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Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, and Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader , Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, and Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader - Over 150 Members Urge Rejection of GOP Efforts to Repeal Protections for Vulnerable Families, Shove Them Off Medicaid Amid Pandemic

Letter

By: Adam Smith, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, Jr., Donald McEachin, Elaine Luria, Jim Langevin, Mike Doyle, Jr., Conor Lamb, Matt Cartwright, Chrissy Houlahan, Mary Scanlon, Dwight Evans, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Marcia Kaptur, Paul Tonko, Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Steven Horsford, Dina Titus, Xochitl Torres Small, Albio Sires, Alma Adams, David Price, G.K. Butterfield, Jr., Emanuel Cleaver II, Angie Craig, Brenda Lawrence, Rashida Tlaib, Andy Levin, John Sarbanes, Bill Keating, Stephen Lynch, Katherine Clark, Joe Kennedy III, Jim McGovern, Clay Higgins, Cheri Bustos, Lauren Underwood, Bill Foster, Brad Schneider, Jan Schakowsky, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Sean Casten, Mike Quigley, Bobby Rush, Abby Finkenauer, Tulsi Gabbard, Lucy McBath, Sanford Bishop, Jr., Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Lois Frankel, Kathy Castor, Darren Soto, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Eleanor Norton, Jahana Hayes, Joe Courtney, John Larson, Jason Crow, Diana DeGette, Juan Vargas, Alan Lowenthal, Nanette Barragán, Maxine Waters, Mark Takano, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sánchez, Karen Bass, Ted Lieu, Grace Napolitano, Tony Cárdenas, Adam Schiff, Julia Brownley, T. J. Cox, Jimmy Panetta, Zoe Lofgren, Ro Khanna, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, Jerry McNerney, Doris Matsui, Mike Thompson, Jared Huffman, Ruben Gallego, Ann Kirkpatrick, Tom O'Halleran, Pramila Jayapal, Peter Welch, Filemon Vela, Jr., Marc Veasey, Colin Allred, Eddie Johnson, Sylvia Garcia, Henry Cuellar, Joaquin Castro, Sheila Jackson Lee, Veronica Escobar, Vicente Gonzalez, Al Green, Lizzie Fletcher, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, David Cicilline, Susan Wild, Madeleine Dean, Brendan Boyle, Kendra Horn, Tim Ryan, Marcia Fudge, Joyce Beatty, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Deb Haaland, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Ann Kuster, Chris Pappas, Bennie Thompson, Ilhan Omar, Betty McCollum, Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee, Chellie Pingree, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, Ayanna Pressley, John Yarmuth, André Carson, Danny Davis, Jesus Garcia, Robin Kelly, David Scott, John Lewis, Hank Johnson, Jr., Donna Shalala, Frederica Wilson, Ted Deutch, Alcee Hastings, Sr., Charlie Crist, Jr., Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy, Al Lawson, Jr., Rosa DeLauro, Susan Davis, Jimmy Gomez, Judy Chu, Anna Eshoo, Raul Grijalva, Terri Sewell, Lloyd Doggett II
Date: April 21, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer,

We are concerned about reports that there are efforts to undermine the maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Families First) in the next relief package. We greatly appreciate your fight to include these critical provisions in the prior legislation and write to strongly urge you that no modifications be made in future legislation to ensure our neighbors are able to continue their Medicaid coverage in these trying times.

Modifying or repealing the MOE requirements would be an invitation for our states to provide even less assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors, especially in states that already have restrictive Medicaid programs. It would be extremely harmful to millions of children, seniors, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities and others who rely on Medicaid across the country.

States are required to balance their budgets even in a recession; many may turn to the Medicaid and CHIP rolls to save money, kicking people out of the programs and severely restricting eligibility, while also possibly limiting the benefits offered. During past recessions, Governors have exerted pressure to eliminate MOE requirements, acknowledging that they wanted to cut eligibility. Any modification to the strong MOE provisions in Families First put the entire Medicaid protection at risk.

With nearly 30 million uninsured patients prior to this crisis and millions filing for unemployment each week across the country, it is vital that we protect the Medicaid program from destructive cuts. We can ill afford to have even more people without coverage at a time when it is essential.

The health of our most vulnerable neighbors and the broader public health are at stake. We urge you respectfully, but in the strongest possible terms, to protect the MOE requirements to ensure our neighbors are able to keep the health coverage they need.


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