Protecting Medicaid/Medicare from attacks
by Lisa Stiller, HCAO Medicaid/Medicare Advocacy Committee chair
The new Medicaid/Medicare advocacy group that was recently formed as a subcommittee of the Mobilization committee met in January for the first time. The committee came together out of deep concerns about cuts in Medicaid and Medicare that may be implemented by the Trump administration. Block grants for Medicaid have been suggested (meaning a sharp cut-back in available funds), as well as health care savings accounts (great if you have the money to put into such a savings account), and privatization of Medicare (again, a cut back in available funding; privatization costs money).
Subsidies and Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has helped about 30,000,000 Americans obtain health care. About 450,000 Oregonians gained coverage under Medicaid Expansion, and about 250,000 Oregonians got insurance through the exchange this year. Fears of losing coverage run high; the new committee is dedicated to protecting Medicare and Medicaid from Trump administration cuts with advocacy at the Federal and local level.
The new committee is working closely with the Legislative Committee to track state legislation that will effect Medicaid and Medicare, with the Communications Committee on messaging, and with the Mobilization Committee on event and action planning.
Anyone who wants to join the new group can contact Lisa Stiller, and your name will be added to the list serve. Our next conference call is Monday, Feb 20, at 5 p.m. RSVP to Lisa if you'd like to participate.