Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Action Alert: Stop Dangerous Medicaid Cuts

HIV Medicaid & Medicare Workgroup Action Alert

Call your U.S. House of Representative member today to stop dangerous Medicaid cuts

Ask them to vote NO on the budget reconciliation package.

Next week, The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on the federal budget reconciliation package. This package contains severe cuts to the Medicaid program, changes that will force poor and disabled Americans living with AIDS to lose their medications and healthcare. Under this proposal, state Medicaid programs will be allowed to charge premiums, deductibles, and co-pays, reduce coverage of drugs and doctor visits, deny treatment and care, and force people off the program if they are unable to pay. These cuts will affect vulnerable PWAs living on fixed disability incomes the most, including those needing multiple prescriptions or dealing with long-term illnesses.

Medicaid is a popular healthcare program covering over 230,000 low income and disabled PWAs. These cuts are controversial and can be stopped, your House member needs to hear from you that these cuts are deadly to People living with AIDS.

Sample script:

"My name is ______ and I'm a constituent of Congressman/Congresswoman _________. I'm calling to ask him/her not to use the lives of Americans living with AIDS to balance the budget. Making poor and disabled people pay more for Medicaid and limiting their access to lifesaving drugs and medical care is cruel. Please vote NO on the budget reconciliation package."

To find out your House Member's contact info, go to http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm and type in your address.

Or you can call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at 1-877-762-8762 and ask to speak to your House Member.

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