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K9 Mama

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Oh No Use This Call Script to Oppose Medicaid Cuts and Caps

Post by K9 Mama on Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:05 am

Use This Call Script to Oppose Medicaid Cuts and Caps

Soon the United States Senate could act on changes to health care that could drastically limit access to Medicaid for individuals with disabilities. The Senate bill reportedly plans to cap Medicaid, which will restrict and/or eliminate optional home and community-based services.

If you have a senator who may vote in favor of cutting or capping Medicaid (listed below), we urge you to call their office to voice your opposition and explain why Medicaid is crucial for people with disabilities and their families.

Follow these steps to make your voice heard:

   Reference our list of Republican senators above who may vote in favor of cutting or capping Medicaid
   Call the number listed by their name and ask for the relevant health legislative assistant
   Use our call script (below) to guide your conversation
   Optional: Refer to additional talking points provided  (See Below)
 
Call script text

“ Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I'm calling to oppose cuts to Medicaid that will affect people with disabilities. Capping Medicaid funding will be DEVASTATING for individuals with disabilities who receive their care and supports through Medicaid.

Children and adults with disabilities rely on Medicaid services for their health, well-being, and independence. Medicaid helps a child with cerebral palsy access physical therapy; a student with autism receive behavioral health services; a young adult with a spinal cord injury receive personal assistance services to get to his job; and a vulnerable senior access home health services.

Please oppose proposals like block grants and per capita caps that restrict the federal level of support to state Medicaid programs.

Thank you for your consideration. ”


****Optional: Refer to additional talking points provided.

Additional Talking Points to Oppose Cuts and Caps on Medicaid!

Use these additional talking points to supplement our call script created to guide your conversation with any Republican senators who are considering voting in favor of cutting or capping Medicaid.

   SENATOR, please DON’T CUT AND CAP Medicaid funding.

   Children and adults with disabilities rely on Medicaid services for their health, well-being, and independence. Medicaid in your state helps: (include your own examples)
       A child with cerebral palsy access physical therapy;
       A student with autism receive behavioral health services;
       A young adult with a spinal cord injury receive personal assistance services to get to his job; and
       A vulnerable senior access home health services.

   Capping Medicaid funding will be DEVASTATING for individuals with disabilities who receive their care and supports through Medicaid.

   Capping Medicaid means states get a set amount per enrollee instead of being reimbursed for the actual cost to care for that individual.

   Under a per capita cap, states will not receive extra federal funds to cover an individual’s increasing care—due to deteriorating health or changes in a chronic condition.

   Under a per capita cap, states will not receive extra federal funds to cover a promising, but more costly, drug treatment breakthrough. Capping Medicaid will result in optional home and community-based services for people with disabilities being CUT, RESTRICTED or ELIMINATED, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

   Plain and simple, capping Medicaid is a DRASTIC CUT and COST-SHIFT to states—who are already strapped for cash and will have to:
       CUT Medicaid Provider rates;
       RESTRICT eligibility for essential Medicaid care and services; and/or
       ELIMINATE optional home and community-based services—such as home health, attendance care, and out-patient therapies—that are not required services under Medicaid.

   Further cuts to provider rates will further RESTRICT AVAILABILITY or QUALITY of Medicaid services. Past provider cuts have resulted in programs closing and services being restricted.

   Health care reform should DO NO HARM to people with disabilities.

   Capping and cutting Medicaid services—as proposed in the American Health Care Act—HURTS not HELPS individuals with disabilities.

   I urge you to VOTE AGAINST any legislation that CUTS, CAPS or BLOCK GRANTS funding—in any way—for essential Medicaid services and supports.

   Thank you.

The Easterseals website makes it much easier to find your representative of your own state when clicking on the link. You just have to select the state you are in. Now some people are actually calling more then one of their representative and telling many representatives what they think of the Cuts.... Don't let them Buffalo you into thinking Growth Cut isn't a Cut.... For in their proposal it is a CUT Period.....

pwdwareness wrote:We are a great nation so why don't we have Universal Health Care like so so so so Many other Countries.... Think about that....


Resource: Easterseals-Against Medicaid Cuts


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