Weigh in With the Super Committee on Medicaid

We need Senator Menendez’s support!

Senator Menendez at the 2008 Congressional ReceptionThe National Alliance to End Homelessness is asking for our help because Senator Robert Menendez sits on the important Senate Finance Committee. This committee will play a critical role in potential changes to Medicaid that might affect people experiencing homelessness – especially those with the most severe challenges.

It oversees Medicaid and will submit recommendations to the “Super-Committee” on deficit reduction by Friday, October 14 on what changes, if any, should be made to Medicaid. We need your help to make sure that the Senate Finance recommends that the Super Committee protect Medicaid access to help finish the job of ending chronic homelessness. [ad#MenendezBC] Here’s how we need your help:

  1. Call or email Senator Menendez’s Washington D.C office and ask to speak to Michael J. Passante  at 202.224.4744.
  2. Use the sample talking points and/or sample letter to make the case that protecting access to Medicaid is critical, especially for ending chronic homelessness.
  3. Let Kate Seif at the National Alliance know the response, if any. She can be reached at 202.942.8281.

Background In August, Congress passed a major deficit reduction package. It will have a big impact on homelessness in many ways, including through the “Super-Committee.” This bipartisan committee is charged with recommending how to achieve an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. This Super-Committee has the authority to consider changes or cuts to Medicaid, and we must ensure that this doesn’t happen. The National Alliance recently put out a one-page brief on why it is important to help chronically homeless people avoid high-cost health care – just as Medicaid does. The National Alliance could use your help educating your senators on the importance of ending chronic homelessness and the role that Medicaid has to play in that effort.