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Don’t Mess with Medicaid - Ask Senate to Vote NO on Ryan Resolution

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Don’t Mess with Medicaid - Ask Senate to Vote NO on Ryan Resolution

May 25, 2011

The Senate is about to begin debate and possibly vote this evening on the recent budget proposal (S. Con. Res. 18) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. If implemented, this resolution would seriously undermine Medicaid, cutting the program by a total of $772 billion from the current funding level. That's a 35 percent reduction. In addition, the proposal would cap the reduced amount of funding as a block grant, eliminating the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY—TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON THE RYAN RESOLUTION!

If enacted, the States would have to implement additional cuts or provide additional state funding to make up for the lost federal funds. States are faced with significant budget shortfalls now, so it's clear that this approach would mean that states would eliminate Medicaid services, cap enrollment, and impose high premiums and co-payments for Medicaid beneficiaries. The budget proposal does not take into account the millions of individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicaid funding to pay for needed supports. Jeopardizing these supports is the wrong response to balancing the federal budget and only serves as a means to shift costs to providers and to the individuals they support.

Please NOTE Republican Senators who plan to vote against the House budget plan: Collins and Snowe (ME), Brown (MA), Paul (KY), Lugar (IN) and Murkowski (AK).If one of these individuals is your Senator, change your message to: I understand you are considering voting against the House budget plan. I’m calling to let you know that I support your “NO” vote and thank you.

Take Action

Click on the Take Action link and use the talking points at the bottom of the alert when you make your call. Your Senator’s Washington DC phone numbers will also appear at the bottom of the alert. You can leave your message with anyone who answers the phone in the offices. Please let us know in the feedback area that you’ve made your calls.