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Learn more about why Medicaid Matters in Rhode Island!
ACTION! The Problem with Co-pays and Work Requirements in Medicaid
Governor Raimondo proposed Medicaid co-payments and other Medicaid changes in her budget. New co-pays for adult Medicaid members would range from $2.50 for a generic-drug prescription to $8 for a “non-emergency” visit to an emergency room.
These co-pays may seem small, but for low-income people that become sick, or for those that suffer with a chronic condition requiring monthly prescriptions, they can add up quickly, causing serious financial difficulties and forcing people to choose between their health and other basic needs.
A robust body of research shows that cost-sharing discourages low-income people’s use of necessary health care. It’s simple: people in poverty can’t afford to pay for their health care after paying for food and housing.
Call your State Representative and Senator. Let them know you oppose Medicaid co-payments. Find who your General Assembly members are here.
Meanwhile, At the Federal Level…
The Trump Administration released a stark budget proposal that demonstrates poor priorities; making the rich richer at the expense of our most vulnerable children, families and seniors.
They have also announced that they will allow states to apply for waivers to impose work requirements for some Medicaid beneficiaries. This is unprecedented in the Medicaid program, and deeply troubling. People who fail to meet a work requirement could be disenrolled from the program and lose access to the care they need.
To look for and keep a job, you need to be healthy. Punishing people who have lost a job by taking away their access to medical care will only make them sicker and less able to work in the future.
States are proposing work requirements to solve a problem that does not exist. In Rhode Island, a majority of adults on Medicaid are already working, some more than one job, or they are elderly and/or disabled.
Learn more! Click the graphics and links for more in-depth analysis.
MAKE A CALL!
Click here to contact Senators Reed and Whitehouse and Congressmen Cicillini and Langevin to let them know you oppose the poor priorities represented by the Administration’s budget and want to see Congressional action to keep Medicaid strong.
SHARE YOUR ACA or MEDICAID STORY or help a family member or friend to share theirs. There’s a lot of mis-information about the ACA and Medicaid. Your story will help demonstrate that the ACA and Medicaid Expansion is a step forward in achieving coverage for all. Scroll down for a helpful form.
Get the Facts
The ACA and Medicaid are a success in Rhode Island!
Below are just a few facts to demonstrate why we must continue to move forward in ensuring every Rhode Islander has quality, affordable coverage.
30,000 people buy coverage through HealthSource RI. A majority qualify for tax credits to help cover their premiums and subsidies that makes their coverage affordable by helping with out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
70,000 are covered under our State’s Medicaid expansion, a majority of them working adults.
Every Rhode Islander benefits from a stronger healthcare system and from guaranteed coverage for Essential Benefits such as pre-natal care, cancer screenings, and well doctor visits.
Here’s a picture about Medicaid coverage in Rhode Island:
What’s What in the Health Care Debate!
We strongly support the Affordable Care Act and appreciate what it has done to advance our healthcare system. But we know that to achieve health care for all we need more systemic change. And it’s to that end that Bernie Sanders released his Medicare for All bill, co-sponsored by Senator Whitehouse and endorsed by Congressmen Cicilline and Langevin. The bill could dramatically shift the debate about health care forward, providing a platform for more open and honest dialogue.
If we all stay engaged, we can move our nation forward towards universal health care as a right.
What you can do right now:
Learn: As Senator Whitehouse explained, the Medicare for All bill is, “At this point, pretty aspirational…” There are many good, progressive voices in the debate who are each contributing to moving action forward. To celebrate that debate, below are a few links to the thoughts and ideas of those with deep experience in either or both politics and policy who share a common vision for health care for all but may share differing views on how to get there.
- Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All
- Sheldon Whitehouse: Whitehouse explains Medicare For All, prospects for bills passage
- Ron Pollock: Many ways to Universal Health Care
- Andy Slavitt: Our Next Health Care Debate
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