Call: the main Capitol line at: (202) 224-3121 (You’ll be directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard who can direct you to both of your senators.)
What to Say
Hello, this is [Name]. I’m 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 community support.
All of Congress’ healthcare bills proposed devastating cuts to Medicaid. [If your members of Congress voted NO, thank them. If your members of Congress voted YES, tell them how disappointed you are in their vote and ask them to vote NO on any future bill that would cut Medicaid. If you are not sure how your members voted, check here.]
I am concerned that Congress will again try to cut Medicaid through another healthcare bill, in the budget, or in tax reform. This cannot happen.
11 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for critical services that help them live and participate in their community. People with disabilities will be disproportionally harmed by Medicaid cuts. They make up about 14% of Medicaid participants but account for 40% the cost. The home and community based services (HCBS) on which people with disabilities rely are especially at risk because they are optional and could be completely eliminated.
People with disabilities and their allies oppose any bill — be it a healthcare bill, the budget, or tax reform — that cuts or caps Medicaid. Please vote no to or any bill that caps or cuts Medicaid, cuts healthcare for people with disabilities, and does not protect people with pre-existing conditions.
Please pass my concerns along to [Representative’s Name]. 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 member’s 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 member’s 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?