Urgent Action Alert: Call Your Member of Congress Today to Stop Dangerous Medicaid Cuts!
November 2, 2005
BackgroundNext week, The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on the Federal Budget Reconciliation Package. This package includes severe cuts to the Medicaid program -- changes that will cause poor and disabled Americans living with AIDS to lose their medications and healthcare.
Under the current proposal, state Medicaid programs will be allowed to charge premiums, deductibles, and co-pays, reduce coverage for drugs and doctor visits, deny treatment and care, and force people off of the program if they are unable to pay. These cuts will affect vulnerable people with AIDS living on fixed disability incomes the most, including those needing multiple prescriptions or dealing with long-term illnesses.
Medicaid is a popular healthcare program covering over 200,000 low income and disabled people with AIDS. These proposed cuts are controversial and can be stopped!
Action NeededYour Member of the House of Representatives needs to hear from you that the proposed Medicaid cuts threaten the health of people living with AIDS. Please call his or her office TODAY and leave the following message:
"My name is ______ and I'm a constituent of Congressman/Congresswoman _________. I'm calling to ask him/her not to use the lives of Americans living with AIDS to balance the budget. Making poor and disabled people pay more for Medicaid and limiting their access to lifesaving drugs and medical care is cruel. Please vote NO on the budget reconciliation package.
To find out your House Member's contact info, go to www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm and type in your address.
Or you can call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at 1-877-762-8762 and ask to speak to your House Member.
This article was provided by San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Visit San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.