The Senate is scheduled to vote this month on health care reform that could end Medicaid as we know it by converting it to a per capita cap or block grant. Proposals under consideration would cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.
Under this proposal, every state would lose federal funding, forcing states to cut back on services for seniors and people with disabilities covered by Medicaid as well as reimbursement to providers.
LeadingAge strongly opposes these changes to Medicaid. We urge Congress to protect Medicaid and ensure that older adults have access to the essential long-term services and supports they need.
It is critical that your Senators hear from you now!
How you can help
- Send an email to your Senators using our template. Fill out the form to the right.
- Call your Senators TODAY at 866-460-6413. We’ve set up this toll-free number to help connect you directly to your Senators’ offices.
- Share this information with your residents and suggest that they call as well. The proposed changes will directly impact them.
- Forward this action alert to your network.
Steps for calling your lawmakers
- Dial this toll-free number, 866-460-6413. You will be prompted to enter your zip code to get connected to your Senators. Feel free to use the sample script below.
- Leave a message with the staff person who answers the phone.
- After talking with the staff person, do not hang up. Allow the staff person to hang up, and the automated system will then connect you to your other Senator.
Sample phone script
“My name is ___ and I am a constituent. I am calling to urge the Senator to oppose health care legislation that would fundamentally change Medicaid’s financing structure. I oppose per capita caps and block grants because they would hurt many people and families who need long-term services and supports.
70% of people who turn 75 will, at some point, need long-term services and supports, and Medicaid is the largest payer.
Please oppose changing Medicaid to per capita caps when our senior population is rapidly growing. It is the wrong policy at the wrong time.”
As your constituent, I write to urge you to oppose health care legislation that would fundamentally change Medicaid’s financing structure by converting it to per capita caps or block grants. Such changes would hurt people and families who need long-term services and supports.
Medicaid has become the default payer for long-term services and supports because there are no significant alternative sources of payment other than out-of-pocket. People in need of long term care are often the oldest and frailest Americans, many with complex health conditions. They have few options and very few can pay for these services on their own. Medicaid is essential to enabling older Americans to live out their later years with dignity and support.
Please oppose changing Medicaid to block grants or per capita caps when our senior population is rapidly growing. It is the wrong policy at the wrong time.
As legislation on health and budget issues is developed, please support the present structure and financing of Medicaid as well as its expansion.