Who does Medicaid serve?
Surprisingly, the answer is most likely you.
“Roughly one in three people now turning 65 will require nursing home care at some point during his or her life. Over three-quarters of long-stay nursing home residents will eventually be covered by Medicaid. Many American voters think Medicaid is only for low-income adults and their children — for people who aren’t “like them.” But Medicaid is not “somebody else’s” insurance. It is insurance for all of our mothers and fathers and, eventually, for ourselves.”
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How big an issue is this?
Medicaid accounts for one sixth of all health care spending, almost 2/3 of that for older and disabled adults in long-term care situation like nursing homes. Medicaid pays almost half of nursing home costs associated with caring for Alzheimer’s or stroke patients. This can account for as much as three-quarters of a state’s Medicare spending. Reducing funding will have devastating effects. Nursing homes will respond by laying off staff, causing more hospitalizations for preventable conditions which taxpayers will fund through Medicare at four times the cost. This doesn’t count the suffering that our frail elderly will bear as the result of inadequate staffing.
How is the GOP Senate addressing this important program?
Slate writer Jordan Weismann: “The defining feature of the Senate Republican health care bill is that, over the long term, it would absolutely decimate Medicaid—more so even than the House legislation passed last month. And it accomplishes this wrecking job with surprising efficiency, a mere six lines of text in a 142-page document.”
1. Like their House colleagues, Senate GOPers will cap the amount of money given the states each year to pay for each Medicaid patient (currently, there’s no limit to how much the feds can spend).
2.Between 2020 and 2024, they would increase that funding each year based on the consumer price index for medical expenditures—which is already expected to grow more slowly than Medicaid would.
3. After 2025, it would switch the consumers price index from one for medical issues to one connected to regular purchases, which will cause a loss of hundreds of billions of dollars to the system over time.
4. The most ferocious cuts are timed to take place after all senators are safely re-elected.
5. The AHCA is so catastrophic that 6 members of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resigned in protest late last week. Medicaid currently covers over 40% of patients receiving care for HIV. The proposed bill also ends the requirement that Medicaid cover addiction treatment in states that expanded the program, putting some people at greater risk of HIV.
The Medicaid protests have already started. Today’s events included a rowdy gang of disability demonstators and advocates stating their case outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. They were an inspiration!
Protest Event lists
- On July 29, Americans are coming together all over the country to say “Our Lives Are On the Line” if Republicans pass Trumpcare and strip our health coverage. Partnering with this effort are Planned Parenthood, CAP, OFA, Women’s March, among others. We can find an event we can join here: http://ourlivesontheline.org/ and we can find the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/803371079813922/
- Resist and Protest.com
Please send event postings here for updating: firstname.lastname@example.org
Script: I’m calling to ask Senator (____) to fight against any cuts to Medicaid. As the baby boomer generation ages, our nation will need more Medicaid funding, not less. Any reduction of funding is a step in the wrong direction and will hurt to our senior citizens, low income families, and those with disabilities.
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Write an amendment for the “Vote-a rama”!
(Indivisibleguide.com) Got a Democratic Senator? You’ve still got work to do. As mentioned above, one of the final stages of the TrumpCare bill is a little-known process known as “vote-a-rama” where ANY Senator can submit as many amendments as he or she wants. And here’s the thing: EVERY amendment takes time to be introduced and voted on. We’re collecting THOUSANDS of amendments and submitting them directly to Senate staff.
Add your own here.
Track your Senator and Congressperson!
You’re probably going to need Medicaid.
The Hill: The Senate GOP releases bill with deep cuts to Medicaid.
What’s in the Senate health care bill?
The Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid (NY Times)
The Senate bill is out. Here’s your speed read.
Six lines of text that could demolish Medicaid
Trump’s HIV advisers resigned.
My Patients need Medicaid
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