Tell Your Representative: Oppose Dangerous House Budget Plan

 

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a budget proposal as early as Wednesday, April 13, that would make dangerous cuts to Medicaid and likely lead to an increase in the number of Americans unable to receive essential care.  The budget plan would also gut health discretionary funding by nearly 15 percent—to levels lower than Fiscal Year 2008 funding.

The plan would cut Medicaid, the largest source of funding for mental health services, by as much as $1 trillion over the next 10 years and convert it into a block grant. That would undermine the integrity of the program, imperil our public health system and further exacerbate the mental health system given that states have cut mental health agency budgets by a combined total of nearly $2.2 billion over the last three fiscal years, the largest reduction in mental health spending since the 1960s.

Medicaid is a vital safety net for millions of children—who represent roughly half of all Medicaid recipients—providing vital preventive services that allow them to live full and productive lives.

The House budget plan also proposes a $1.6 trillion cut in non-security discretionary spending that would undermine the nation’s support for public health programs, including mental health services, support and research.  And it would put at risk the implementation of health reform and mental health parity laws.

Contact Your Representative Today: Tell Them to Oppose the House Budget Plan

Contact your Representative by:

  1. Calling their office: (use this zip code locator to find the names and numbers of your legislator).
  2. Completing the Email Your Legislator form with your information (below)

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to oppose the House Budget Plan for FY 2012.

This plan would make dangerous cuts to Medicaid and likely lead to an increase in the number of Americans unable to receive essential care. It would also gut health discretionary funding by nearly 15 percent--to levels lower than Fiscal Year 2008 funding.

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I urge you to vote NO on the Ryan Budget Plan for FY 2012 and protect Medicaid and vital health funding.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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[Your Email]

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