Medicaid is a vital health care program to communities of color – it provides coverage to low-income children and families, and ensures that seniors and people with disabilities can get the nursing home and long-term care that they need. What many don’t realize is that Medicaid is also a major driver of economic growth. Federal funding to state economies stimulates business activity and creates jobs.
Despite this, the recent Republican budget proposal calls for some of the largest cuts to Medicaid in the history of the program. Medicaid cuts would be devastating to our communities – 30 million African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Pacific Islanders get health care through the Medicaid program. Along with the risk of losing benefits or coverage altogether, these cuts would also have a significant and harmful effect on state economies and jobs.
To illustrate those economic consequences, Families USA has released the report, Jobs at Risk: Federal Medicaid Cuts Would Harm State Economies, which looks at how the Republican budget proposal would reduce state business activity and jobs. Communities of color have been hit particularly hard by the economic recession, and the potential of even more job loss would be devastating for our communities.
Today, Families USA also released our updated Medicaid Calculator, which allows you to determine the economic impact of proposed Medicaid cuts in your state. Simply choose whether you want to look at the impact of federal or state Medicaid spending cuts, click on your state, enter the proposed cut, and you’ll see the projected loss of business activity and jobs.
July recess has already begun with the House of Representatives out from June 25 to July 5, followed by the Senate from July 2 to July 10. Use this recess to reach out to your members about the importance of Medicaid. Schedule a district office visit, submit a letter-to-the-editor or op-ed to your local paper, or attend a town hall or community forum. Let your voice be heard!
Congress will face tough decisions about deficit reduction when they return to Washington, so use this opportunity to send the message: Don’t cut Medicaid!
Medicaid cuts would cause serious harm to every state economy, putting millions of racial and ethnic minorities who depend on Medicaid at risk of losing their care. The message is clear: Don’t cut Medicaid.
Health Equity Department