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NETWORK ACTION ALERT June 27, 2017


Action Alerts are shared through our networks via the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging www.n4a.org, the National Community Action Partnership www.communityactionpartnership.com & National Community Action Foundation www.ncaf.org

You’ve told us you care about community action issues and believe in helping people to be independent and advocating for those who can’t.

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SENATE DELAYS HEALTH CARE VOTE BUT ACTION STILL NEEDED TO #SaveMedicaid

In breaking news from Washington this afternoon, Senate Leadership has delayed an expected vote on the Senate’s health care reform proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), until after the July 4th recess.

Advocates MUST weigh in over the July 4 recess against the devastating cuts to Medicaid in the Senate and House bills.
 
Action is still needed to demand that lawmakers reject any health care reform effort that would increase costs, decrease coverage and weaken Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults. As written, both the House and Senate bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructure the Medicaid program would undermine health care coverage and LTSS support for older adults.

While the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) remains opposed to many of the provisions in the AHCA, we are extremely concerned about the move to restructure Medicaid. To be clear, the Medicaid cuts and caps that passed the House, which we believe the Senate is considering, apply to ALL of Medicaid, not just the ACA Medicaid expansion population. This means that the in-home and nursing home care provided to millions of vulnerable older adults could be in jeopardy. The House-passed bill would pose the largest threat to Medicaid since the program’s inception in 1965. It makes no sense to undermine the only long-term care option available to most Americans just as our country undergoes a transformational demographic shift to an aging nation.

NWICA, in partnership with n4a, is asking all those concerned about aging programs around the country to reach out to your Senators over the July 4 recess to share your concerns about what Medicaid cuts would mean for older adults and caregivers that you serve. While nearly two-thirds of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are involved in delivering Medicaid long-term care in their communities, even if your agency is not involved in the Medicaid program, please tell your Senators how undermining Medicaid long-term care services could put pressure on Older Americans Act and other aging programs in your community!

Please tell your Senators how undermining Medicaid long-term care services could put pressure on Older Americans Act and other aging programs in your community. Additionally, in order to present a unified front, please consider using the hashtag #SaveMedicaid…now is the time for broad action.


HOW TO REACH YOUR LEGISLATORS
Call your Representative's DC or district offices. Phone lines are busy these days, but keep trying-calls get Members' attention better than an email.

The Capitol Switchboard is 202.224.3121 to reach DC offices.
United States Senators represent the entire state, Indiana’s senators are: Joe Donnelly (202) 224-4814 https://www.donnelly.senate.gov/ and
Todd Young (202) 224-5623 https://www.young.senate.gov/ .