For those of us in Illinois, that means phone calls to both Senators Durbin and Duckworth. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, ask for their offices, and relay this message:
"Thank you for your support of Medicaid, which as you know, is crucial to healthcare access and community living for Illinoisans with disabilities. Please oppose any caps, cuts, or changes to Medicaid and Medicaid expansion in the American Health Care Act."
Calls are needed more than anything else right now, and there's one more call we're asking you to make today. The following is from our partners in the Protect Our Care coalition:
"Today, Protect Our Care Illinois is joining advocates around the country for a national call in day to oppose Medicaid cuts and caps in the American Health Care Act (AHCA)! Call Gov. Bruce Rauner at 312-814-2121 and demand that he publicly oppose the AHCA, which will cost Illinois billions of dollars in Medicaid funding and thousands of jobs.
Background: Senate Republicans are working behind closed doors on their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Like the House bill, the "revamped" AHCA would throw millions off of health care and gut Medicaid, harming older Americans, kids and their families, people with disabilities, and those seeking treatment for substance use disorders.
Why should you care?
Illinois will be among those hit the hardest by the Medicaid cuts. Because of our state's historically low spending on Medicaid enrollees, putting a cap on our federal funding is an especially bad deal for Illinois. If the Medicaid per capita cap went into effect, Illinois would have to find savings in our program to make up for the loss of funding. This means:
• Rationing care for low-income people, including children with special health care needs and frail seniors;
• Defunding efforts to address public health crises like the opioid epidemic;
• Jeopardizing the health coverage of veterans - 1 out of 10 veterans depend on Medicaid for coverage; and
• Harming communities of color who, because of a long history of oppression and discrimination, face persistent health disparities.
Call Governor Rauner at (312) 814-2121 today!"
So, there you have it. Three phone calls to make today, so that people with disabilities relying on Medicaid for their health and independence have a chance to lead the lives of their choice tomorrow.