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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 20, 2003
4:02 PM
CONTACT:  Families USA
Anita D. Watts, 202-628-3030
awatts@familiesusa.org

Over 130 Organizations Speak Out Against Proposed Medicaid Cuts
 
WASHINGTON - March 20 - The House Budget Committee's proposal, as submitted by Chairman Nussle, currently includes $92 billion in Medicaid cuts and $2billion in SCHIP cuts. We expect a vote on the budget sometime today, March 20. This resolution would require the Energy and Commerce Committee to institute these Medicaid cuts as part of a reconciliation bill.

Such devastating cuts will create enormous hardship. Medicaid provides health insurance to America's most vulnerable seniors, children, working families, and people with disabilities. States need more, not less, federal Medicaid funding to sustain their current Medicaid programs and avoid instituting even greater cutbacks that add to the ranks of the uninsured.

Attached and copied below is a letter signed by over 130 organizations opposing these cuts to the Medicaid program in the House budget. This letter was sent to the members of the Energy and Commerce and Budget Committees. _________________

March 19, 2003

Dear Member,

The undersigned organizations strongly oppose any cuts to the Medicaid program as part of the fiscal year 2004 budget resolution. As you know, the budget resolution reported by the House Budget Committee would require an estimated $95 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next 10 years. Such cuts would irreparably harm the millions of Americans now receiving essential health care coverage through the Medicaid program.

Medicaid provides health insurance to America's most vulnerable seniors, children, pregnant women, working families, and people with disabilities. Seniors receive prescription drug coverage and long-term care services through Medicaid. Children obtain vital screening and prevention services under Medicaid. Medicaid also provides the crucial services such as personal care and therapy that people with disabilities need.

The Budget Committee's resolution would require the Energy and Commerce Committee to institute Medicaid cuts of an estimated $95 billion as part of a reconciliation bill. Such devastating cuts will create enormous hardship. These cuts would occur as states are facing the most severe budget crisis since World War II. States need more, not less, federal Medicaid funding to sustain their current Medicaid programs and avoid instituting even greater cutbacks that add to the ranks of the uninsured.

We urge you to oppose any Medicaid cuts as part of the fiscal year 2004 budget and to ensure the elimination of the reconciliation instructions directing that the Energy and Commerce Committee to institute these unacceptable cuts. We also ask you to oppose any cuts to Medicaid in the final budget resolution conference report adopted by Congress.

Sincerely,

ACORN: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now AIDS Action Baltimore, Inc. AIDS Foundation of Chicago AIDS Survival Project AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition AIDS Treatment Data Network Alliance for Children and Families Alliance for Retired Americans Alzheimer's Association Ambulatory Pediatric Association American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry American Academy of Pediatrics American Association of People with Disabilities American Association of School Administrators American Association on Mental Retardation American Congress of Community Support & Employment Services American Council of the Blind American Counseling Association American Dental Association American Dental Hygienists' Association American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees American Federation of Teachers American Geriatrics Society American Health Care Association American Humane American Network of Community Options and Resources American Nurses Association American Occupational Therapy Association American Pediatric Society American Psychiatric Association American Psychological Association American Public Health Association American Society for Deaf Children AMERIGROUP Association for Health Center Affiliated Health Plans Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs Association of University Centers on Disabilities Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Brain Injury Association of America Centene Corporation Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York Children's Defense Fund Child Welfare League of America Community Healthcare Network Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Health Task Force Consortium of Developmental Disabilities Councils Consumers Union Council of Women's and Infants' Specialty Hospitals Diamonds in the Ruff Children's Society Easter Seals Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Epilepsy Foundation Families USA Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc. Family Voices Florida AIDS Action Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research, Brooklyn, NY Friends and Relatives of Institutionalized Aged Gay Men's Health Crisis Generations United Housing Works, Inc. Human Rights Campaign International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS International Union, UAW Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Kennedy Krieger Institute L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center March of Dimes Marcus Institute Medicare Rights Center National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors National Association for Children's Behavioral Health National Association for Home Care and Hospice National Association of Area Agencies on Aging National Association of Child Advocates National Association of Children's Hospitals National Association of Community Health Centers National Association of Counties National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils National Association of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems National Association of Social Workers National Association of State Directors of Special Education National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform National Coalition for the Homeless National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare National Council of La Raza National Council on the Aging National Down Syndrome Congress National Education Association National Family Caregivers Association National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association National Health Care for the Homeless Council National Health Law Program National Mental Health Association National Minority AIDS Council National Partnership for Women and Families National Respite Coalition National Senior Citizens Law Center National Women's Law Center New York Citizens' Committee on Aging New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage Nursing Home Community Coalition of New York State NYC AIDS Housing Network Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute Planned Parenthood Federation of America Project DOCC - Delivery of Chronic Care Project Inform, San Francisco Public Justice Center SAVE ADAP Committee of the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition Service Employees International Union Society for Adolescent Medicine Society for Pediatric Research South Carolina Respite Coalition Spina Bifida Association of America Stand for Children The Alan Guttmacher Institute The Arc of the United States The Title II Community AIDS National Network Treatment Action Group Union of American Hebrew Congregations United Cerebral Palsy United Jewish Communities Voice of the Retarded Volunteers of America Women Employed Women of Reform Judaism

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