There are new threats to Medicaid: Action is needed

Published 10:13 am Saturday, September 16, 2017

This summer, advocates like you worked hard to defeat a dangerous health care bill that would have included massive cuts to Medicaid. We need your help to reinforce this message once again, as new proposals are being introduced that include similar threats.

Key senators and the White House are working together to create a bill called the Graham-Cassidy plan.  This bill would block grants and make huge cuts to the Medicaid program, and end the Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies.

In short, it would be devastating to people with disabilities and their families and threaten access to community living.

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Use our sample script at to call your Members of Congress NOW and tell them to:

•Oppose cuts to Medicaid.  Any cuts to Medicaid threaten the lives of people with disabilities.

•Oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill

Act now: Last month the Senate parliamentarian issued an opinion that the deadline for the current budget reconciliation process is Sept. 30.  This means fewer votes are needed to pass this bill until then, so take action now.

Thank you for your work to protect Medicaid!

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