Call of the Day: Protect The Elderly By Preventing Massive Cuts To Medicaid

TrumpCare (a.k.a, the American Health Care Act, or AHCA), cuts over $800 billion from the Medicaid program, which covers over 70 million Americans.  170,900 people in Louisiana alone will lose their Medicaid coverage, if TrumpCare becomes law, according to Indivisible's numbers.
 
Many people think Medicaid is only for low income people & children, but in fact, most of us will need Medicaid at some point in our lives – typically at the end of our lives:
 
Two-thirds of all Medicaid spending is for older & disabled adults in long-term care.
 
1 in 3 people now turning 65 will require nursing home care. 75% of long-stay nursing home residents will eventually be covered by Medicaid.
 
Cuts to Medicaid nursing home reimbursement would cause many nursing homes to stop admitting Medicaid patients and cut staffing.
 
Lower quality nursing home care leads to more hospitalization. Those hospital visits will be paid by Medicare.  (Source:  NY Times)

WHO TO CALL: Senator Cassidy and Sen. Kennedy

Sen. Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130
Sen. John Kennedy:  DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and MONROE OFFICE (318) 361-1489
 
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample script

Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.
 
I'm calling because I know the Senate is planning on adopting most of the key measures from the American Health Care Act, including the $834 billion dollar cut to Medicaid. Over 170,000 people in Louisiana will lose their Medicaid benefits, many of whom are elderly people that require nursing home care. This is unacceptable.
 
(Add a personal story if you have someone that needed Medicaid for long term care)
 
I want the Senator to vote no on any plan that would drastically cut Medicaid or change Medicaid funding to block grants. I also want him to push for an open and transparent legislative process where issues like this can be exposed and fixed before the bill is passed.
 
Thank you for your time, and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.

 
Indivisible New Orleans has more than 2,000 members. If every one makes one call to both their senators, that's a lot of calls! That kind of thing gets noticed. So go on. Let's get those phones ringing off the hook!

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.