Wednesday, June 21, 2017

AHCA/NCAL Advocates Encouraged to Contact Senators

Drew Thies

Advocates are encouraged to contact their Senators and emphasize the importance of Medicaid funding for services to care for elderly and disabled Americans. AHCA/NCAL has an advocacy portal as well as online materials that make contacting Senators easy.

The Senate is nearing the completion of drafting a health care reform bill that is expected to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid funding. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week that he expects the text of the bill to be released Thursday June 22nd and would like the Senate to vote on the bill before the week of July 4th.

American Health Care Act passed the House of Representatives in early May. The legislation contained provisions limiting how much money the federal government can spend on Medicaid for certain determined population groups.

Individuals that receive Medicaid funding for long term care services typically need assistance with a majority of activities of daily living. Long stay patients are also more likely to have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. These individuals are extremely vulnerable and cannot afford to have their funding cut off.

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