Join Alliance National Call-In Day to Protect Medicaid on June 22
Join us for the National Call-In Day to Protect Medicaid because as early as next week, the Senate is expected to vote on legislation similar to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that was approved by the House of Representatives.
The potential passage for the AHCA would cause millions of people to lose health insurance and slash Medicaid funding for supportive housing services that benefit people experiencing homelessness.
It is critical that housing advocates call their Senators on Thursday, June 22, 2017 and ask them to oppose any healthcare bill that slashes Medicaid.
On June 22, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is hosting a National Call-In Day.
Please call Senators Cory Booker (NJ-D) and Robert Menendez (NJ-D) and urge them to oppose any healthcare bill that cuts, caps, or phases out Medicaid for millions of the lowest income people. This healthcare legislation will be defeated if three Republican Senators reject these cuts. Your calls can make the difference.
- Senator Booker’s Washington DC office can be reached at 202-224-4744.
- Senator Menendez’s Washington, D.C. office can be reached at 202-224-3224.
As background, on March 4, 2017, House Republicans voted in favor of the AHCA. The AHCA would roll back Medicaid expansion and change the entire structure of the program, making it a block grant and dramatically cutting its funding. For more information read our prior post – House Narrowly Approves Repeal of the ACA.
The bill also allows states to impose work requirements, higher premiums, and emergency room co-payments within Medicaid. These changes would be devastating for low income households, especially homeless individuals receiving supportive services through Medicaid. The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote as soon as next week.
Senators are drafting legislation similar to the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), and hoping to hold a vote on this health care reform bill as early as the 4th of July.
The House bill cuts over $800 billion to Medicaid, and would leave 23 million more people without health insurance. And while the Senate has not yet released a draft of their bill, we expect similarly devastating outcomes.
Medicaid is an essential tool in the fight against chronic homelessness, and the coverage gained through Medicaid expansion has improved health care access for millions of the most vulnerable Americans. Key Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections are also being considered for elimination, including:
- guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions and
- mandated coverage of essential health benefits,
Both of these help ensure that people experiencing homelessness can get adequate and appropriate help and treatment.
These cuts, particularly to Medicaid, would be devastating to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and would hinder communities’ efforts to house and regain stability for homeless individuals and families.
And after you call Senators Booker and Menendez, register to join us for our Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
The event includes free bus transportation from New Jersey to Washington, DC and is an excellent opportunity to make your voice heard. We will be carrying with us to DC, the message “No Housing Cuts.” The message to protect Medicaid is closely linked to the housing funding message.