Mary has a little lamb, but will she have health coverage?
Across the country, some 30 million children rely on Medicaid and CHIP for access to basic health care services.
But, anti-health care Republicans in Congress are working on a bill that would let states eliminate health coverage for children—potentially costing hundreds of thousands of kids their access to affordable health care. And what’s more, under this irresponsible plan, much of this funding would then be used by states to give unnecessary tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.
Don’t let the House Republican leadership put millions of kids at risk to fund tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.
Send a message to Republican leaders and ask Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Eric Cantor why they’re working against America’s children.
As a strong supporter of America’s children, I am writing because I strongly disagree with the House Republican plan (H.R. 1683), which would eliminate the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement that ensures that states are preserving health coverage for those who need it most.
If this plan moves forward, large numbers of low-income children could lose Medicaid and CHIP coverage, reversing the progress that has been made over the last decade in significantly reducing the ranks of uninsured children.
Additionally, repealing the MOE provision would be harmful to seniors, eliminating protections that prevent new restrictions on eligibility for nursing home care or home- and community-based services, such as increasing the level of impairment needed before someone can qualify for these services, or by capping or freezing enrollment in programs providing home- and community-based services.
Lastly, this plan will have a major negative impact on our state’s economy. Undoing the MOE provision and causing many to lose their insurance would further reduce demand for goods and services in state economies that continue to operate far below capacity due to inadequate demand. It would result in the loss of thousands of jobs that would have been created by the lost Medicaid spending.
At a time when we are still recovering from the economic recession, Americans want solutions that will help those who are most vulnerable, not dangerous politicking that will hurt consumers. I urge Congress to reject this irresponsible plan and focus on real solutions that will make a difference for American families.
Thank you for your time,
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