Federal Action Alert:
Call Senator Cornyn and Cruz Tomorrow (6/22) to Protect Children's Medicaid!
June 21, 2017
Dear TPS Member -
This is it. The US Senate’s “repeal and replace” bill is getting released for the first time tomorrow, and as far as we can tell it is still taking direct aim at children’s Medicaid by proposing caps on funding. Unfortunately, our own Senator Ted Cruz thinks the cuts to Medicaid haven’t gone far enough and wants more “flexibility.” “Flexibility” with less federal funding would force states to cut Medicaid eligibility, benefits, provider payments, or a combination of all three. This is unacceptable, and it’s our responsibility as pediatricians to speak up for the children who cannot speak up for themselves! That’s why, in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics, we are calling all Texas pediatricians to call Senators Cruz and Cornyn tomorrow, June 22nd to let them know their bill must #KeepKidsCovered with absolutely no cuts or caps to Medicaid.
1. Call, call, call.
Tomorrow June 22nd, pick up the phone and call your two U.S. senators to urge them to protect Medicaid from cuts or caps in any bill they consider.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn: (202) 224-2934
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz: (202) 224-5922
If you can’t get through, try the district office closest to where you live. You can find those local offices here.
- If you have time, ask for a local meeting in the state. If you don’t have time to meet, say the following when you call:
- Hello. I am pediatrician from Texas and a member of the Texas Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics. I am calling today to urge Senator [Cruz/Cornyn] to oppose any funding cuts or caps to Medicaid in your health care bill.
- Medicaid covers children from low-income families and children with special health care needs. It’s a lifeline program for more than 3 million (state fact sheet) in our state.
- I am deeply concerned with any proposal to cut or cap federal funding for Medicaid in any way. Doing so would shift costs to states, likely leading to enrollment and benefit cuts, and leaving children worse off.
- Insert brief anecdote if you have one of a patient on Medicaid who would be impacted
- Through Medicaid, children are guaranteed benefits that cover a comprehensive array of medically necessary services, including developmental, vision and hearing screenings. Pediatricians recommend these services because they help diagnose, treat and prevent complex conditions right away, saving money and lives. Capping Medicaid funding means these services could be rolled back or eliminated altogether.
- In addition, Medicaid expansion allowed many previously uninsured parents to gain coverage, making them better able to care for their children. Any efforts to cap Medicaid funding or phase out Medicaid expansion would be devastating to children and their families.
- Please protect children’s health care coverage and oppose any funding cuts or caps to Medicaid in any health care bill you consider.
- Thank you for all you do for children.
2. Share your story.
Once you’ve called, share messages on social media to urge the Senate to keep Medicaid strong. Include the following hashtags in your tweets and posts: #DontCapMyCare, and #KeepKidsCovered.
AAP Handles to follow: @AmerAcadPeds, @txpeds, @AAPPres, @DrRemleyAAP,
Handles for Texas’ U.S. Senators: @JohnCornyn, @SenTedCruz
- .@JohnCornyn, @SenTedCruz: Medicaid gives Texas kids a better chance for a healthy future. #DontCapMyCare
- .@JohnCornyn, @SenTedCruz: I’m a pediatrician & my patients have one message: #DontCapMyCare. Keep Medicaid strong & #KeepKidsCovered!
- Medicaid matters for children. @JohnCornyn, @SenTedCruz #DontCapMyCare. Protect Medicaid in your health care bill.
Retweet the #KeepKidsCovered Test: https://twitter.com/AmerAcadPeds/status/874280467914264576
- .@JohnCornyn, @SenTedCruz Does the health care bill pass the #KeepKidsCovered Test?
- .@JohnCornyn, @SenTedCruz I am a pediatrician in Texas. Does the health care bill pass the #KeepKidsCovered Test?
- Does the health care bill pass the #KeepKidsCovered Test @SenTedCruz and @JohnCornyn? Kids in #Texas need you to #PutKids1st.
3. Spread the word to colleagues.
All pediatricians are connected to Medicaid in some way. Be the leader in your community and send an email to your networks urging them to join you in taking action tomorrow. There is power in numbers, and the more touchpoints Senators receive from constituents and child health experts, the more likely the message gets through.
For any additional questions or feedback, please contact Clayton Travis, Director of Advocacy and Health Policy with the Texas Pediatric Society at Clayton.Travis@txpeds.org. It’s time to take a stand and protect Medicaid for our state’s children. Thank you for joining us at this critical juncture.
Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, MD
President, Texas Pediatric Society