Please call your representative and ask them to vote no on the AHCA today!
Urgent - House Vote Today: Call Congress to Stop Medicaid Cuts and Health Care Repeal
The vote has been scheduled for today - people's health, services and lives are at stake! Congress is rushing to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act and to partially pay for it by capping the federal payment and making drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. The level of cuts over time would decimate the Medicaid program. Overnight, a provision was added to repeal the essential health benefits (EHB). This will make a bad bill even worse. EHBs include hospitalization, mental health and substance abuse disorder services including behavioral health treatment, and rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, to name a few. And it effectively repeals protection against lifetime and annual caps, and it will make it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to find adequate health insurance. When will this happen? The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote TODAY. There is still a chance to stop this in the House. The Senate could vote on the House bill as early as next week. The new bill, called the American Health Care Act, includes an $880 billion cut to Medicaid over the next decade. According to the Congressional Budget Office it will result in 24 million people without health insurance by 2026. This includes 14 million fewer people enrolled in Medicaid.
What to Say:
• Do NOT support repeal of the ACA. • Do NOT support repeal of protections against lifetime and annual caps. • Do NOT allow cuts to Medicaid. • Do NOT repeal essential health benefits. ... See MoreSee Less
Please call your Senator and House Representative today!
The Arc Michigan, Washtenaw ACA and partners are again alarmed that the essential supports and services for us and those we care about, could be jeopardized by allowing the Medicaid health plans to have control in their delivery.
A list of major concerns and talking points:
• The critical supports and services provided by CMH programs are not medical. They are the things people with disabilities need each day. Things like personal assistants and support to participate in our communities.
• The public mental health system must remain public and money should go for services, not to CEO salaries and shareholders.
• The voice of those served should be the driving force for any changes made to Michigan’s public mental health system. 1,700 people were asked for their opinions about how the system should work, and none of them wanted Medicaid health plans to manage the mental health services.
• Michigan’s behavioral health system has been under managed care since late 1990s. Most of the savings in this system were already realized through the closing of institutions for people with developmental disabilities.
• Michigan already has integrated pilots underway using managed care plans. The current project for people who have both Medicaid and Medicare in four regions of the state shows that 70% of people who are eligible have taken action and opted out of the integrated pilot.
• Better clinical outcomes and savings to be realized could come from local on the ground coordination between behavioral and medical system of the people who are at risk as high utilizers of emergency rooms and hospitals, and/or have SMI and serious health concerns (comorbidity).
• Most people with I/DD are not high utilizers of the medical system and have far better healthcare than the population at large.
House Website District Member Room Phone Email Link 19 Laura Cox R 351 CB 5173733920 LauraCox@house.mi.gov Approps Chair Link 84 Edward Canfield R S1188 HOB 5173730476 EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov DHHS Budget Chair Link 93 Tom Leonard R 164 CB 5173731778 TomLeonard@house.mi.gov Speaker Link 106 Sue Allor R S1485 HOB 5173730833 SueAllor@house.mi.gov DHHS budget Link 62 John Bizon R N0996 HOB 5173730555 DRJohnBizon@house.mi.gov DHHS budget Link 69 Sam Singh D 167 CB 5173731786 SamSingh@house.mi.gov Minority Leader Link 80 Mary Whiteford R N1099 HOB 5173730836 MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov DHHS budget Link 47 Hank Vaupel R N0896 HOB 5173738835 HankVaupel@house.mi.gov Health Policy Chair Link 48 Pam Faris D N0897 HOB 5173737557 PamFaris@house.mi.gov DHHS budget
Senate District Member Website Phone Fax Room R 12 Marleau, Jim Contact Me 517-373-2417 517-373-2694 S-2 Capitol Bldg DHHS Budget Chair R 30 Meekhof, Arlan B Contact Me 517-373-6920 517-373-2751 S-106 Capitol Bldg Majority Leader D 23 Hertel Jr., Curtis Contact Me 517-373-1734 517-373-5397 7600 Binsfeld Bldg DHHS budget R 29 Hildenbrand, Dave Contact Me 517-373-1801 517-373-5801 S-324 Capitol Bldg Approps Chair R 28 MacGregor, Peter Contact Me 517-373-0797 517-373-5236 5600 Binsfeld Bldg DHHS budget R 16 Shirkey, Mike Contact Me 517-373-5932 517-373-5944 5300 Binsfeld Bldg Health Policy Chair
Quali bisogni speciali hanno le persone con sindrome di Down? Nessuno.
Possono avere necessità di sostegno e assistenza, ma i loro bisogni sono semplicemente umani, come quelli di tutti: studiare, comunicare, lavorare, amare ed essere amate.
Vi presentiamo Not Special Needs, la nuova campagna di CoorDown per il World Down Syndrome Day del 21 marzo.
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What “special needs” does a person with Down syndrome really have? None.
They may require a little support and assistance to accomplish their needs, but those needs are simply human just like everyone else’s: to study, communicate, work, love and be loved.
We’re proud to present Not Special Needs, the new CoorDown campaign for World Down Syndrome Day, the 21st of March.
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