Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
Washington, D.C.–SEIU-UHW member Ollie Allen, a medical assistant from Kaiser Vallejo joined 25 other SEIU-UHW members, healthcare advocates and lawmakers in Washington, D.C. today to urge legislators to preserve Medicaid funding. The press conference on Capitol Hill comes on the heels of today’s national day of action, in which voters in more than 100 key congressional districts are urging lawmakers to focus on jobs, not program cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
Standing together in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, lawmakers and advocates highlighted how Medicaid is a critical safety net in keeping the nation healthy. Medicaid provides nursing home care to seniors, covers one-third of the nation’s births, provides access to home care for older Americans and people with disabilities, and delivers essential preventive and primary care for low-income children.
If lawmakers cut Medicaid, one in five Americans would be at risk of losing access to healthcare. In addition, recent public opinion polling shows that 70 percent of voters strongly oppose cutting Medicaid in the name of deficit reduction.