June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011

Act Now to Protect the Medicaid Program

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy day for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

I continually speak about the danger to people with HIV and AIDS because of the lack of ADAP funding in our country. But now our government is trying to further endanger my community be cutting Medicaid benefits.

I finished the pictures from our Stonewall Pride event on Sunday. You can see the slide show featuring the pictures below:

The Medicaid program is under serious attack on several fronts in Congress, and it is critical for Members of Congress to know the impact of the proposed Medicaid cuts and changes on people living with HIV and AIDS. Medicaid is the single largest supporter of HIV/AIDS care and treatment, providing coverage to approximately 40% of all people living with HIV and AIDS in the United States. Steep cuts or changes to the program threaten this important safety net and the lifesaving care and treatment it provides.

The HIV Health Care Access Working Group (HHCAWG) is circulating two Medicaid advocacy letters that will be sent to the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. One letter urges Congress not to repeal the provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires states to maintain their current Medicaid eligibility and application rules (known as the “Maintenance of Effort” requirement). The second letter urges Congress to protect the Medicaid program from harmful federal proposals, including converting Medicaid into a block grant or putting in place across the board federal spending caps that would require drastic cuts to Medicaid and shift more costs onto already struggling states.

Please take action now by letting legislators know your organization opposes a repeal of the Maintenance of Effort requirement and proposals to restructure and defund Medicaid.

People with HIV and AIDS are counting on your help so mail the call and send the email to your elected officials today!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab