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Medicaid – Please Lend Your Voice

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2017 | Uncategorized

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Today there is no personal story, no witty reference to any modern media.  I am asking for your help in determining the future of Medicaid. If you, or someone you know or love, is not currently affected by Medicaid it is almost certain that you will be at some point in your life.  Please see the below message, taken from an alert from NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.):

“Senate Republicans released a new version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The updated bill is available here, along with a general overview. Unfortunately, the updated version continues to radically restructure Medicaid financing by instituting a per-capita cap. If enacted, these cuts could have devastating consequences over time for individuals with disabilities and older adults. As such, NAELA must continue to oppose the legislation. Call your senators today and urge them to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Option 1: Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

  • Follow the prompts. Press “1” to indicate you want to speak with your senator, then say your state and press “1” to indicate that the state is correct.
  • Finally, press “1” to connect to your first senator’s office.
  • Repeat to get connected with your second senator’s office.

Option 2: Look up the direct office number in the Senate Directory

Talking Points

  • Thank you for taking my call, I am a [citizen] in [CITY, STATE] who is [concerned] for persons with disabilities and older adults in need of long-term care.
  • I urge Senator [NAME] to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
  • Medicaid is the only way most people, not just the poor but also working-class and middle-class Americans, can pay for long-term care.
  • The drastic cuts to Medicaid contained in the legislation will have a devastating consequence to the people I [know].
  • Limiting access to services through Medicaid will disrupt families, requiring caregivers to leave their jobs to provide care they may not be qualified to do.

I am also saddened to see that the legislation gets rid of Medicaid’s three-month retroactive coverage. Without retroactive coverage, if someone faces a crisis, such as a serious fall that sends them to a nursing home, their families could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars of nursing home costs.”Please add your voice to this important decision!