Tell Your Senators: Extend the Increase in Medicaid Funding

Background: The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included a temporary increase in federal Medicaid matching funds to help alleviate state budget pressures and prevent cuts in coverage during the current economic downturn. This increase in Medicaid funding ends in December of this year (2010), but states continue to face extraordinary difficulty balancing their budgets for the next fiscal year. As a result many are considering cutting Medicaid benefits and eligibility, as well as provider rates as they develop their 2011 budgets.  Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has introduced a bill, S. 3000, to extend the increased Medicaid funding provided in the ARRA that he hopes will be included in legislation.

The House passed an extension of the increase in federal Medicaid funding in December as part of a jobs creation bill called the “Jobs for Main Street Act” (H.R. 2847). The bill would provide a six-month extension of the increase in the federal Medicaid funds—amounting to $23.5 billion in additional federal funding for states. The Senate has also been working on a jobs creation bill, but the latest version proposed by the Democratic leadership did not include an extension of the federal Medicaid funding.  However, the Senate plans to take up additional legislation in the weeks ahead to spur job and economic growth and this legislation should include an extension of the Medicaid funding increase.

State governments and governors are right now in the midst of developing their budgets for next year, and they need assurance that additional federal Medicaid funds will be forthcoming or else we will likely see dramatic cuts in Medicaid coverage. It will also be important to urge that these additional Medicaid funds come with strong maintenance of effort requirements to ensure these funds are only used to preserve Medicaid coverage. As Senate Democrats take steps to spur jobs and provide economic assistance, this is a key opportunity to urge them to include additional Medicaid funds for the states. 

Contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 3000 and support action on legislation to extend increased federal support for Medicaid.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to support efforts to extend an increase in Medicaid funding to the states through July of 2011.

Medicaid is a vital source of funding for mental health services. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included a temporary increase in federal Medicaid matching funds to help alleviate state budget pressures and prevent cuts in coverage during the current economic downturn. This increase in Medicaid funding ends in December of this year (2010), but states continue to face extraordinary difficulty balancing their budgets for the next fiscal year. As a result many are considering cutting Medicaid benefits and eligibility, as well as provider rates as they develop their 2011 budgets.

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I urge you to cosponsor the bill and support steps to include the increase in Medicaid funding in job-creation and related legislation.

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