Medicaid Crisis—Contact Your Senators Today!

The “American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (HR 4213)” originally included an extension of the higher Medicaid federal matching rates until June 30, 2011, at a cost of $24 billion. However, the Medicaid funding was stripped out to lower the cost before the bill passed the House of Representatives on May 28th by a vote of 245 to 171.  An extension of subsidies to help unemployed workers pay for COBRA coverage was also removed from the bill prior to the vote.  This bill would extend a number of expiring tax cuts along with authorizing spending programs to encourage job growth. 

The increase in federal Medicaid funding through December of 2010 was authorized in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help alleviate state budget pressures and prevent cuts in coverage. Many states are still having extraordinary difficulty balancing their budgets for this next fiscal year which begins for most on July 1, 2010. But the supplemental federal Medicaid assistance will end in December -- mid-way through the state fiscal year. Without this federal support, many states will be forced to make cuts in their Medicaid programs.

When the Senators return from recess next week, they are expected to vote on the “American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (HR 4213)”

TAKE ACTION!

  • Call your Senator—by calling the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-2131 and urge them to add the extension of the Medicaid funding increase back into the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (HR 4213)"—before it is brought up on the Senate floor and/or
  • Complete the “Email Your legislator” form by taking the following steps:   

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you add the extension of the Medicaid funding increase back into the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (HR 4213)"--before it is brought up on the Senate floor.

Medicaid provides a critical link to needed mental health services for millions of low-income Americans. In light of the economic difficulties our nation is currently facing, many more of our citizens will need the assistance Medicaid provides, particularly mental health care. But, states will have increasing difficulty meeting those needs without additional federal support. Medicaid is the single largest source of public funding for mental health care, and thus cuts to this program would have a dramatic effect on access to mental health services.

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I urge you to add the extension of the Medicaid funding increase back into the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (HR 4213)"--before it is brought up on the Senate floor.


Sincerely,

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