Call to Action: Preserve Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act!

Contact your Congressional Representatives, State Legislators, and Governors NOW!
Members and Friends of LDA,
The House of Representatives is expected to introduce a bill to cut Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on February 27 and immediately to begin work on the bill in the House committee. The result would be two major blows to individuals with disabilities.
Reach out to your federal and state legislators and the Governor's office in your state and tell them that repealing the ACA and replacing it with a plan that CUTS Medicaid is unacceptable. People's health, services, and lives are at stake!  Remember also that Medicaid reimburses the cost of specialized instructional support services ("related services") in schools for children and youth with disabilities, as well as supporting adults with disabilities.
We need advocates to reach out to their Senators and Representatives to let them know why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Here's What To Do:
1.  Call your members of the House of Representatives and Senators directly OR call through the U.S. Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask for the member's office. To find out who your Representative is, go to www.house.gov, and put in your zip code. For Senators, go to www.senate.gov.

Tell the receptionist who answers:

"I am (your name), and I live in (town or city). I am a constituent of Representative/Senator ____________ and a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. I am (a person with a disability; a family member of someone with a disability; a professional in the disability field).

I am calling to tell the Representative/Senator:

  • Do NOT repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement that maintains or improves coverage and protections.
  • Do NOT allow restructuring and cuts to Medicaid to be part of an ACA replacement.
  • The ACA and Medicaid help me/my family member to have health care and community-based (school-based) services.

Thank you."

2.  Send a Message Through Social Media: Tweet or send a message to your member's Facebook page through their websites.
3.  Attend a local town hall meeting while your Senator or Representative is in district, find scheduled meetings at https://townhallproject.com.
4.  Call your Governor today. Find out how to contact them here. Remind your Governor what cuts to the ACA and Medicaid would mean for the state budget and why they matter to you. Share that same message with state legislators.

Background Information

Message 1: Do NOT put a per capita cap on Medicaid! 
Medicaid is a jointly funded program with matching state and federal funds. Under a Medicaid per capita cap, the federal government would set a limit on how much to reimburse states based on enrollment. Unlike current law, funding would not be based on the actual cost of providing services. Much like the proposed block grants, the intent of the per capita caps is to restructure the program, cut federal spending, and drastically reduce money going to the states. Inevitably there will be cuts in funding and other negative impacts to Medicaid recipients. These could include:

  • Losing home, community-based, and school-based services and supports.
  • Losing other critical services such as personal care, mental health, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative services. If funds become more scarce, states may decide to stop providing these services altogether.
  • Shifting the costs to individuals or family members to make up for the federal cuts. The costs of providing health care and long term services and supports will not go away, but will be shifted to individuals, parents, states, and providers.

Message 2: Do NOT repeal the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with disabilities!  

The ACA is the most significant law for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act:

  • Because of the ACA, health insurers can't deny health insurance if you have a disability, chronic condition, or pre-existing condition.
  • Because of the ACA, there aren't arbitrary financial limits to how much health care you can get in a year or in your lifetime.
  • Dependent individuals with disabilities can remain on their parents' insurance to age 26.

Thanks for your advocacy and support of those with disabilities!

Patricia M. Lillie
President
Learning Disabilities Association of America

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