** Action Alert**
Legislators in the US Senate Could Decide the Fate of Medicaid
As Early As THIS WEEK
News from Washington, DC has come in that our legislators in the US Senate could vote to enact drastic changes to our country's healthcare system THIS WEEK - and possibly even as early as TOMORROW, July 25!
Although it is uncertain which specific plan that will be up for a vote, one thing is certain: All of the proposed bills would drastically cut Medicaid, devastating the support services that people with disabilities rely upon as well as anyone else who hopes to access healthcare and support services in the coming years.
But we can make a difference and SAVE MEDICAID!
All summer long, disability advocates in New Jersey and across the country have raised their voices to fight against these cuts to our healthcare and services. Now, we need to keep up our efforts!
We have to keep calling and emailing our Senators, Cory Booker and Robert Menendez. If you have to call in the evening, you can leave a message and your call will be recorded. If you are non-verbal or have challenges speaking over the phone, you can use a text-to-speech device or have a friend call for you. No matter how you do it, your action is critical right now!
Here's what you can say:
My name is [your full name]. I’m a constituent of Senator [Name], and I live in [your town].
I need Senator [Name] to know that Medicaid is very important to me. My Medicaid provides me with [list what you get from Medicaid – As examples, you might say: physical therapy, caregiver to help dress/bathe/eat, supported employment, medical equipment…].
I don’t know what I would do if my Medicaid was cut or reduced in any way. I might have to move into an institutional setting to receive the care I need since any cuts to Medicaid would make it very hard to get care in the community. I want to live, work, and receive care in my community.
I am a very concerned that Per Capita Caps, which will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid, will mean that I won’t have my Medicaid or get less support through my Medicaid in the future.
Please tell Senator [Name] to protect my Medicaid. Medicaid is my lifeline for living in the community.
US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
US Senator Robert Menendez
Now is the time for us to ACT. If you are able to make a call, send a fax, or write an email, do it today! If you can reach out to family and friends to have them participate, do it today! If you know family, friends, or advocates in other states, and you'd like to encourage them to reach out to their state's senators, do it today!
Remember, our legislators in Washington WORK FOR US! But, they need constant reminders. With your help, we can remind them how much cuts to Medicaid will hurt people with disabilities in New Jersey and all across the country.
Let's get to work!
-NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities