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Raise Your Voice: Speak Up to Save Pennsylvania Medicaid!

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Raise Your Voice: Speak Up to Save Pennsylvania Medicaid!

A new bill to slash Pennsylvania's Medicaid funding is a growing threat in the U.S. Senate. The Graham-Cassidy plan would end Medicaid expansion. It would drastically cut funding for traditional Medicaid.

Call your Senators today! Tell your U.S. Senators that you oppose the Graham-Cassidy plan, because it would cap Medicaid funding and end Medicaid expansion!

Contacts:

  • Senator Pat Toomey (202) 224-4254 or (855) 552-1831
  • Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (202) 224-6324 or (866) 461-9159

Here’s what you can say when you call:

I am calling today to ask you to vote against the Graham-Cassidy health care plan.

I am opposed to capping federal funding for Medicaid.  Funding caps would create a huge hole in Pennsylvania’s state budget.  They would force Pennsylvania to cut Medicaid benefits or limit enrollment.  They would hurt Pennsylvania’s older adults, individuals with disabilities, and children.

It’s also important to keep federal funding for Medicaid expansion in place, to protect more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians who rely on it to get and stay healthy.

Thank you.         

Here is some more information about proposed Medicaid cuts:

Capping federal funding for Medicaid would hurt Pennsylvanians.

  • Pennsylvania’s traditional Medicaid covers 2.2 million people. Approximately 55% of Pennsylvania’s traditional Medicaid enrollees are children, while 72% of traditional Medicaid funding supports older adults and individuals with disabilities.  Medicaid covers vaccines and early intervention services for children.  It covers nursing home care and care that allows older Pennsylvanians to remain independent in their homes.
  • The Senate is considering legislation that would give states limited per-person allotments for each Medicaid enrollee, called “per capita caps.”  Funding increases would be capped at low rates and would not keep pace with inflation. 
  • Per capita caps would create a huge hole in Pennsylvania’s budget.  Pennsylvania would be forced to cut benefits or limit eligibility.

Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion must be preserved.

  • Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid in 2015.  Medicaid expansion covers more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians, many of whom are working, and many of whom have chronic illnesses
  • Medicaid expansion states like Pennsylvania currently get extra federal funding to cover the people who need it without breaking their budgets.
  • The Senate would roll back the extra federal funding for Medicaid expansion starting in 2021, with a big drop in funding in 2024.   Most states would be forced to stop offering coverage to working families for budget reasons.
  • Unlike the House bill, the Senate bill would not give states extra federal funding for Medicaid expansion enrollees who are already getting coverage.  States would not have the funding they need to keep providing coverage for people who are already enrolled.

Speak up for Pennsylvania Medicaid!

Tell your U.S. Senators: 

  • Oppose the Graham-Cassidy plan.
  • Don’t cap federal funding for Medicaid for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and children.
  • Don’t eliminate Medicaid expansion.

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Date: 
09/21/2017