Save Medicaid

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Legislators in both the US Senate and US House of Representatives are working on legislation that includes severe cuts to Medicaid, the largest insurance provider in the country and the single most important funding source for the support services that Americans with developmental disabilities and their families rely upon to lead healthy, dignified, and meaningful lives in our communities.  These cuts could potentially reach $834 billion or more over 10 years.  In addition, the President’s Budget Proposal includes an added $610 billion in cuts.  That’s over $1.4 trillion in Medicaid Cuts over 10 years, which would be catastrophic to our support system.

Now is the time for developmental disabilities advocates to act!

As a community, we need to be sure that our federal legislators hear us, see us, and understand just how important the continued full funding of Medicaid is to us, our families, and our friends.  We need to call on members of the general public, those with disabilities and without them, to join us in this effort.  And we need YOUR HELP to do it!

Below, the NJCDD has provided printed materials, sample letters, contact information for legislators, and more to assist you in making your voice heard.

For additional assistance, please feel free to contact us at 609-292-3745.

US Senate

Senator Robert Menendez

Washington, DC Office: 202-224-4744
Fax: 202-228-2197
Email: https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact
Twitter@SenatorMenendez
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senatormenendez

Senator Cory Booker

Washington, DC Office: 202-224-3224
Fax: 202-224-8378
Email: https://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=contact
Twitter@SenBookerOffice
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/corybooker

US House of Representatives

To find your Representative, enter your home address here

Congressman Donald Norcross (District 1)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-6501
Fax (Cherry Hill Office):856-427-4109
Email: <https://norcross.house.gov/contact/email-me
Twitter@DonaldNorcross
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DonaldNorcrossNJ

Congressman Frank LoBiondo (District 2)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-6572
Fax: 202-225-3318
Email: https://lobiondo.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Twitter@RepLoBiondo
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FrankLoBiondo

Congressman Tom MacArthur (District 3)

Washington, DC Office: (202) 225-4765
Fax: (202) 225-0778
Email: https://macarthur.house.gov/contact/email
Twitter@RepTomMacArthur
Facebook: http://www.facebook.co/CongressmanTomMacArthur

Congressman Chris Smith (District 4)

Washinton, DC Office: 202-225-3765
Fax: 202-225-7768
Email: https://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/zipauth.htm
Twitter@RepChrisSmith
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Congressman-Chris-Smith/371621772908416

Congressman Josh Gottheimer (District 5)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-4465
Fax: 202-225-9048
Email: <https://gottheimer.house.gov/contact/
Twitter@RepJoshG
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepJoshG

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (District 6)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-4671
Fax: 202-225-9665
Email: https://palloneforms.house.gov/contact/email/

Twitter@FrankPallone
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/repfrankpallone

Congressman Leonard Lance (District 7)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-5361
Fax: 202-225-9460
Email: https://lance.house.gov/contact/email-me
Twitter@RepLanceNJ7
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CongressmanLance?v=wall&ref=ts

Congressman Albio Sires (District 8)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-7919
Fax: 202-226-0792
Email: https://sires.house.gov/contact/email
Twitter@RepSires
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Albio-Sires/81058818750

Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (District 9)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-5751
Fax: 202-225-5782
Email: https://pascrell.house.gov/contact
Twitter@BillPascrell
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pascrell

Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (District 10)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-3436
Fax: 202-225-4160
Email: https://payne.house.gov/contact/email-me
Twitter@RepDonaldPayne
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonaldPayneJr

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (District 11)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-5034
Email: https://frelinghuysen.house.gov/contact-form/
Twitter@USRepRodney
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rfrelinghuysen

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (District 12)

Washington, DC Office: 202-225-5801
Fax: 202-225-6025
Email: https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/contact/contactform.htm
Twitter@RepBonnie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepBonnie/

If you’re not sure what to say when calling your representatives, use one of these helpful scripts

For People with Disabilities

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am your constituent.

