Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AHCA/NCAL Advocates Encouraged to Contact Their Senators

Drew Thies

AHCA/NCAL is encouraging all its members and advocates to contact their Senators and urge them to protect Medicaid funding as health reform legislation is considered in the upper chamber.

Advocates nationwide were called to action with the message to preserve Medicaid funding long term care services for older Americans and individuals with disabilities. The campaign is ongoing and those interested can contact their Senators directly through the AHCA/NCAL web service.

Senate Republicans are currently working on a plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. The House voted 217-213 earlier this month on their own version of repeal and replace, though the Senate version of the bill is expected to differ.

Central to the reform effort is a working group of 13 Senators, consisting of leadership, key committee heads, more conservative members of the caucus, and Senators from states that expanded Medicaid under the 2010 health care law.

The bill is moving forward on reconciliation instructions, meaning any agreement can move forward with a simple 50-vote majority (Vice President Pence would break a tie).

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