Advocacy - Legislative Updates

Medicaid in Jeopardy! Let your voice be heard!

Join others this Thursday, June 15th, for a Statewide Call-in Day to Protect Medicaid. Senator Johnson says he is not hearing from his constituents regarding information below. It's time to change that! If Medicaid is important to you take part in the call-in day this Thursday. And if you get this Friday or later, still take the time to call Senator Johnson.

Members of the U.S. Senate are working behind closed doors on their own version of American Health Care Act (AHCA). The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on the AHCA within the next two weeks. There is a lot at stake for Wisconsin in this vote. The AHCA cuts federal Medicaid funding by 25% over 10 years and eliminates key health care protections for children and adults with disabilities. Estimates indicate Wisconsin could lose $1 billion in funding and put many essential programs and supports for children/adults with disabilities and seniors at risk.

There have been no public hearings held on these major proposed changes. Join us on June 15 to let the Senate know that Wisconsinites don't support the AHCA. These significant cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children's waiver, BadgerCare, mental health programs like CCS, Katie Beckett, SeniorCare, autism services, therapies like OT, PT and Speech, personal care, supports provided in schools and even Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Many of these are “optional services" in Medicaid and are at significant risk of being cut or eliminated.

The Senate is also debating:

  • Even bigger cuts to Medicaid,
  • Weakening protections for people with disabilities and other pre-existing conditions by allowing states to charge them more for health care,
  • Allowing states to stop providing Essential Health Benefits like habilitative/rehabilitative services and devices; mental health services and prescription drug coverage.

On June 15, join us in doing these four things:
1. Call Senator Ron Johnson at 1-866- 426-2631 and Senator Tammy Baldwin at 1-800-247-5645 and ask them to vote NO on the American Health Care act because it:

  • Includes devastating cuts to Medicaid that will mean cuts to Wisconsin programs that children and adults with disabilities need.
  • Weakens protections for people with disabilities and other pre-existing conditions by allowing states to charge them more for health care.
  • Allows states to stop providing Essential Health Benefits like habilitative/rehabilitative services and devices; mental health services and prescription drug,
  • Is being debated behind closed doors with no public input.

2. Call Governor Walker: 608-266-1212 and tell him the AHCA will hurt Wisconsinites.

3. Call your local radio/TV stations and ask to be interviewed about how the health care reform bill hurts children and adults with disabilities.

4. Tell two of your friends what cuts to Medicaid would mean for you and your family. Ask them to call their two U.S. Senators!