Tell Senators Booker and Menendez that the AHCA Would Threaten Medicaid Expansion
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has shared this update on threats to the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid expansion.
Earlier this month, the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA.) Now the debate moves to the Senate.
Senators are currently negotiating changes to the AHCA and it is unclear when a bill will be finalized. Now is the time for action!
Particularly important to those engaged in integrating housing and health for people with complex needs, the AHCA would threaten care for everyone who relies on Medicaid by radically restructuring the program and capping federal funding to states.
The bill would also effectively end Medicaid expansion. This would threaten the gains made in streamlining housing and health for consumers because they could lose their Medicaid eligibility. Providers could lose Medicaid reimbursement for services such as mental health care and substance use treatment.
Please share with our Senators stories about the role Medicaid has played in the lives of your clients, especially if you work with people who are covered through Medicaid expansion.
You can share these stories via social media, in traditional media or via your organization’s regular correspondence with the public and members of Congress.
You can use the staff contact names and email addresses to reach out to Senator Booker and Menendez’s offices and tell them that AHCA would negatively impact you or your clients. Be sure to share your story.
Senators Booker and Menendez and voiced their support for protecting health care for all Americans but it is still important for them to hear from you!
Some key things to remember about the potential harmful effects to the AHCA are:
- Medicaid works for women, and cuts to Medicaid would disproportionately harm women
- The House health bill ends Medicaid as we know it
- The House bill can’t be fixed