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KAAP Members Speak Out to Protect Medicaid

July 7, 2017 No Comments

KAAP members took to twitter and newspapers to speak out to protect Medicaid funding. There is still time to add your voice to the conversation! Share the commentary in the Kansas City Star written by KAAP member Pam Shaw, MD, FAAP on social media. 

Call KS Senators:

Jerry Moran – D.C. (202) 224-6521
Pat Roberts –  D.C.  (202) 224-4774

Leave a voicemail if you can’t call during business hours. Keep trying if you can’t get through – lines may be busy and that’s a good sign! Here’s what you can say:

  • Hello. I am pediatrician from Kansas and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am calling today to urge {Senator’s name} to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act and protect Medicaid.
  • Medicaid covers children from low-income families and children with special health care needs. It’s a lifeline program for {insert number of children on Medicaid from your state fact sheet} in our state.
  • The U.S. Senate health care bill fails children. In particular, the fundamental changes and drastic cuts the bill would make to Medicaid would be devastating to the children and families who rely on the program. It would leave more families uninsured, or without insurance they can afford or that meets their basic needs.
  • Insert brief anecdote if you have one of a patient on Medicaid who would be impacted
  • The bill includes misleading ‘protections’ for children by proposing to exempt them from certain Medicaid cuts. A ‘carve out’ for some children determined to be ‘disabled’ does not work if Medicaid is stripped of overall funding, which will force states to chip away coverage in other ways.
  • Through Medicaid, children are guaranteed benefits that cover a comprehensive array of medically necessary services, including developmental, vision and hearing screenings. Pediatricians recommend these services because they help diagnose, treat and prevent complex conditions right away, saving money and lives. Capping Medicaid funding means these services could be rolled back or eliminated altogether.
  • In addition, Medicaid expansion allowed many previously uninsured parents to gain coverage, making them better able to care for their children. This bill would reverse that progress. • Please protect children’s health care coverage by opposing the Better Care Reconciliation Act and keeping Medicaid strong.

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