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Action Alert - Medicaid Reform - 6/21/17

CALL REP. PETE KING & WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – MEDICAID REFORM
 

Rep. King - LI Office: (516) 541-4225

Rep. King - DC Office: (202) 225-7896

In a Feb 2017 letter, King promised to “work to maintain Medicaid expansion.”
 

ASK:

  1. Is Rep. King concerned about the $880 billion dollar cut to Medicaid in the American Healthcare Act and how it will affect his constituents, particularly the poor, disabled, and elderly? Is Rep. King concerned about further cuts to Medicaid that have been proposed in President Trump’s budget?
     

  2. Rep. King’s office has repeatedly stated that he has negotiated a “more generous” reimbursement rate for the elderly and disabled. What is the reimbursement rate structure and how does it compare to the current federal funding formula?
     

  3. Is Rep. King concerned about the effects of the Collins Amendment on New York’s Medicaid budget and spending? How does Rep. King propose that New York maintain its current level of Medicaid funding? The Collins Amendment will require that New York’s state government to completely reconfigure how it funds Medicaid.
     

  4. The American Healthcare Act has been universally denounced by healthcare provider organizations including the American Medical Association and disability rights organizations such as the Arc as an attack on the rights of Americans with disabilities. Why does the Congressman believe that he knows better than professionals and advocates do when it comes to healthcare given that he has no credentials or experience in that area?

Background:

> The American Healthcare Act contains approximately $880 billion worth of cuts to Medicaid over the next decade. The Trump budget contains an additional $610 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade.

 

> Medicaid is the primary insurer for low income, disabled, and elderly Americans. 2/3 of New Yorkers in nursing homes rely on Medicaid to pay for their services. Half of disabled New Yorkers rely on Medicaid to cover the cost of their care.

 

> Under the Collins Amendment in the American Healthcare Act, New York State would be prohibited from requiring counties outside of the Five Boroughs of New York City to utilize tax revenue to fund Medicaid in addition to state and federal funding. Albany would need to completely revamp the Medicaid funding formula and system for New York. Unless Albany could find a way to replace the lost revenue from county funding such as increasing state level taxes, Medicaid funding and therefore services would be cut.

 

>  Additional information about Medicaid in New York State can be found here. 

 

Write a Letter to the Editor: 

 >Newsday: letters@newsday.com

> Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon, Massapequa Post: acjnews@rcn.com

> Long Island Advance: advletters@optonline.net

> Long Island Herald: sbrinton@liherald.com; jmansmann@liherald.com

> Copiague Weekly: copiagueweekly@aol.com

> Bellmore Merrick Herald: erik.s.hawkins@gmail.com

> Long Islander News: info@longislandergroup.com

> South Bay Neighbors News: editorsb@southbaynews.com

> Islip Bulletin: scnibletter@optonline.net