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Action Alert! Urge Your Representative to Vote NO on the 2018 House Budget

Background

The House FY 2018 Budget instructs several House committees to achieve at least $203 billion in savings. The Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over Medicaid is one of the committees charged with proposing billions in savings. This is the very same approach that was used in this past year’s Budget that very nearly resulted in cutting and capping Medicaid.

In addition, the House Budget paves the way to provide for massive tax cuts that are heavily tilted towards the most prosperous. If adopted, the budget is projected to lose trillions of dollars in revenue which will put tremendous pressure to cut many critical programs down the road. Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, education, housing, and many more programs will ultimately be at even greater risk. Read more here.

The Budget resolution process is very important because it the first step in developing legislation that will likely be VERY harmful to people with disabilities. We must not wait until the committees come up with more harmful bills. We need to stop this now.

Take Action

The House is scheduled to vote on the 2018 Budget Resolution on Thursday, October 5.

Call your representative today. Call (888) 516-5820.  You will prompted to enter your zip code to be connected to your member’s office.

What to Say:

  • Please vote NO on the 2018 House Budget Resolution.
  • It will set up the process to cut Medicaid and other critical programs for people with disabilities.
  • It will also set up the process for tax cuts that we cannot afford and that will go mainly to the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.

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This alert was developed from content provided by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).

Non Medical Switching

Many individuals with disabilities are forced to change the medication their doctor prescribed and that is working well for them when an insurance company or plan decides that it is now too costly to cover. The insurance company will end the coverage for that medication and force the individual, without their doctor's input, to switch to another medication, putting their health at risk.

These coverage changes take place during the plan year, long after open enrollment. Non Medical Switching locks consumers into a plan that may no longer meet their needs.

After advocates asked state legislators to address this issue, the Medication Switching Commission was created to examine the issue and report back to the MA state legislature.  This survey data will be used to inform the Commission and legislators about the impact of Non Medical Switching.

Please help - If you've been a victim of non-medical switching, share your experience by taking this survey developed Global Healthy Living:      https://www.research.net/r/STF7DTL