Danielle Garrett, Healthy Policy Analyst, National Women's Law Center
The deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (The Super-Committee) to reach an agreement is fast approaching. The Committee is undoubtedly debating cuts to many programs that provide vital services to millions of Americans, including Medicaid. In these last days leading up to the Committee deadline, we must let Congress know that an agreement that includes Medicaid cuts could be devastating to women and families.
It's easy to view Medicare as a program that helps your parents or grandparents and Medicaid as a program only for the poorest of the poor - a program that doesn't affect you or anyone you know. But you would be surprised how many people, including people you probably know, are helped by the Medicaid program. Medicaid helps pay for your widowed grandma's nursing home and other long-term care expenses, doctor visits for your aunt who can't work because of her MS, and pediatrician visits for your neighbor's kids. Medicaid pays for prenatal care for pregnant women and family planning services to millions of men and women across the country. Americans of all ages, races, and life circumstances rely on the program to get the health care they need.
The bottom line is this: Medicaid provides necessary medical services to a diverse group of beneficiaries and is an especially important source of health care for women. Cuts to Medicaid would therefore be devastating to the physical and financial health of women and families. We need your help to make sure these proposals don't become a reality.
Cross-posted from the National Women's Law Center blog.