Congress is locked in a budget battle that’s grabbed round-the-clock media attention. Lost in the coverage are the real stakes in the debate, including the lives of the more than 50 million people covered by Medicaid, which is now in the budget-cutting cross-hairs. More than half of these 50 million are people of color. Racial disparities in health coverage have already reached alarming proportions. Cuts to Medicaid would make these disparities even worse, taking a toll on the real lives of real people.
The experiences and perspectives of some of these real people are captured in Medicaid Makes a Difference: Protecting Medicaid, Advancing Racial Equity, from the Alliance for a Just Society and 14 members of its Health Rights Organizing Project (HROP), a network of grassroots organizations across the country committed to the fight for health equity. ICAN is a member of HROP.
Thanks to Medicaid, Adan Ramirez, of Heyburn, Idaho, has received medical coverage for his ailing heart. Eduardo Magaña, a youth from Burley, Idaho and his family are able to get medical checkups because of Medicaid. Without the program, none of this care would be available to Adan and Eduardo and millions of people like them.
Congress has been doling out tax breaks to corporations and millionaires. It’s time for Congress to change its priorities, because Medicaid matters, and so do our country’s communities of color.
Click here to download the MEDICAID MAKES A DIFFERENCE – Protecting Medicaid, Advancing Racial Equity report.
Click here to call your Member of Congress and tell them to protect Medicaid and stand strong for people of color.