From the ACLU of Utah:
Our local allies in the disability rights community and advocates for women have shared with us some serious concerns related to the new health care proposals coming out of Washington.
The ACLU believes strongly in equal treatment and protection of all people by their government. We don’t want laws that cover people equally, to be rolled back so that certain groups are left exposed where other groups are protected. That is why the ACLU has sided with the federal government in the past, before the U.S. Supreme Court, to protect contraception benefits and other medical benefits covered under the Affordable Care Act.
And that is why we are sharing this information with you now. Congress is preparing to vote on significant cuts to the Medicaid program, as part of proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act. One of those significant cuts is a “per capita cap” on enrollment in Medicaid. This would hurt specific traditionally protected groups in Utah, specifically women and people with disabilities.
Medicaid is a jointly funded program. In Utah, about 70% of all Medicaid services are paid for by the federal government. Under the proposed per capita cap, the federal government would set a limit based on enrollment in the Medicaid program. Under current law, funding is based on the actual cost of services. Per capita caps will inevitably force states to cut funding or pass along cost to consumers.
Additionally, the proposed cuts to Medicaid will likely force the State to cut services. This would mean the loss of critical services such as pregnancy services, mental health services and prescription drug services. Support from Medicaid allows many people with disabilities to live fulfilling lives with autonomy unimaginable just decades ago.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call your two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative TODAY to tell them that you do not support cuts to Medicaid that hurt women, people with disabilities and other groups with unique needs that have been historically ignored. Be sure to say that you are a constituent (if you leave a message, include your name and address to ensure your call gets counted). Explain how you will be impacted by these cuts to Medicaid personally or how a family member will be impacted, etc.
Contact info for our Members of Congress
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (UT)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
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