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The Danger with Co-pays and Work Requirements in Medicaid
In response to significant action on the part of Protect Our Healthcare Coalition members and the public, the proposed Medicaid co-payments in the Rhode Island state budget were defeated. But, the threat of co-pays and work requirements continues as the Federal Administration pushes forward to undermine Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
Currently, the Administration in Washington is working to encourage states to apply for waivers to impose work requirements and steep premiums for some Medicaid beneficiaries. This is unprecedented, and deeply troubling. People who fail to meet a work requirement could be dis-enrolled from the program and lose access to the care they need. Recently, a waiver approved to allow Kentucky to impose work requirements and steep Medicaid premiums was struck down in court on the basis that the requirements betrayed the mission of the Federal Medicaid program. Kentucky is currently re-structuring their waiver request.
The fact is, that 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.
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Four Ways the Current Supreme Court Nominee Could Impact People on Medicaid:
Finally, we can’t ignore the impact changes in the Supreme Court will have on healthcare for all, and more specifically on Medicaid, women’s reproductive healthcare, and the effort to achieve universal coverage.
The Alliance for Justice has outlined four impacts the current nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could have. They state: “Republicans have been on a relentless war on health care, wielding legislation, executive action and litigation as weapons in their war on the protections that prevent insurance companies from charging women, people over age 50 and people with pre-existing conditions more for health care — and on Medicaid”
Read their report on how confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could wreak havoc on Medicaid.
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Click here to contact Senators Reed and Whitehouse to share your views on the current Supreme Court Nominee. And, make sure that every member of Rhode Island’s delegation — including Congressmen Cicillini and Langevin — know you oppose the poor priorities represented by the Administration’s actions and want to see Congressional action to keep Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act strong.
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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. We must 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: 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.
- From Vox — What Doctors and Surgeons have to say about Medicare for all
- 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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