Congress has already begun the process of repealing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it now is on the fast track to include major cuts to the Medicaid programs as part of the replacement plan. The result would be two major blows to individuals with disabilities.
People's health, services and lives are at stake! We need advocates to reach out to their Senators and Representatives to let them know why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families.
Message 1: Do NOT per capita cap Medicaid!
Medicaid is a jointly funded program with matching state and federal funds. Under a Medicaid per capita cap, the federal government would set a limit on how much to reimburse states based on enrollment. Unlike current law, funding would not be based on the actual cost of providing services. Much like the proposed block grants, the intent of the per capita caps is to restructure the program and save the federal government money. Inevitably there will be cuts in funding and other negative impacts to Medicaid recipients could include:
For additional information, see The Arc's fact sheet about Medicaid.
Message 2: Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with disabilities!
The ACA is the most significant law for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act:
For additional information, see The Arc's fact sheet about the ACA.
Call your Senators and Representatives today 202-224-3121. Now isthe time for ACTION, remember every call matters! Don't let them take away health care and services for millions of people and replace it with a plan that CUTS Medicaid.
Call your Governors today, find out how to contact them here.Remind your Governor what cuts to the ACA Medicaid would mean for the state budget and why they matter to you. Share that same message with state legislators.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Take Action To Prevent Gutting of the ACA and Medicaid
from The Arc of the US