Plans to Change and Cut Medicaid continue, constituent voices critical

Congress has not abandoned its bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would change Medicaid as we know it and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). The AHCA would:

  • Impose a 25% (or almost $900 billion) cut to Medicaid

  • Impose per capita caps and block grants to Medicaid, which force states to make decisions on who should be covered under state Medicaid programs, whether people have to wait for services, and what services and supports are included (more information on impacts for people with disabilities)

  • Repeal many provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are critical to people with disabilities

Congress continues to negotiate changes to the bill behind the scenes in an effort to pass it this spring; many of the additional changes being discussed would be detrimental to people with disabilities. Changes to the bill reported being considered include:

  • Allowing states to stop covering essential health benefits, which include prescription drugs, mental health services, and rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.

  • Removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions,

  • Adding provisions that treat high-cost individuals differently from other consumers considered more “insurable”

The bill still includes the large cuts to Medicaid spending, switch to per capita caps/block granting, and other changes to the ACA.

Take Action

From April 7–23 Congressional members will be on recess in their home states, waiting to hear from YOU. Tell them what Medicaid supports and services you or your family uses and what changes would happen to your daily life if those supports and services were reduced or went away.

1. Call your Congressman’s office (Find who represents you)

2. Participate in a town hall meeting (if he/she is having them) (Town Hall Meeting schedule)

3. Request an in-district meeting (Wisconsin Congressional Delegation office phone numbers)

4. Post your Medicaid questions to your elected official’s Facebook page (Congressional Delegation Facebook pages)

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Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on April 12, 2017

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