MEDIA ADVISORY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deep cuts to Medicaid destroy foundations for how millions of American families care for one another across generations
(WASHINGTON, DC) – This morning, Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the health care bill, after weeks of crafting it in secret with no input from people who will be most affected. In response to the deep cuts to Medicaid – even deeper than the House version, and in conflict with Trump’s promises to provide affordable coverage for all Americans – Josie Kalipeni, Policy Director for Caring Across Generations, said the following:
“The bill is so out of touch that it can hardly be called a healthcare bill. It slashes Medicaid, just as the Elder Boom is relying on the long-term care supports Medicaid provides. It allows states to deny coverage for essential services like ambulance rides or prescription drugs all while increasing costs. It eviscerates health care coverage that caregivers and the care workforce rely on to keep themselves healthy. And twenty-four million Americans stand to lose insurance.
We are outraged by the Senate’s lack of transparency and their inability to provide for families’ immediate needs. And, given the changing demographics of this country, we are extremely concerned that they are flat out failing to point the country in the right direction for the future. Senate Republicans are willing to pay for tax cuts to the ridiculously wealthy with the health and well-being of caregiving families, and our entire nation’s future economic security. This is not only morally reprehensible, it’s dangerously irresponsible.”