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Final Countdown to Health Care Vote

Today is Day #2 in the Final Countdown to Stop the AHCA/BCRA and its Cuts to Medicaid.

Your calls are working! The U.S. Senate announced Tuesday that they will not vote on their health reform bill (Better Care Reconciliation Act) until after July 4. We must keep the calls coming to stop its devastating 26% cut to Medicaid. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Senate Bill shows that its cuts to Medicaid will be substantial over the long-term because it limits Medicaid funding to traditional inflation instead of Medical Inflation. Cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to 20 Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children’s waiver, BadgerCare, mental health programs, Katie Beckett, autism services, personal care, and important therapies like speech, OT and PT.

Our countdown continues today with fact #2. Call Senators Johnson and Baldwin and tell them you are concerned about the senate health care bill because: It doesn’t address the true cost drivers in the health care system. Health care reform should: address rising prescription drug costs, make health insurance affordable and accessible, encourage care coordination and preventive care, and address the high administrative costs of hospitals and health plans.

Call Senator Johnson’s three offices: • DC office: 202-224-5323 • Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 • Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Call Senator Tammy Baldwin: • DC office: 202-224-5653 • Madison office: 608-264-5338 • Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

Click here  to read Wisconsin Ideas for Sustaining Medicaid with Common Sense Reforms

Consumer Reports: Is There a Cure for High Drug Prices? Three in 10 Americans (about 32 million people) were hit with price hikes within the past 12 months. http://www.consumerreports.org/d…/cure-for-high-drug-prices/

 

Final Countdown to Vote on AHCA

Time is running out to stop these harmful cuts!

The U.S. Senate is set to take a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before July 4. The AHCA contains a devastating 25% cut to Medicaid, and the Senate wants to make these cuts even bigger. Cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to 20 Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children’s waiver, BadgerCare, mental health programs, Katie Beckett, autism services, personal care, and important therapies like speech, OT and PT.

Our countdown continues today with fact #3. Call Senators Johnson and Baldwin and tell them you are concerned about the AHCA because:  Cuts to Medicaid will hurt Wisconsin’s economy and lead to job loss. Medicaid brings about $5 billion to Wisconsin which supports hospitals, providers, and jobs through 20 Medicaid-funded programs. There are 75,000 Medicaid providers in Wisconsin – many of them small businesses. Cuts to Medicaid will result in cuts to provider rates and make provider shortages worse!

Call Senator Johnson’s three offices:
• DC office: 202-224-5323
• Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250
• Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282
Call Senator Tammy Baldwin:
• DC office: 202-224-5653
• Madison office: 608-264-5338
• Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451
If you would like more information about this fact, see below:

Commonwealth Fund – The American Health Care Act: Economic and Employment Consequences for States
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/…/aca-job-lo…/wisconsin.pdf…

Call to Action-Save Medicaid

The time to act is now! The Senate is likely going to vote on the American Health Care Act this week!

The Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would:

• Cause deep cuts to Medicaid ($772 billion) through per capita caps and block grants
• Affect 37 million children who use Medicaid, including children with disabilities
• Lead to loss of health insurance for 22 million Americans
• Allow states to opt out of Essential Health Benefits, affecting people with pre-existing conditions

This is your opportunity to tell your senators why the AHCA would be so harmful for children and adults with disabilities and chronic conditions – and that we demand an open process with public input in health care reform. Senator Tammy Baldwin has publicly stated that she does not support the current version of the AHCA. Senator Ron Johnson continues to share that he isn’t prepared to vote until he can review and hear from his constituents on the bill.

Share your personal story of why Medicaid is important in your life for you, a family member, or friend.

If you have already called, call again and ask your friends and family to also make a call. Contact local media – newspaper, TV, radio stations –to share your story.
If you are afraid that you are not enough of an expert on health care to make a call – don’t worry! You can share a simple message (click here for sample Script). If you would like more information, you can find fact sheets below.

Ask your Senators to oppose any bill that would cut or cap Medicaid. Medicaid works for Wisconsin!

Call Senator Johnson:
• DC office: 202-224-5323
• Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250
• Milwaukee office: 414-276-7282

Call Senator Tammy Baldwin:
• DC office: 202-224-5653
• Madison office: 608-264-5338
• Milwaukee office: 414-297-4451

Useful fact sheets on Medicaid in Wisconsin:

MedicaidOnePageFactSheet

Medicaid Myth Busting Flier

Medicaid in Schools-Wisconsin

Wisconsin SAVE MEDICAID! Day of Action

Wisconsin SAVE MEDICAID! Day of Action

              Thursday, June 15th

The U.S. Senate is crafting legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make changes to the Medicaid program. The Senate would like to vote on this proposal before the July 4th holiday.

