LeadingAge is encouraging service providers and the elders they serve the opportunity to engage with their lawmakers and urge them to oppose fundamental changes to Medicaid.

Medicaid Call-in Days run through Friday, Feb. 3. LeadingAge is asking members to forwarding and/or share this article with colleagues and on social media platforms.

Congressional leaders have indicated plans to change Medicaid to a block grant or convert it to a per capita allocation to the states. Either change would threaten the security of millions of people who rely on the program. They would no longer have the certainty that the long-term services and supports they need would be covered because under the proposed change Medicaid funding would no longer be assured.

Steps for Making a Call

  • Call your lawmakers’ office anytime between Feb. 1-3.
  • Dial into this toll-free number, 866-793-3004. You will be prompted to enter your zip code to get patched through to your lawmaker and leave a brief message. Feel free to use the suggested talking points below.
  • The automated system will first connect you to your Representative’s office. Leave a message with the staff person who answers the phone.
  • After leaving your message, do not hang up. Allow the staff person to hang-up, and the automated system will then connect you to your Senators.

Possible Talking Points

  • Medicaid helps seniors afford services and care whether in their homes, community or nursing homes.
  • Seniors who receive services covered by Medicaid are often the frailest and most financially vulnerable members of their communities.
  • Services to seniors covered by Medicaid can include lifesaving services, such as : personal care, transportation to medical appointments, nursing services and personal emergency response systems, hospice care and much more. Not having access to these vital services will surely increase the use of more expensive Emergency room and hospital inpatient stays.
  • Medicaid reimbursement to providers is essential for quality service to seniors.
  • Medicaid is the most important financial resource available for those who need help in covering the cost of long-term services and supports, whether in their homes and communities or nursing homes.
  • Seventy percent of people who turn 75 will, at some time in their later years, need long-term services and supports.
  • Medicaid now pays health care providers less than the cost of care; cutting Medicaid threatens the ability of frail older Americans to get the long-term care and services they need.

Please plan to participate in the LeadingAge Medicaid Call-In and spread the word about this important effort!