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13th October
2011
written by Catherine An

Last week, we told you about the Super-Committee and why we need to ask them to protect homeless assistance programs.  Last month, we told you what the Super-Committee needs to know about ending homelessness. Today (and tomorrow), we need you to pass that message along to the members of the Super-Committee.

Specifically, we’re talking about Medicaid. The Medicaid Coalition, led by Families USA, will be having call-in days today, Thursday, October 13 and tomorrow, Friday, October 14. We’re asking you to call the Members on the Super-Committee and urge them to reject any cuts to Medicaid. Medicaid is a critically important part of the social safety net that protects homeless and other vulnerable people.

Why tomorrow? Because tomorrow is the deadline for congressional committees that work on Medicaid to relay their expert recommendations to the Super-Committee. All committees that work on Medicaid – on both the House and Senate sides – have the opportunity to send the Super-Committee their thoughts on how the Super-Committee should approach Medicaid tomorrow.

This is another great chance to contact your Members of Congress, build upon your emerging relationship with lawmakers, and make a difference in the lives of those suffering most in this economic climate. Reaching out to your Members on this issue is an important step in letting congressional leadership know that homelessness programs like Medicaid, TANF, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and other low-income housing and homelessness programs are key to stabilizing millions of families across America.

The Coalition has offered their toll-free number for the Capitol Switchboard which can connect you to your Member’s office:  1-866-922-4970

In addition, Families USA has made talking points and other fact sheets available through the following links:

Medicaid, Deficit Reduction and the “Super Committee”
Cutting and Restructuring Medicaid Should Not Be Part of Deficit Reduction
Medicaid’s Impact in the States: Helping People with Serious Health Care Needs

The Alliance has talking points specifically tailored to strategies for ending chronic homelessness through Medicaid and the need for the Super-Committee to preserve this key program.

1 Comment

  1. Lisa Stand
    14/10/2011

    Another reason it is urgent to protect Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act now: The very good news this morning that a record number of health care professionals are choosing to work in under-served communities. This is real change made possible by the Affordable Care Act. And it is real momentum toward the goal of ending chronic homelessness. Access to health care is critical to make supportive housing the answer for vulnerable adults.