Tell Our Senators to Protect Medicaid Against Funding Threats – URGENT!
September 19, 2017
- Radically restructure federal Medicaid financing by converting Medicaid to a block grant/per capita cap model, imposing deep cuts to the program;
- Cause millions of people to lose coverage by phasing out the state Medicaid expansion by 2026 and, in the interim, impose a temporary smaller block grant to cover state Medicaid expansions; and
- Allow states to weaken or eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
- As your constituent, I’m calling to urge Senator Casey/Toomey to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill that threatens Medicaid funding.
- Medicaid is an incredibly important lifeline for the most vulnerable members of our communities.
- This bill proposes to convert Medicaid to a per capita cap/block grant and end the state Medicaid expansion, which will dramatically cut the program and adversely affect our local agencies’ ability to carry out their missions. States and philanthropies, such as Jewish federations, simply will not be able to make up the losses from these steep cuts.
- Advancing this bill forward in less than two weeks, without independent analysis and understanding of its effects across the nation and on each state, is unacceptable.
- Before voting on this bill, we need to understand the legislation’s ramifications for millions of people in our state.
- Congress should work instead in a bipartisan, thoughtful, and open process towards reform that maintains coverage and does not threaten the federal commitment to Medicaid.