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Tell your members of Congress how important Medicaid is to you and your family. Ask them to oppose any bill or order that would cut or cap Medicaid.

Call the main Capitol line at: (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091 (tty) (You’ll be directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard. This switchboard can direct you to both Senators as well as Representatives.)

If you’re nervous or not sure what to say, get started with this easy script.  If you leave a voicemail, please leave your full street and zip code to ensure your call is tallied.

Easily Navigate the Capitol Switchboard

  1. When you call the main Capitol line you will be sent to an automation. It will tell you to press 1 for your senators or 2 for your representative. Select an option.
  2. Then, it will ask you to enter your zipcode. Enter your zipcode using the buttons on your phone. It will read back what you entered, and ask you to press 1 if it is correct and 2 if it is not. If it is not correct, it will ask you to enter your zipcode again.
  3. If:
    1. you’re calling one of your senators,  you’ll be asked to choose between your two senators by pressing 1 or 2. Select an option.
    2. you’re calling your representative, you’ll be asked to press 1 to confirm. 
  4. From there, the call will go directly to your elected official’s office.
  5. Once you have made contact with the office, you can use the following script:

Easy Calling Script

Hello, this is[Name]. I am a resident of [Town, State] and [I/my child/sister/friend/co-worker etc] is a person with a disability who relies on Medicaid for health care and services to live and participate in the community.

I am asking [Member of Congress’ Name] to vote no on any bill that cuts funding to Medicaid and to commit to protecting Medicaid, Medicare and other critical programs.

Thank you for taking my call!

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address and zip code to ensure your call is tallied]

[Optional Add On]
Personal stories are the most effective form of advocacy. Talk about why is Medicaid important to you. 

  • If you or a family member are on Medicaid (including a waiver), what are the most important services to you? What difference has that made in yours and/or your family members lives?
    • Access to critical healthcare or therapies
    • Ability to receive in-home supports, residential supports or live independently
    • Ability to work or go to a day program (so your family can work)
  • What was your and/or your family members lives like before receiving Medicaid services?
  • Are you or a family member on a waitlist for Medicaid services? How would getting services make a difference in your lives?

 

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Additional Talking Points

  1. 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for critical services that help them live and participate in their community.
    • Many people with disabilities are unaware that the services they receive are part of Medicaid. Services funded through Medicaid may be called something else in your state. If you’re a person with a disability and you receive any community-based support, its very likely through Medicaid.
    • Eg: nursing and personal care services, specialized therapies, intensive mental health services, special education services, employment supports, and other needed services that are unavailable through private insurance.
  2. Cuts to Medicaid would force states to reduce services, cut optional services, restrict eligibility, and increase waiting lists.
  3. The home and community based services (HCBS) on which people with disabilities rely to live and participate in their communities are especially at risk because they are optional and could be completely eliminated.
  4. People with disabilities will be disproportionally harmed by Medicaid cuts. Services and supports for people with disabilities makes up a significant part of state Medicaid budgets due to their long term care needs.
  5. Tell your member of Congress to oppose any cuts to Medicaid, Medicare or other programs.
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Thank you! Every Call Matters

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Get involved! 

You can help protect Medicaid by telling  your Members of Congress to:

Call your Members of Congress:

  1. Call the Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224-3121(voice) or (202) 224-3091(tty) and ask to be connected to your senators or representatives.
  2. You can use this easy tool to find your members of Congress.
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Additional Resources

You can find direct contact information for your individual legislators below:

  • your Senators and Representatives here
  • your governor here
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