09/25/2017

Act Now Against Medicaid Funding Threats

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Contact Senators Portman and Brown to Save Medicaid

Those in the Senate who oppose Medicaid believe they now have the votes and a narrow window to act by the end of this week to convert Medicaid into a block grant which would lead to devastating cuts. Last week, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) unveiled another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and convert Medicaid into a per capita cap/block grant.

This damaging legislation termed “Graham-Cassidy” has earned significant public exposure and possibly the momentum to secure the necessary 51 votes in the Senate under a special budget reconciliation process that expires on September 30th. Please reach out to Senators Portman and Brown – again – and urge them to oppose this legislation because it will impose deep cuts to Medicaid that will harm the ability of Menorah Park, Montefiore, Jewish Family Service Association and Bellefaire JCB to deliver high quality care to our community’s most vulnerable members.

Time is of the Essence: The FY 2017 budget reconciliation bill allows Senate Republicans to pass an ACA repeal bill with only 51 votes, but this vehicle expires at the end of this month. Senate leadership, therefore, only has until September 30th to pass the bill. Recent reports suggest they are close.

Message:
Please vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy bill. Medicaid is an incredibly important lifeline for the most vulnerable members of our communities. This bill proposes to convert Medicaid to a per capita cap/block grant which will dramatically cut the program and adversely affect our local agencies' ability to carry out their missions. States and philanthropies, such as the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, simply will not be able to make up the losses from these steep cuts.

Please TELEPHONE the Senators at:
Senator Portman: 202-224-3353
Senator Brown: 202-224-2315

Or EMAIL the Senators at:
Senator Portman
Senator Brown

Stephen H. Hoffman
President

Gary L. Gross
Board Chair

Philip M. Cohen
Government Relations Committee Chair

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