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Election Resources for Protecting Medicaid in Minnesota

Minnesota Elections Calendar – find out where the candidates are and ask them how they will protect Medicaid.

This Is Medicaid – We Believe

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Medicaid reporting requirements, wrong for Minnesota

Scrappy Medicaid coalition derailed ill-considered health reform

154 Minnesota organizations oppose Medicaid Reporting Requirements-Logo_Final_5_16_18

New Reporting Requirements Data – March 2018

Costly and complex, reporting requirements create barriers to healthcare – fact sheet, March 2018

Governor Mark Dayton letter to oppose Medicaid work reporting requirements – March 2018

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Updates for Medicaid action in Minnesota:

 

'This Is Medicaid' Supporting Organizations

AARP Minnesota

Access Press

Allina Health

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Heart Association

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

AspireMN

ARRM

Care Providers

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Catholic Health Association

Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota

Children’s Minnesota

Clare Housing

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Hammer Residences, Inc.

Hennepin County Medical Center

Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas

Leading Age Minnesota

Legal Services Advocacy Project

Living Well Disability Services

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Minnesota AIDS Project

Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers

Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs

Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

Minnesota Budget Project

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Minnesota Elder Justice Center

Minnesota Family and Advocate Coalition

Minnesota Health Care Safety Net Coalition

Minnesota Hospital Association

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Minnesota Social Service Association

NAMI Minnesota

Portico Healthnet

Rare Action Network of Minnesota

St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development

The Arc of Minnesota

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

Volunteers of America of Minnesota and Wisconsin

 

Medicaid is a lifesaver. Help us preserve the promise of Medicaid. Call your Senator today: 202-224-3121

Medicaid provides 219, 718 people with disabilities in Minnesota with access to critical care that helps them live independently.

If you care about people with disabilities – if you or someone you love is supported by Medicaid, please take action NOW

You matter, your story about Medicaid is critical, and your call makes a difference. 

It is absolutely essential to make the case to your representatives Franken, Klobuchar, and Dayton, about the impact of the Medicaid per capita caps on community services and supports for individuals with disabilities.

Please, whether you’re a lifelong activist or haven’t voted in years – take five minutes today to help defend essential services for people with disabilities.

Social Media: let the world know your story with @ThisIsMedicaid

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.

The Senate is considering a bill, the Graham-Cassidy bill, that proposes devastating cuts to Medicaid.  

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.

I am asking [Representative] to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill, or any other bill that cuts Medicaid, because of its devastating impact on people with disabilities.  Please tell [Representative] to instead work in a bi-partisan manner to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

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?

Your Representatives

(202) 224-5641
309 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
 
Beth Wikler
Health Policy Adviser
beth_wikler@franken.senate.gov
202-224-5641
 
(202) 224-3244
302 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
 
Susie Nanney
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow
202-224-3244
 
Legislative Assistant
jordan_grossman@klobuchar.senate.gov
202-224-3244
 
651-201-3400
130 State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
 

Key messages:

  • Do NOT support the Graham-Cassidy Bill.  
  • Do NOT allow Medicaid to be gutted.  Per Capita Caps would decimate the program on which people with disabilities and seniors rely for critical healthcare and community services.  
  • Do NOT allow states to opt out of requiring health plans to cover basic health care and keep it affordable for people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities.

Learn More About the Impact of the AHCA on Minnesotans:

Minnesota PDF – Info on the impact in Minnesota. 

BCRA Two-Page Overview – Proposed Federal Changes to Health Care The U.S. Senate Health Care Bill and the Medicaid Program in Minnesota

Four-page Analysis of BCRA – A Policy Brief: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 and Minnesota’s Public Health Care Programs

Letter from Comm Piper to delegation re BCRA

 ‘This Is Medicaid: A 52-year promise to Americans who need care’ – Power Point presentation”

Minnesota Harmed By Medicaid Caps (Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NHeLP)

Defending Health Care in 2017: What is at Stake for Minnesota (Families USA)

Medicaid Facts Minnesota (Children’s Hospitals Association)

Medicaid in Minnesota (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Medicaid Capped Funding: Findings and Implications for Alaska (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

House Republican Health Plan Would Shift $12 billion in Medicaid Costs to Minnesota (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Reports on State Impact

State Medicaid Financing Fact Sheets (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

The Impact of Medicaid Cuts on People with Disabilities: State-by-State Breakdown (Center for American Progress)

State Variation in Medicaid Per Enrollee Spending for Seniors and People with Disabilities  (Kaiser Family Foundation)

The Impact of Per Capita Caps on Federal and State Medicaid Spending (Urban Institute)

State Medicaid Financing Fact Sheets

Thank you all for your care and concern for all of our Minnesota neighbors!

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