Urge your federal officials to increase funding for Medicaid!

During this difficult time of the pandemic, many people are losing their jobs and their employer sponsored health insurance. With loss of income and health care needs rising due to COVID-19, many Americans are turning to Medicaid for the first time. Just as many Americans need Medicaid, states are strapped by pandemic costs and may be forced to cut services, including Medicaid. The federal government can step in and increase its portion to ensure that all Americans have the health services they need.

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The federal portion of Medicaid is referred to as Federal Medical Assistance Percentages or FMAP. Congress can do two things: increase the FMAP as part of the next COVID-19 federal aid package or pass legislation that would programmatically increase the FMAP as unemployment increases in the state. Senator Bob Casey has recently introduced S. 4108, the Coronavirus Medicaid Response Act. The bill would create an automatic process to increase the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) when unemployment increases. Hence, it provides a systematic response and provide aid when states and individuals need it most, without relying on new legislation for a temporary increase.

Increasing the FMAP is not only important for the American public, it is vital for the 37 million Americans with kidney disease. Studies have shown that when people have access to primary care, they are most likely to learn of their kidney disease and take steps to address it. A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showed that for every additional 10% of the population covered by Medicaid (rather than being uninsured), there was a 1.8% decrease in kidney failure.* For these individuals, it means that they avoided dialysis. The federal government needs to support Medicaid as the states are looking at cuts because of their need to balance budgets.

Please contact your federal officials and request that they increase the FMAP and support legislation that would tie FMAP increases to unemployment rates.

* https://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/25/6/1321

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Please support Federal Medical Assistance Percentages increases

Dear [Decision Maker],

As someone who has been touched by kidney disease, I am writing to request that you support increasing the FMAP in the next COVID-19 federal aid package and support legislation that would tie increases in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) to the state's unemployment rate.

During this difficult time of the pandemic, many people are losing their jobs and their employer sponsored health insurance. With loss of income and health care needs rising due to COVID-19, many Americans are turning to Medicaid for the first time. Just as many Americans need Medicaid, states are strapped by pandemic costs and may be forced to cut services, including Medicaid. The federal government should increase the FMAP to ensure that all Americans have the health services they need.

Increasing the FMAP is not only important for the American public, it is vital for the 37 million Americans with kidney disease. Studies have shown that when people have access to primary care, they are most likely to learn of their kidney disease and take steps to address it. A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showed that for every additional 10% of the population covered by Medicaid (rather than being uninsured), there was a 1.8% decrease in kidney failure. For these individuals, it means that they avoided dialysis. The federal government needs to support Medicaid as the states are looking at cuts because of their need to balance budgets.

In addition to increasing the FMAP in the next COVID-19 federal aid package, please support S. 4108, the Coronavirus Medicaid Response Act. The bill would create an automatic process to increase the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) when unemployment increases. Hence, it provides a systematic response and provide aid when states and individuals need it most, without relying on new legislation for a temporary increase.

We are still in the middle of an unprecedented global crisis, and millions of Americans are out of work. Many Americans who have lost their jobs need Medicaid to ensure they have health care in case they are infected with the COVID-19. State budgets are now stretched, and without federal assistance, states may be forced to cut Medicaid services. Please support FMAP increases and S. 4108, the Coronavirus Medicaid Response Act.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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