Twenty-Eight Groups Call on Governor Baker to Protect Medicaid

Twenty-Eight Groups Call on Governor Baker to Protect Medicaid

Rationing Medicaid Would Harm Children, Seniors, Veterans, Among Others

Twenty-Eight Groups Call on Governor Baker to Protect Medicaid

Rationing Medicaid Would Harm Children, Seniors, Veterans, Among Others

 

BOSTON, Mass., Feb. 25, 2017 – As Governor Baker participates in the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, 28 groups from across Massachusetts have called on Governor Baker to protect Medicaid coverage for children, seniors, veterans, working families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable citizens. Media reports have indicated that Governor Baker will participate in a closed-door meeting to discuss changes to Medicaid as part of the Republican effort in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The agreement would include either block grants or caps that would substantially reduce federal funds for Medicaid over a multi-year period, threatening healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents. 

“We oppose block grants, caps, and any agreement cutting the federal share of Medicaid in our state. We believe that any such ‘cap’ inevitably would result in rationed care, eligibility and benefit reductions, and reduced financial support to providers who care for MassHealth members,” said the letter.  

Twenty-eight groups signed the letter, including 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) Council 93; Association for Behavioral Healthcare; Boston Center for Independent Living; Boston Children's Hospital; Children's League of Massachusetts; Coalition for Social Justice; Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare; Community Action; Disability Policy Consortium; Greater Boston Interfaith Organization; Health Care For All; Health Law Advocates; Healthcare Rights Coalition; Mass Home Care; Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems; Massachusetts Communities Action Network; Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association; Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; Massachusetts Medical Society; Massachusetts Public Health Association; Massachusetts Senior Action Council; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; South Shore Mental Health; Strategies for Children Inc.; and Treatment Access Expansion Project.

 

February 24, 2017

The Honorable Charlie Baker

Massachusetts State House

Office of the Governor, Room 280

Boston, MA 02133

 

Dear Governor Baker:

As Congress continues to debate how to manage repeal of the Affordable Care Act, we appreciate your evident concern about the fate of the Medicaid program. Children, seniors, veterans, working families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable citizens depend on MassHealth, as do many health care providers. As you know, the MassHealth program has been a cornerstone in our effort to reduce the number of uninsured in our state. Through the Affordable Care Act, MassHealth has further expanded coverage by more than 300,000 individuals, with a total enrollment of some 1,900,000 residents.

We understand that you and other leaders from around the country will discuss Medicaid reforms in the coming days and months ahead. Proposals mentioned thus far have included either block grants or per capita caps that would substantially reduce federal funds for Medicaid over a multi-year period, threatening health care for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents.

As representatives of consumers, health care providers, labor unions, and faith-based organizations, we oppose block grants, caps, and any agreement cutting the federal share of Medicaid in our state. We believe that any such “cap” inevitably would result in rationed care, eligibility and benefit reductions, and reduced financial support to providers who care for MassHealth members. Children, seniors, low-income families, and people with disabilities will all potentially be affected.

We urge you not to agree to any plan that reduces federal support for our most vulnerable people.

 

Sincerely,

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) Council 93

Association for Behavioral Healthcare

Boston Center for Independent Living

Boston Children's Hospital

Children's League of Massachusetts

Coalition for Social Justice

Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare

Community Action

Disability Policy Consortium

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Health Care For All

Health Law Advocates

Healthcare Rights Coalition

Mass Home Care

Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems

Massachusetts Communities Action Network

Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Massachusetts Medical Society

Massachusetts Public Health Association

Massachusetts Senior Action Council

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

South Shore Mental Health

Strategies for Children Inc.

Treatment Access Expansion Project