Feb. 24, 2017: IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
U.S. Congress slated to introduce significant cuts to Medicaid that will affect individuals with disabilities. If you oppose Medicaid cuts, contact your legislators.
At the beginning of next week (Feb. 27-Mar. 3), the United States House of Representatives is anticipated to introduce a plan to drastically reduce Medicaid funding to states as part of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare).
In Minnesota, Medicaid is known as Medical Assistance (MA), and is a critical mechanism that ensures healthcare coverage and services for people with disabilities of all ages, the elderly, children, and low-income adults.
Currently, federal Medicaid funding provides an open-ended commitment to help states cover Medicaid costs for all eligible individuals. However, congressional leaders have stated that they are looking at capping individual reimbursements to a fixed amount per person, or offer block grants to states that could potentially not cover the necessary expenses. Either approach would result in a devastating cut in Medicaid spending at the federal level, which would force Minnesota to cover the costs of insuring the most vulnerable individuals from the state budget. Without an increase in state taxes to cover these costs, the likely result is more limited access to needed services and longer waiting lists.