February 19, 2017

ACA and Medicaid Expansion Alert

The future of our Medicaid funding faces its greatest threat in years. Congress is considering reforms that would further challenge our ability to provide quality care to our poorest residents. These proposals could dramatically reduce funding to the states and eliminate supplemental funding mechanisms.

We rarely ask every member of our entire, nationwide database to get in touch with Congress on an issue. This is one of those times. This is too important.   

Here is a statement on the potential repeal of Medicaid Expansion from the Catholic Health Association–United States.  Here is a statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Affordable Care Act.

You are the frontline on the fight for Medicaid. We need you to be part of our response.

As a member of our advocate database, we don’t need to tell you how important Medicaid is when it comes to taking care of some of America’s oldest and most frail individuals. Lawmakers, unfortunately, rarely understand this reality and we need constituents like you to weigh in with them on the vast importance of this program to the buildings we work in and the patients we serve.

Most reform proposals in the past have been block grants or per capita caps. These, in part, eliminate the open ended nature of the Medicaid program and instead provide states with a set amount of money each year. One proposal that passed the House last year, but stalled in the Senate would have eventually provided 30% less funding to states.  We all know that we cannot take any more cuts, let alone one approaching that magnitude.

Please send a message to your Senators and Representatives imploring them to preserve Medicaid funding for those who need it most. Share the CHA USA statement and or the USCCB statement.