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3/17/17

March 2017

Letter urging “No” vote on The American Health Care Act - Save Medicaid in the Schools Coalition


The Consortium has signed on in support of a letter to Congressman Greg Walden and Congressman Frank Pallone (House Energy and Commerce Committee); joining together with other national, state, and local organizations as members of the Save Medicaid in the Schools Coalition. A per capita cap system will undermine states’ ability to provide America’s neediest children access to vital health care that ensures they have adequate educational opportunities and can contribute to society. Medicaid is a cost-effective and efficient funder of essential health care services for children. In fact, while children comprise almost half of Medicaid beneficiaries, less than one in five dollars spent by Medicaid is consumed by children. Accordingly, a per capita cap, even one that is based on different groups of beneficiaries, will disproportionately harm children’s access to care, including services received at school. Considering these unintended consequences, we urge a ‘no” vote on The American Health Care Act.

Read the full letter here.

 

February 2017

Letter in support of the Hygiene Assistance for Infants and Toddlers Act of 2017

The Consortium has signed on in support of a letter to Congressman Ellison and Congresswoman DeLauro; joining together with other national, state, and local organizations in support of families that have a hard time covering the cost of basic needs, including diapers for their young children. Nearly half of infants and toddlers in the U.S. are living in low-income families. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in 2014 the poorest 20 percent of families spend 14 percent of their income on diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network estimates that overall, 1 in 3 families struggle with diaper need. Read the full letter here.

 

The Future of Medicaid

Letter to Governor Hickenlooper: Response to Senators’ Letter of January 19, 2017

The Consortium has signed on in support of a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper on February 10, 2017; joining together with other organizations in an effort to address future of Medicaid and Medicaid in the schools.

“Medicaid brings economic benefits to Colorado by holding down costs and countering the upward  trend in commercial healthcare costs, by bringing federal dollars to underserved  rural and urban  communities, and by bringing well-paying jobs in the medical, health technology and information technology sectors, all of which are vital to Colorado's economic health.”  Read the full letter here.

 

January 2017

The Consortium has signed on in support of letters to Members of the Subcommittee on Health and The House Energy and Commerce Committee; joining together with other organizations in an effort to address future of Medicaid.

"We are deeply concerned that critical services and professionals in school will be reduced or eliminated if proposals to refinance Medicaid are advanced. A per capita cap or attempt to shift Medicaid costs to states will undermine the entitlement of America’s neediest children to access vital healthcare that ensures they have adequate educational opportunities and contribute to society. Given that children comprise less than 50% of Medicaid beneficiaries, but only about 19 percent of the costs for Medicaid, current proposals to cap or limit state funding are misguided and threaten to disproportionately harm children’s access to care."

Please review the letters for more information:

Medicaid Oversight: Existing Problems and Ways to Strengthen the Program - House Energy and Commerce Committee

Hearing on Strengthening Medicaid and Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable - Subcommittee on Health