Yes, we’re asking you to make a call for Medicaid again. The Appropriations Committee must take final action by Thursday, April 5, this may be our last opportunity to push for restoration of Medicaid cuts! Keep scrolling to get all the details of how to reach out to legislators. Click here for a fact sheet on this issue.
We are asking the Appropriations Committee to include restoration of Medicaid cuts in a FY ’19 budget bill. This includes:
- Funding to continue the Medicare Savings Program at current eligibility levels (saving about 113,000 seniors and people with disabilities from cuts to this essential Medicaid program, which covers unaffordable Medicare premiums and cost-sharing payments, which cuts otherwise will go into effect on July 1st)
- Restoration of HUSKY A parents’ eligibility to 155% FPL (saving about 13,300 adults from elimination of their Medicaid coverage, which otherwise happens on January 1, 2019)
- Removal of the cap on HUSKY adult dental services (restoring access to full dental services for about 16,000 Medicaid enrollees per year)
- Restoration of primary care reimbursement rates to 100% of the 2014 Medicare rates (protecting primary care access for Medicaid enrollees of all ages)
What To Say & Who To Contact
What to tell legislators:
Start by telling them who you are and that you are a constituent calling about Medicaid cuts. If you are personally affected by these cuts, make sure to tell them!
Then ask them to:
- Restore Medicaid cuts in a 2019 budget bill, including cuts to the Medicare Savings Program, HUSKY A for parents, dental coverage for adults, and primary care rates.
- Children, parents, elderly, individuals with disabilities and other adults in your district rely on Medicaid for their health (click here for town-by-town numbers of Medicaid recipients)
- Can not balance the budget on the backs of those with the least
- Do not just move around cuts to other important programs that serve Connecticut residents
- Legislators may ask “How do we pay for this?”
- Tell that one way is to raise revenue – groups such as DUE Justice and CT Voices for Children have viable revenue proposals to explore
- Click here for CT Voices 2018 Revenue Proposals
End by thanking them for their time and for protecting residents on Medicaid.
Who do I call?
First, call your own legislators. Everyone has one Representative in the House, and a Senator in the Senate. Don’t know who your legislators are? Click here to FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS.
If your legislator is not on the Appropriations Committee, please ask them to bring your message to the Committee and to advocate on your behalf.
Another way to call: Use the switchboard phone numbers (below) and ask for your legislator or their aide.
- House Democrats: 860-240-8500
- Senate Democrats: 860-240-8600
- House Republicans: 860-240-8700
- Senate Republicans: 860-240-8800
How do I know if my legislators are on the Appropriations Committee?
Or even easier? When you call, just ask the person you speak with if the legislator is on the Appropriations Committee.
Who else can I call?
Second, feel free to call legislators on the Appropriations Committee. Click here for a list of Appropriations Committee members.
Can I email legislators instead?
It’s okay to email legislators, but they do get a lot of email — it might be better to call first, and follow up with an email.
Anything else I can do?
- Let us know you have contacted legislators about this issue by emailing us at email@example.com
- Participate in Protect Our Care CT’s Health Care Action Day on April 18th.
- Stay in the loop on alerts, news and more by signing up with Protect Our Care CT.
A little more about the issue and the Appropriations Committee:
The Appropriations Committee held several days and evenings of hearings in February to hear from state agencies and the public. Its Subcommittees, including the Human Services Subcommittee, have made their recommendations, and the leaders of the Committee have been reviewing those recommendations (a previous alert urged contacts with the Human Services Subcommittee). Now is the time to influence the full Appropriations Committee.