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1 Threat to North Carolinas Health

2 Whats the Crisis? Federal budget -- cuts looming

3 Whats the Crisis? Health care on the chopping block

4 Whats the Crisis? $ 45 billion net cut over 10 years Structural changes?

5 $60 Billion Cut from Medicaid Presidents rationale for 10 year, $60 billion cut: 1.Changes to how states raise Medicaid matching dollars 2.Tightening eligibility rules for nursing home and long-term care 3.Changing the way Medicaid pays for prescription drugs

6 $15 Billion Reinvested 1.Outreach and enrollment for children 2.Extending expiring programs 3.Changes in long-term care

7 Structural Changes? Federal cap for so-called optional beneficiaries? 1.Reduced flexibility 2.Shifts costs to North Carolina 3.Coverage cutbacks

8 How Do These Federal Medicaid Cuts Hurt North Carolina? Shift enormous costs to North Carolina

9 How Do These Federal Medicaid Cuts Hurt North Carolina? Many – particularly children and seniors – may lose access to health coverage

10 How Do These Federal Medicaid Cuts Hurt North Carolina? Bad medicine for North Carolinas economy

11 Can This Train Wreck Be Stopped? STOP The Battleground is in Washington! Between now and March 7 is the best time to reach our Senators!

12 NCs Senators Are Key Senator Elizabeth Dole Senate Russell Building Rm 120 Washington, DC Phone: (202) Senator Richard Burr Senate Dirksen Office Building 40C Washington, DC Phone: (202)

13 How Can You Take Action? Contact Senators Burr and Dole by phone or mail: Tell Them: 1. Dont cut Medicaid 2. Dont make changes like spending caps or block grants

14 Other Ways to Get Involved Share a story with the local news media Write a letter to the editor Get involved with local health advocacy groups Share this presentation with others

15 For More Information North Carolina Health Access Coalition (919) North Carolina Fair Share (919) Families USAs Medicaid Action Center (202) Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (202)


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