In Wisconsin we’ve joined forces to declare June 15th a  Day of Action to #SaveMedicaid – and we need YOU to: 

Call your U.S. Senators.

Senator Ron Johnson Phone:
202-224-5323
Senator Tammy Baldwin Phone: 202-224-5653

Ask your Senators to oppose any bill that would cut or cap Medicaid. Medicaid works for Wisconsin.

Click here for a sample calling script.

Use the power of social media.

On June 15th, we want to see the #SaveMedicaid hashtag on every social media platform. After you’ve called your Senator, print out a “#SaveMedicaid because…” sign, fill it out & take a selfie with it, and share! Make sure to use the #SaveMedicaid hashtag so we can see it and share it as well. You can also tweet it at your Senators to remind them of your story and encourage others to take action.

No matter how you participate, we need everyone to take action on June 15th. Congress represents us, the people — and this affects all of us. United, our message cannot be ignored: Nothing about us without us! No caps or cuts to Medicaid!

MedicaidOnePageFactSheet

Medicaid Myth Busting Flier

Take A Minute for Medicare

This month we will begin a three part series about Medicare Part D enrollment. Medicare prescription drug coverage is voluntary, but you can not sign up whenever you want. Enrollment in Medicare Part D is limited to certain times. So, it is important to know when you can enroll. There are three periods when you can enroll in Part D; the Initial Enrollment Period, the Annual Enrollment Period, and Special Enrollment Period. We will start with the Initial Enrollment Period.

PART 1 – Initial Enrollment Period

Who can enroll in Medicare Part D?

In order to be eligible for Medicare Part D enrollment, you must:

  • Have Medicare Part A and/or Part B
  • Live in the service area of the plan that provides prescription drug coverage

When can I enroll in Medicare Part D?

When your Medicare begins you have an initial enrollment period for Medicare Part D. This initial enrollment period is a 7 month time period surrounding the month of eligibility for Medicare. The period begins 3 months before the month of eligibility for Medicare, the month of eligibility, and 3 months after. Let’s look at an enrollment timeline for Medicare effective April 1, 2017.

time for medicare

You may enroll in Medicare Part D anytime during these 7 months. Coverage will begin April 1, if you enroll anytime January through March 31. If you enroll in Part D during April, May, June or July, coverage under Part D will start the first of the month after the month you enroll. For example, you enroll in Part D in May, your Part D coverage will begin on June 1.

Next month we will discuss the Annual Enrollment Period.

For general Medicare questions, call DRW at 1-800-928-8778. For Medicare Part D questions, call the Disability Drug Benefit Helpline at 1-800-926-4862. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), or visit www.medicare.gov to find out if Medicare covers your test, service, or item.

Job Posting – Advocacy Specialist

Disability Rights Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Advocacy Specialist for our Madison office.

The Advocacy Specialist is responsible for providing direct client advocacy and representation to individuals with disabilities and their families on a variety of disability-related issues, including victim services. Other duties include: administrative tasks related to case maintenance and reporting, outreach, information and referral, systems advocacy and training.

 Click here for more information.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Applauds Joint Finance for Ending Waiting Lists for Children

Disability Rights Wisconsin and many other disability advocates have sought the elimination of waiting lists for children for over a decade. The members of Joint Finance supported the Governor’s investment of $39 million dollars to support families raising children with significant disabilities. 

Read DRW’s full statement here.

DHS Video Tells Compelling Children’s Long-Term Support Wait list Story

The Department of Health Services has just released a video documenting the compelling case of Ben Gapinski, a child with autism who was on the wait list for Children’s Long-Term Support waiver services. The Governor’s proposed budget would finally end the wait list for the CLTS Waiver. Watch Ben’s story to see what impact this will have on families of kids with disabilities.

https://vimeo.com/216042652

Beckert: Health Care Reform the Wisconsin Way

Disability Right’s Wisconsin’s Barbara Beckert has written an op-ed in today’s Journal Sentinel on how the AHCA affects Wisconsin and offers insights on what works for Wisconsin.

http://jsonl.in/2rQm6rU

 

American Health Care Act: The Impact on People with Disabilities Milwaukee May 25

Join us at IndependenceFirst to learn how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will impact people with disabilities.  Barbara Beckert from Disability Rights WI will discuss the impact of the bill, including Medicaid cuts of $880 billion and the roll back of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Come learn how AHCA will affect health care choices and options, and how you can share your concerns with policymakers.

Thursday May 25, 2017

2:00PM to 4:00PM

IndependenceFirst

540 South 1st Street

Milwaukee, WI 53204

DRW Presentation American Health Care Act