CALL YOUR SENATOR BEFORE MARCH 7 -- OR WE MAY LOSE MEDICAID FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH AIDS AND HIV
- CALL YOUR SENATOR BEFORE MARCH 7 -- OR WE MAY LOSE MEDICAID FOR
PEOPLE LIVING WITH AIDS AND HIV
President Bush's proposed FY 2005-06 federal budget includes
$60 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next ten years, including
billions in direct cuts to case management programs that serve
thousands of Americans living with AIDS and HIV.
Cuts this big will translate straight into severe benefit and
eligibility cuts at the state level. States are already cutting
benefits and services to poor and disabled Americans. They will
make even more severe cuts to individual beneficiaries and
front-line service providers if Congress approves the Bush
Cuts this big could mean the end of Medicaid as we know it.
Congress could impose caps that would dismantle the entitlement
structure that protects consumers, and ensures comprehensive and
needed care is provided.
On March 7, the Senate and House Budget Committees will begin
work on a budget resolution that could protect Medicaid or
destroy it with huge funding cuts.
We have got to put the heat on Congress, especially our
senators, to get them to block any cuts or caps to Medicaid
Call your senators this week toll free at: (877) 762-8762, and
give them a simple message:
"I am calling to urge you to oppose a budget resolution that
contains any cuts or caps to the Medicaid program. Medicaid is
the single largest source of funding for HIV/AIDS care in
America, and hundreds of thousands of people living with AIDS
and HIV depend on it. Comprehensive, guaranteed health care
through Medicaid is a life-and-death issue for Americans living
with AIDS and HIV, and we oppose any attempts to weaken
Medicaid. Do not let Medicaid cuts into the budget resolution."
If you need help finding the names of your senators, go to
The HIV Medicaid/Medicare Working Group is a national coalition
of advocates working to protect and expand Medicaid and Medicare
for people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information about the
working group, email: theaccessproject@....
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