The American Health Care Act currently being debated in Congress has a lot to do with our funding at KenCrest. Our primary funder is Medicaid. Medicaid matches state dollars with federal dollars. The bill as it stands introduces caps per person on federal dollars for Medicaid. If you listen to the nightly news, you will hear the debate and the politics around health care reform. Many on both sides of the aisle recognize that this bill will bring cuts, and that is what the caps are. In our field, we are facing national staff shortages and waiting lists. Millions of Americans, most of them seniors, children, and people with disabilities, are supported by Medicaid. The caps will force governors in each state to cut services to these people who rely on us for help.
At KenCrest, we rely on Medicaid for early intervention, and all our adult services for people in all three states rely on Medicaid. In PA, Governor Wolf has just introduced the first optimistic budget for IDD in over ten years. Governor Wolf has spoken out in opposition to this new legislation. We simply cannot support a per capita limit which this bill proposes.
If you agree, take action. If you are not sure, get educated. It is easy for find your elected official. For staff, when you click here to find a new summary document on the new act. Please take action. Congress needs to hear from all of us to find another way to improve health care reform.
I would love the opportunity to get to hear your interest and help you raise your voice.