Last week, the U.S. Senate released a draft of a bill which proposes sweeping reforms to the Medicaid program and reverses the advancements in healthcare made possible through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The U.S. Senate bill is entitled “The Better Care Reconciliation Act” and it’s different than the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which is the legislation passed by the House of Representatives in May.  

The Better Care Reconciliation Act, if enacted as initially drafted, will impose stricter funding limits on states with higher Medicaid spending.
New York is one of those states. 
Stricter funding limits would mean States would be required to either find new funding to support Medicaid or, more likely, cut Medicaid through restricting enrollment, curbing benefits, and reducing payments to health care providers.

What’s worse for New York is a provision in both the Senate and House bills that requires the State of New York to pay for the local share of Medicaid which totals nearly $2.3 billion.   

Therefore, we’re heightening our advocacy efforts and urging agencies, self-advocates, direct support professionals and other staff, parents and family members as well as our friends to act now; 
only YOU  can  save Medicaid.
Here's What You Can Do:
1. Call U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's Office and let him know you OPPOSE The Better Care Reconciliation Act. Senator McConnell is the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and his Washington D.C. Office telephone number is: (202) 224-2541 - Senator McConnell's twitter handle is @SenateMajLdr - Tweet at him!

2. Contact U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and let them know you stand with them to OPPOSE The Better Care Reconciliation Act. For contact information, you may use ANCOR’s tool by clicking here

3. Write to your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington and tell them to vote against any legislation that will cut Medicaid. You can help ensure that misinformed politicians do not dismantle the safety net for people with disabilities that has taken decades to build ( click here to download a draft letter).
4. Write your local media outlets (to view a recent letter to the editor of the Buffalo News by Mindy Cervoni, CEO of CSDD, click here.)
5. Attend Town Hall gatherings! Sign up for your U.S. House and U.S. Senate elected officials’ email updates to learn about dates and locations of Town Hall gatherings and other information by going to elected official’s websites; if you do not know who represents you, use ANCOR’s locator tool linked here and input your zip code to find out!

6. Post your objections and your point of view on social media.
  • Use your Social Media accounts to contact and tag your Congressional representatives in Washington DC. 

  • Follow and use the hashtags: #SaveMedicaid, #VoteNoAHCA, #AHCA, #NoCutsNoCaps, #Medicaid, #SaveOurCare, #ProtectOurCare, #VoteNOBetterCareAct, #USSenate, #BetterCareIsWorseCare.   

  • Use photos, tag your Congressional representatives and encourage family and friends to share your message.
Sample Tweets / Social Media Posts:
People with disabilities deserve the same care as everyone else! #SaveMedicaid

#SaveMedicaid Largest payer of mental health care is Medicaid. AHCA will cut Medicaid by $880 mil! Contact your reps today! #USSenate

Tweet, post, email, write a letter or call @SenGillibrand and @SenSchumer and tell them to #SaveMedicaid!

There is still work to do to #SaveMedicaid! Cutting Medicaid would harm people w/ disabilities. SHARE the One Pager:

@(YourRepresentative’s Account Here) Millions rely on Medicaid for critical care. #VoteNoAHCA #ProtectOurCare
Under the #AHCA, #Medicaid would be decimated. #VoteNoAHCA

I love someone who needs #Medicaid to live! #VoteNoAHCA #AHCA #BetterCareIsWorseCare @SenateMajLdr

Millions rely on Medicaid for critical care. AHCA cut Medicaid by $880 million. # savemedicaid

I rely on #Medicaid to live independently. #DontCapMycare #AHCA

#Medicaid is necessary to fulfill the promise of life, liberty, & pursuit of happiness! #savemedicaid

#AHCA cuts would be devastating to me/us and other people with disabilities and their families. #SaveMedicaid
  #SaveMedicaid  #NoCutsNoCaps  @Fair2DirectCare illustrates how cutting Medicaid would harm New Yorkers w/ disabilities 
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