As you have probably heard, the US Senate is planning to move forward to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) before they recess for the 4th of July holiday. A draft of the bill was issued this morning and is available here: https://www.budget.senate.gov/bettercare.
The Senate Process:
There are no scheduled Committee hearings or mark-up of the bill. We are also still waiting on a score from the Congressional Budget Office, but now that the text of the bill is available, it should be expected that the debate and vote in the Senate will begin next week, possibly as early as Wednesday.
How You Can Help:
If you or your family benefit from the Affordable Care Act or the Medicaid program, call or visit the local or D.C. offices of your US Senators or send messages by e-mail at our Grassroots Action Center. Every Senate office can be reached at 202-224-3121.
The most effective advocacy is people showing up in-person or sending photos and a two to three paragraph story of how the ACA and/or Medicaid has helped them. Every Senate office needs to hear from constituents about why the ACA and Medicaid provide essential health care and other critical supports to people with disabilities and their families.
Tell your Senator(s):
Medicaid is a partnership between the federal and state governments and under a per capita cap, the federal government would set a limit on how much to reimburse states based on enrollment in the Medicaid program. Unlike current law, funding would not be based on the actual cost of providing services. Like the block grants also proposed, the intent of the per capita caps is to restructure the program and save money for the federal government, which will inevitably lead to cuts in funding in the states. The negative impact for Medicaid recipients could include: