New Health Care Repeal bill threatens Medicaid and IHSS

September 19, 2017

IHSS provider Rose Montano and her daughter Nicolette

Earlier this year UDW and working people across the country stood up and successfully stopped multiple health care repeal bills. We protected IHSS and Medicaid from cuts that would harm our clients and loved ones. The message sent to Congress was millions of voices strong: Protect Medicaid. Don’t cut our care.

Now they need to hear our voices again. Congress is working to pass a federal budget and a new health care repeal legislation that would make even worse cuts to Medicaid and home care in California. The new legislation is being rushed through Congress to beat a September 30 deadline. We must stop it before then.

The new proposal, known as Graham-Cassidy, will make devastating cuts to the overall Medicaid program which partially funds IHSS. In addition, the proposal will allow states to get rid of important consumer protections and essential health benefits and undermine or eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions.  All of this adds up to potentially devastating impacts for disability services and home care in our state.

California stands to lose $35 billion per year, even more than under previous ACA repeal proposals, because Graham-Cassidy deliberately shifts resources from large, densely-populated states that embraced and implemented the ACA, to smaller, more sparsely-populated states that did not. States like California, New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts that were successful in enrolling millions of people in the marketplace and on Medicaid would face disproportionately larger cuts – intentionally and explicitly. For more information on the threats posed by Graham-Cassidy, click here.

Call your members of Congress today 1-866-584-5792 and tell them to VOTE NO on Graham-Cassidy and on any budget or legislation that cuts Medicaid.

We must protect home care and the programs that our clients and loved ones rely on.

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