Call of the Day: Oppose Medicaid Cuts That Harm People With Disabilities

The Trach Mommas of Louisiana, The Little Lobbyists, and ADAPT were in DC on Tuesday to tell senators that proposed Medicaid cuts and caps would be devastating to people with disabilities.

In particular, one Trach Momma is very worried that her four year old’s Residential Option Waiver will be threatened under the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA, aka TrumpCare).  This optional waiver provides nursing care and expensive equipment for her son so he can stay at home.

As many as 17,100 people with disabilities in Louisiana will lose Medicaid coverage, if the BCRA passes.  Optional services like this waiver may be the most vulnerable under the BCRA, reports The Advocate.

Let's support the Trach Mommas, Little Lobbyists, and ADAPT by demanding our senators to vote NO on the BCRA.

WHO TO CALL:

Senator Cassidy and Senator Kennedy

Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)

Senator 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 today to tell the Senator to oppose the BCRA because it will hurt people with disabilities.  The BCRA’s dramatic Medicaid cuts and caps will be devastating for the 17,100 people in Louisiana with disabilities that will lose coverage.  I want the senator to vote NO on the BCRA because it takes health care away from those in our state that need it the most.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.  Stay safe out there.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.