Call your federal representative today at 1-866-584-5792 and tell them to VOTE NO on any budget or legislation that cuts Medicaid.
How Medicaid Cuts and Caps Hurt California
Through a state-federal funding partnership, Medicaid has provided vital services to people with disabilities, the elderly, children, families, and pregnant people for the last 50 years. The health care repeal bill, otherwise known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would cut hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding for Medicaid through drastic changes that have devastating impacts.
- Jeopardizing care for children, seniors, and adults with disabilities by cutting $45 billion of federal funding for California over a ten-year period. California would be forced to raise taxes or severely cut MediCal services and eligibility and programs like IHSS.
- $400 million in guaranteed cuts to IHSS, through the elimination of the Community First Choice Option. This would be a nearly 9% reduction in services and hours of care for seniors and people with disabilities.
- Per capita caps on Medicaid, which means the amount California can spend on a given person is capped at a certain amount, regardless of need. This also means California would not have the flexibility to meet demographic changes, like a rise in seniors’ Medicaid costs as they age, or other changing health care needs.
- Reduced funding for Medicare, an unfair age tax on the elderly, and premiums nine times higher than what seniors currently pay under Obamacare in order to give tax breaks to pharmaceutical companies.
- Eliminating protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, raising premiums and making health care inaccessible for many Californians.
- Cutting funding for California’s other priority health initiatives, like critical early childhood and education services, special education, school-based health care services, reproductive care and family planning services, treatment for people with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, special programs for delivering care to California’s rural residents, and more.
- Blowing a hole in California’s state budget, 5% of which is comprised of federal funding. This means less money for schools, transportation, workforce development, and public safety.
It’s simple: our lawmakers must VOTE NO on the American Health Care Act and protect California from harmful cuts.