In recent discussions about the controversial Republican budget proposal, the focus seems to be the public’s strong opposition to the proposed cuts to the Medicare program. Although Medicare is incredibly vital to the American people, it’s unfortunate that Medicaid, the program designed to provide coverageto the most vulnerable Americans, has been left out of the discussion. But that’s changing: 41 Democratic Senators are presenting a united front against proposed attacks on Medicaid.
We are a huge and diverse country, filled with people of all colors, shapes, and sizes. We have wildly divergent backgrounds and interests. But there are some things nearly everyone in America likes:
This blog was written by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and originally featured on CNN.
July 5, 2000, was going to be a magical day as my husband and I traveled to New York City for my scheduled C-section in great anticipation of welcoming the newest member of our family. Our 2-year-old son, Spencer, was going to be a big brother.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.