Tell Your Legislators: Protect Medicaid from Cuts in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
Congress and the White House are currently negotiating over
spending cuts and tax increases to avoid the fiscal cliff. The term refers to
more than $500 billion in tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts of 8
to 11 percent scheduled to take effect after January 1 unless a deficit
reduction deal is reached.
Because health care makes up a large chunk of the federal budget,
vital programs like Medicaid, Medicare and parts of the Affordable Care Act,
including the Prevention and Public Health Fund, are vulnerable to cuts.
Medicaid, which is the largest source of funding for mental health services, is
most in danger.
Cuts to the vital services provided by Medicaid would have a
devastating impact on the health and welfare of millions. States would be
forced to reduce services, which would likely result in an increased number of
Americans unable to access the care they need. Proposals that cut Medicaid or
change its structure would also cripple efforts to expand the program under
health reform. States may elect not to participate if the promise of federal
support for expansion won’t be there. The Affordable Care Act’s goal of access
to affordable health insurance for all Americans would be lost and those most
in need of health care would be left out.
With House and Senate Republicans also demanding an
additional $300 billion in cuts in discretionary spending on social programs to
meet deficit reduction goals, the lives of millions of children and families are
at risk. We should not force our most vulnerable citizens to bear the burden of
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Protect Medicaid from Cuts in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
I urge you to work for a balanced approach in "fiscal cliff" negotiations that protects Medicaid and other vital health care and social service programs from cuts.
For 14.7 million seniors and people with disabilities, Medicaid is a vital safety net that provides access to care in the community.
Medicaid is also a crucial for the health of our children--who represent roughly half of all Medicaid recipients--providing essential preventive services that allow them to live full and productive lives. Cuts to the vital services provided by Medicaid would have a devastating impact on the health and welfare of millions. States would be forced to reduce services, which would likely result in an increased number of Americans unable to access the care they need. But it would do nothing to bring down health care costs overall. It would also 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 $4 billion over the last three fiscal years, the largest reduction in mental health spending since the 1960s. Proposals that cut Medicaid or change its structure would also cripple efforts to have states participate in the expansion of the program under health reform. The Affordable Care Act's goal of access to affordable health insurance for all Americans would be lost and those most in need of health care would be left out. We should not force our most vulnerable citizens to bear the burden of deficit reduction. I support the goal of fiscal responsibility and creating a sound economic future for our nation. But making cuts to programs and services that provide quality, affordable health care for seniors, children and people with disabilities will only put jobs at risk, increase poverty and impose greater hardship on those who are least able to shoulder that burden.
I urge you to work for a sound and balanced deficit reduction plan that protects the health and welfare of our most vulnerable citizens.
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