Tuesday, January 24, 2006

National (Medicaid) Call-In Week

HIV Medicaid/Medicare Working Group Alert

Last month, the House of Representatives voted for a budget bill that includes $4.8 billion in Medicaid cuts. The vote happened in the middle of the night, after having only a few hours to read the nearly 800-page bill. A few days later, Vice-President Cheney cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

Because the Senate made some small changes to the bill, it must go back to the House of Representatives for a vote on February 1st. This gives us one more opportunity to tell our Representatives to vote NO on this mean-spirited attack on people who depend on Medicaid for lifesaving healthcare and treatment.

Join healthcare and low-income advocates around the country and help flood Congress with calls!

Take Action:

Starting January 23rd, call your U.S. Representative and tell whoever answers the phone: "My name is __________ and I live in (your town/city). I urge Representative (name) to vote NO on the budget bill. Cuts to Medicaid is a life or death issue for people with HIV and other vulnerable people."

You can call your Representative toll-free at 800-426-8073. You will get the Capitol switchboard. Ask to be connected to your Representative's office.

Please forward this Alert to your families, friends, and networks, and ask them to take action!

The HIV Medicaid/Medicare Working Group is a national coalition of advocates working to protect and expand Medicaid and Medicare for people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information about the working group, please write to leichou AT aol.com.

For more information about this Alert, contact:
Ryan Clary
Senior Policy Advocate
Project Inform
205-13th Street #2001
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-558-8669 x224
415-558-0684 fax
rclary AT projectinform.org

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