I live in (your town) and I have a disability.

I need to talk to you about the changes to Medicaid that both houses of Congress are working on. I know a bill passed in the House of Representatives in May and is right now being discussed in the Senate.

I need (Legislator’s Name) to know that Medicaid is very important to me. My Medicaid provides me with (list what you get from Medicaid – As examples, you might say: physical therapy, caregiver to help dress/bathe/eat, supported employment, medical equipment…).

I don’t know what I would do if my Medicaid was cut or reduced in any way. I might have to move into an institutional setting to receive the care I need since any cuts to Medicaid would make it very hard to get care in the community.  I want to live, work, and receive care in my community.

I am a very concerned that Per Capita Caps, which will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid, will mean that I won’t have my Medicaid or get less support through my Medicaid in the future.

Please tell (Legislator’s Name) to protect my Medicaid. Medicaid is my lifeline for living in the community.

Thank you,
(Your Name)

 

For Family Members/Friends

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am your constituent.

I live in (your city). I want to tell you about (name of your family member/friend) who has a disability. They rely on Medicaid to make sure they can live in the community and not in an institution.

I need to talk to you about the changes to Medicaid that both houses of Congress are working on. I know a bill passed in the House of Representatives in May and is right now being discussed in the Senate.

I need (Legislator’s Name) and his/her Health Staff Person to know that Medicaid is very important to me. (Name of Family Member/Friend)’s Medicaid provides them with (list what your family/friend gets from Medicaid – As examples, you might say: physical therapy, caregiver to help dress/bathe/eat, supported employment, medical equipment, respite services…).

I don’t know what we would do if their Medicaid was cut or reduced in any way. I am very concerned they might be forced into an institutional setting to receive the care they need since any cuts to Medicaid would make it very hard to get care in the community.

I am a very concerned that Per Capita Caps, which will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid, will mean that they won’t be able to live in the community because their Medicaid will be cut or reduced.

Please tell (Legislator’s Name) to protect Medicaid. Medicaid is the lifeline of New Jerseyans with disabilities living in the community.

Thank you,
(Your name)

Below are some Sample Letters that you can send to your local newspaper or news website

FAMILY MEMBER Sample Letter #1
FAMILY MEMBER Sample Letter #2
PWD Sample Letter #1
PWD Sample Letter #2

For a list of the News Outlets closest to you, visit: http://www.njpa.org/njpa/member_newspapers/county_map.html

For additional information on the Medicaid cuts proposed by Congress and the President, download our Medicaid Fact Sheet and the NJCDD’s Statement Regarding Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.  You can then print these out to share with members of your community, or fax or email them to your representatives

NJCDD Statement on Medicaid and the ACA
NJCDD Medicaid Fact Sheet

Twitter

Someone you know is going to be harmed by cuts to #Medicaid. Contact (Insert Twitter Handle of Your Legislator, listed above) to #SaveMedicaidNJ! (Insert Phone Number of Your Legislator, listed above)

Cuts to #Medicaid will hurt ppl w/ disabilities, kids, & elderly in NJ. Contact (Insert Twitter Handle of Your Legislator, listed above) to #SaveMedicaidNJ! (Insert Phone Number of Your Legislator, listed above)

Over 300k ppl w/ disabilities in NJ rely on #Medicaid. Contact (Insert Twitter Handle of Your Legislator, listed above) and tell them NO CUTS NO CAPS! (Insert Phone Number of Your Legislator, listed above)
#SaveMedicaidNJ!

#Medicaid is critical to kids, ppl w/ disabilities, & elderly in NJ. Contact (Insert Twitter Handle of Your Legislator, listed above) and tell them to #SaveMedicaidNJ! (Insert Phone Number of Your Legislator, listed above)

The NJCDD is collecting testimonials and personal stories about how cuts to Medicaid would affect you and your family, which we will be sending to our elected representatives.  Email us at njcdd@njcdd.org to get involved!

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