Tell your senators to vote “NO” on any bill that cuts or caps Medicaid!
In a key procedural vote yesterday—with Vice President Pence breaking the tie—the U.S. Senate voted to open debate on the Republican health care legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate has 20 hours to debate and vote on unknown versions of the disastrous repeal bill. Senators can now submit amendments that will be voted on through a process called vote-o-rama, which will move very fast and is often erratic. Last night the Senate also voted on a slightly revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act that includes very significant cuts and caps to Medicaid. The Senate needed 60 votes for the bill to pass, but there were only 43 “yes” votes. Nine Republicans broke ranks and voted “NO.”
A path forward through Friday’s debate and votes is not entirely clear. One thing is clear: no matter what version the Senate votes on, millions of children and youth with disabilities will lose access to health related Medicaid services in schools and early intervention programs.
CEC has held a strong opposition for reform of the ACA, as the reforms would severely cut and cap funds for Medicaid services for children and youth with disabilities.
It has been reported that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) plans to introduce an amendment to the Republican health care bill that would protect Medicaid services for schools from cuts. The amendment would require “that no provision in the bill would reduce or eliminate the amount, duration, or scope of Medicaid services available in schools under current law.“
Take action to protect Medicaid today! Here's how:
Step 1: Go to CEC’s Legislative Action Centerand send a letter to both of your senators and tell them to vote “NO" on ANY bill that cuts or caps Medicaid services for children and youth with disabilities in schools and early intervention programs. If you have already sent a letter, SEND ANOTHER ONE! Use our prepared letter or personalize your letter to tell your story.
Step 2: Call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to each of your senators. Once connected, say: “As your constituent, I urge you to vote 'NO' on ANY bill that cuts or caps Medicaid services for children and youth with disabilities in schools and early intervention programs. Vote 'YES' on Senator Hassan’s amendment that no provision in the health care bill would reduce or eliminate the amount, duration, or scope of Medicaid services available in schools under current law."
Congratulations to this year's Nebraska Council for Exceptional Children's scholarship recipients!
Iyana Allen - Lincoln Southwest High School
Turner Adams - Norris High School
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