Act Now to Stop Drastic Cuts to Medicaid and Health Care for People with Disabilities – Congress is Moving Fast!
NDSC is an active member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the authors of this alert. This bill is moving quickly and would result in deep cuts in children’s waiver services, adult employment, and residential support services.
Congress is on a fast track to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) related to people with disabilities and to make drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. The level of cuts over time would decimate the Medicaid program.
When will this happen? It is happening now! The House of Representatives is moving quickly to push the bill through Committee this week and vote by the end of March. The Senate is planning to vote on the House bill before the mid-April recess.
People’s health, services, and lives are at stake. We urgently need advocates to reach out to their Senators and Representatives and tell them to stop the repeal of the ACA provisions related to people with disabilities and the cuts to Medicaid. Advocates need to explain why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families.
Message 1: Do not cut and 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 in the Medicaid program. 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 in the states. The negative impacts to Medicaid recipients could include:
Losing home and community-based services and supports. Waiting lists would quickly grow.
Losing other critical services such as personal care, mental health, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative services. If funds become scarcer, states may decide to stop providing these services altogether.
Being forced into unnecessary institutionalization. States could return to the days of “warehousing” people with disabilities in institutions.
Shifting the costs to individuals or family members to make up for the federal cuts. The costs of providing health care and long-term services and supports will not go away, but will be shifted to individuals, parents, states, and providers.
Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices today. You can also use https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ and http://whoismyrepresentative.com/ to get contact information.
Now is the time for action; remember every call matters. Don’t let Congress take away health care and long-term support services for millions of people and replace it with a plan that cuts Medicaid.
What to Say:
I am your constituent.
I am a person with a disability (or I am a family member of someone with a disability or I am a professional in the disability field).
Do not allow restructuring and cuts to Medicaid to be part of a replacement bill.
Medicaid helps me/my family member to have health care and community-based services.