Talking Points

Update: June 26, 2020

CPR has submitted comments in opposition to Oklahoma’s application to create a Medicaid expansion limited by work requirements, premiums, a per capita cap on federal Medicaid funding, and other harmful provisions, which is the first 1115 waiver application submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval using the Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO) guidance. Approval of this proposal by CMS would set a dangerous precedent that undermines the goals of the Medicaid program.

Comments are due June 27, 2020 and can be submitted through online portals developed by the Arc or NHeLP (for individuals and for advocates) or through CMS’ website here.

You can find more information on CMS’ HAO guidance on our webpage and for more on what it would mean for disabled people, check out our fact sheet.

  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.