Republicans hate the care economy. Joe Manchin blocked the Care Infrastructure Bill last year without clearly saying what he wanted, butting heads through press releases and conferences last night. Calling the bill welfare society legislation, Manchin was saying actually, no new programs like Medicare covering dental, vision, and hearing for seniors, which has left seniors below the top 10% deaf, blind with rotting teeth, and women without free childcare, leaving working women paying 1/3 of their income in childcare to go to maintain a job.
If Debt Ceiling Bill Passes Medicaid Cuts for no Employment -from Hating Care Economy
Republicans hate the care economy today. If the new Debt ceiling bill passes, Medicaid recipients will just have no vision and dental, but no Medicaid at all -if they do not work while sick or disabled.
Republicans hate the care economy. The House debt-ceiling bill cuts would put more than 10 million people at significant risk of losing health coverage by instituting a failed policy that takes federal Medicaid coverage away from people who cannot prove they meet a work-reporting requirement or qualify for an exemption. When implemented in Arkansas in 2018, 1 in 4 people subject to the policy lost coverage in just seven months, while there was no increase in employment.
When Medicaid is Cut, so is the In-Home Supportive Services Program Part of the Hated Care Economy
In-Home, Supportive Services are part of the Medicaid and care economy. So under Republican make cuts, with the new debt ceiling bill when recipients of Medicaid who are considered disabled- will be denied Medicaid if they cannot work, and they will lose their care providers – the real care economy The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program is a statewide program in California called the Medi-Cal program. It provides long-term services and supports for California residents who are aged, blind, or disabled and are at risk of nursing home placement. Available benefits include personal care assistance and homemaker services to assist these individuals in living safely and independently in their home or the home of a loved one. Program participants can self-direct their care, allowing them to choose and hire their own caregivers, including friends and relatives.
Within IHSS, there are 4 programs, the first two of which serve the majority of IHSS program beneficiaries.
If You are a Geriatric Care Manager
Many of you must deal with only the 10%, as Medicare does not cover care management. But you need to see the whole picture of the care economy. Low-income seniors on Medicaid are as important as concierge seniors and should not be dumped from Medicaid because they cannot work while experiencing all the disabilities of aging. Plus, you should not risk your own business income that will lose in spades when the new debt reconciliation bill, like your ceiling, crumbles, and cracks and cascades down through your life, severing seniors’ social security and threatening your own care management agency. So contact your congressman or woman and tell them to vote for the debt ceiling bill Common Cause has this easy way to find and contact your congressman
If You Are a Woman Work In Aging or a Democrat, Call Your Congressman
Care Infrastructure and deb ceiling failure, and financial catastrophe may be upon us if folks in health care, older constituents, and democrats of all ages do need to contact their congressman immediately and tell them to support this bill. They control the votes for the bill, and you must let them know you will only vote for them if they do. Common Cause has this easy way to find and contact your congressman. Tell them to vote for the debt ceiling bill and why.If you believe in Medicare, Medicaid recipients have the right to keep benefits without working, and for us all to go off the cliff – with the Debt Ceiling breach- social security checks not paid, our credit rate to skyrocket, the bond market to fall- what you pay for everything to soar- catastrophe all around – call not write your Congressman.
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