Medicaid is a crucial source of coverage for patients and consumers with serious and chronic healthcare needs, including type 1 diabetes.
But proposals to phase out Medicaid expansion and implement per capita caps or block grants, like those included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HR 1628, threaten the ability of Medicaid to provide critical health care services to many of our most vulnerable citizens.
That’s why earlier today, T1D Exchange joined 120 leading patient, provider and consumer organizations to express grave concerns about potential Senate actions on Medicaid. Together, the groups implored Senate leadership to protect the Medicaid program and oppose efforts to roll back Medicaid expansion or change Medicaid’s funding in a way that would harm patients and consumers.
In a letter to both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch, the 120 organizations urged the Senators to:
- Defend Medicaid as a critical lifeline for patients and consumers with ongoing healthcare needs. For instance, Medicaid covers roughly one half of all births, including many high-risk pregnancies, and more than 6 million older adults rely on Medicaid to get the treatments they need.
- Reject efforts to convert Medicaid to a per capita cap or block grant system. Per capita caps and block grants would limit the ability of patients and consumers to access breakthrough treatments and constrain the program’s ability to address emerging health threats, undermining Medicaid’s role as a safety net for the most vulnerable Americans.
- Maintain Medicaid expansion. Because Medicaid is such a critical source of coverage for people with chronic diseases, eliminating Medicaid expansion at any point in time would make many of them more vulnerable to high medical costs.
Read the full text of the letter and complete list of signing organizations.
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