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Minnesota stands to lose $16 billion in federal funding for Medicaid, CHIP, and financial assistance for marketplace coverage through the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). Medicaid provides 219, 718 people with disabilities in Minnesota with access to critical care that helps them live independently.

To compensate for the cuts under the AHCA, Minnesota would have to raise taxes or cut other parts of its budget (like education) by $12 billion over ten years to maintain its current medical assistance, and starting in 2020 would have to spend 5 times more than it does under current law to continue its Medicaid expansion. 

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

 The numbers are in, the AHCA will cost the State of Minnesota more than $16,000,ooo,000. Swaying your representatives to oppose AHCA is crucial, please contact them and encourage your friends and family to join you. Minnesota will be uniquely, dramatically, and negatively affected by the AHCA. Minnesota’s uninsured rate dropped by 46% from 2013 to 2015 (from 8.3% to 4.5%)— ranking 5th lowest among states. If AHCA passes the Senate, this important progress will be lost. Your Minnesotan representatives could hold the key to defeating it.

Your Representatives

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

Key messages:

  • Do NOT support the American Health Care Act.  
  • 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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