At the eleventh hour, Congress came up with a deal to avoid defaulting on our national debt. That deal ties raising the debt ceiling to a two-part deficit reduction plan. In the first round of the deal’s deficit reduction, which included $1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, Medicaid was spared from any cuts. However, the fight to protect Medicaid is far from over. As part of the debt agreement, a “super committee” of 12 members of Congress is charged with coming up with a plan by the end of November that will reduce the deficit by an additional $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.
Wednesday, as part of joint campaign to protect Medicaid from budget cuts, Families USA and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) co-released an NCLR report that underscored Medicaid's critical role in ensuring access to health care for Latinos.
As our leaders in Washington continue to debate how to best address the national deficit, let's take a moment to consider what is at stake when the Republican leadership pushes for deep cuts in Medicaid.
Sometimes you see a story that is so touching, so heartbreaking, that you simply have to share it. Last week, our friends at PICO sent out an email sharing the story of Marlene Kahn, an advocate from Missouri who made a touching sacrifice to defend health care rights for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
Please read Marlene's story and get involved in the fight to protect this critically important program.
On Tuesday, hundreds of patients, families, and advocates came to D.C. from across the country in buses, planes, and trains with one message for Congress: Medicaid matters! I stood with people who had travelled hours and waited in the 100-degree heat just to get inside the Senate building for a rally to let Congress know that Medicaid not only affects the federal budget, but it also affects children, seniors, those with disabilities, and low-income families - and is often the difference between life and death.
Rick Santorum, a former U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, wants to be the Republican nominee to run against President Obama next year. Unfortunately for him, he’s also embroiled in a health care scandal—this one involving Medicaid fraud, abuse of patients, and illegal kickbacks to doctors.
Just when you think that all the possible variations of Medicaid cuts have been laid out—straight cuts, spending caps, converting Medicaid to a block grant—something new pops up. This time it’s an idea from the Administration, and it isn’t a good one: It’s what is known as a “blended FMAP.” Yet another acronym in a sea of them, this one is very important to Medicaid—FMAP stands for the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, the share of Medicaid costs paid by the federal government.
Weeks before the early August deadline to negotiate a deficit reduction package in Washington, and in the midst of state struggles to balance their budgets, a landmark study was released today that unequivocally demonstrates the value of the Medicaid program.
For the past several months, Republican budget plan after Republican budget plan has practically made a sport out of attempting to gut the Medicaid program.
They’ve gone out on a limb to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest among us, all while undermining programs that help millions of Americans every single day.
Consumer advocacy groups like Families USA have fought tooth and nail against these cuts because we recognize that Medicaid is a vital program for those who would otherwise not have access to affordable health care.
Medicaid is an essential health care program that provides nursing home and other long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as health coverage for low-income children and families. What many don’t realize is that Medicaid is also a major driver of economic growth through federal funding to state economies, stimulating business activity and generating jobs.