Thanks to the Super Committee, the Medicaid program – on which over 58 million Americans rely – is more vulnerable to cuts than ever. 49% of Medicaid recipients are children, 25% adults, 10% are older Americans, 15% are disabled, and all are low-income. If people on Medicaid lost their benefits, the results would be greater illness and disability, increased poverty, and even death. We must do something to stop this.

Join us at the My Medicaid Matters rally on Wednesday, September 21st at 12 noon in Washington, D.C. (on the west side of Capitol Hill) to voice your opposition to cuts to Medicaid. Detailed information here.

ADAPT, the disability rights organization that helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act, is calling for people to join them in D.C.. If you can’t make it to D.C., there are solidarity events in California, Kansas, Illinois, Montana, Ohio, and Texas.

If you can make it to the rally in D.C., please let us know by emailing Vanessa@healthcare-now.org. We’d love if you and/or your group joined the single-payer contingent at the rally, and helped us talk to people about the importance of health care as a human right-improving and extending Medicare to all.

4 Comments

  1. annecink on September 20, 2011 at 7:10 am

    “If people on Medicaid LOST THEIR BENEFITS, the results would be greater illness and disability, increased poverty, and even death. ”
    Good grief! Typical union rhetoric hugely overstating the truth. Recipients are not LOSING THEIR BENEFITS! They are reworking how Medicaid pays for services.
    Their may be reductions or changes in benefits. So what? The rest of us, who purchase our own health care plans, are having to accept plans that have skyrocketed in the last two years and they are offering less in benefits.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-19/obama-s-320-billion-in-health-cuts-targets-u-s-drug-purchases.html



    • Tom Wilson on September 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      You may be able to afford it if they raise the cost of your healthcare but if you get $674 like most people on SSI then even a few dollars more hurts deeply. Also some people with disabilities have complex conditions. They need access to good specialists, quality durable medical equipment and to home and community services. Even now doctors and hospitals refuse Medicaid because of low reinbursement rates. We must defend Medicaid until we have a single Payer system.



  2. Vic Anderson on September 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

    To DEMisrepubilkans ALL – You will not seek, and we will not accept
    S.S.ination of our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; if you
    expect another term as our: nation’s president (or) state’s senator
    (or) district’s representative!



  3. Colleen Tomk on October 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    There is a petition on the White House website to support Medicaid for community services. It will only stay up if we can get 5,000 signatures by Oct 28th. We need everyone to sign and ak your family to sign and your friends, post it everywhere but directly ask people to sign it! It is important and we can reach the 5,000 the White House will give an official response and this issue will make it into the public discussion!!
    https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/reduce-costs-expanding-medicaid-funding-home-and-community-based-care-people-disabilities-and/pm8k5Mc0