medicaid spending.

7. Caps don’t give states more flexibility. They just give states less money.

8. The caps being proposed in the AHCA have nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Capping Medicaid absolutely should not be part of any conversation about how to improve the ACA.

9. Take caps off the table and let’s have a conversation about how to improve the ACA.

10. Vote no to the AHCA or any bill that caps or cuts Medicaid, cuts healthcare for people with disabilities, and does not protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Anytime is a good time to call— Keep calling!

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Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on June 07, 2017

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