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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!

In May 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cap federal funding for the Medicaid program and to end Medicaid expansion. Now, the U.S. Senate is weighing these devastating cuts to Medicaid.

Call your Senators today! Tell your U.S. Senators that you oppose the House of Representatives’ bill to 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 because I support Medicaid.   I oppose the House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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 seniors, individuals with disabilities, and children.

It’s also important to keep 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 Medicaid and the House bill:

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 seniors 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 House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act 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 House bill would freeze Medicaid expansion starting in 2020.  After 2020, states could cover new enrollees, but they would get much less federal funding.  Most states would be forced to stop offering coverage due to budget reasons. 
  • Current enrollees could stay on the program, but if they lost coverage for more than a month, they would not be able to reenroll at the higher funding rate.  The Congressional Budget Office estimates that more than two-thirds of people covered by Medicaid expansion would lose coverage within two years.

Speak up for Pennsylvania Medicaid!

Tell your U.S. Senators: 

  • Don’t cap federal funding for Medicaid for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and children.
  • Don’t eliminate Medicaid expansion.

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Date: 
05/08/2017