LeadingAge Members Hold Rally to Oppose Medicaid Cuts

LeadingAge members Menorah Park and Montefiore of Beechwood, Ohio, held a rally with their residents, family members, and board members to protest the proposed cuts in Medicaid being considered by Congress, generating 600 letters to their senator, Rob Portman (R-OH). In addition to the Plain Dealer, the rally was covered by TV 19 and the Cleveland Jewish News. Senator Portman is playing a critical role in developing the Senate’s legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and change the funding structure of the Medicaid program. Read more at Cleveland.com.

Senator Sherrod Brown Holds Teleconference with LeadingAge Ohio Members

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) held a teleconference with CEOs and other executives of more than 40 LeadingAge Ohio members, including top leaders of various aging services providers, to discuss the Senate’s action on health care legislation that could include large cuts to Medicaid. Sen. Brown focused on cuts to Medicaid and proposals to cap benefits at a certain amount per beneficiary. He urged Medicaid supporters to continue advocacy efforts to all members of Congress, and said it is highly effective when residents tell their own personal stories of how important Medicaid coverage is for them.

The conversation was organized by LeadingAge and led by LeadingAge Ohio CEO Kathryn Brod. LeadingAge Ohio members were tremendously engaged in the discussion. Many expressed concern about what Medicaid cuts and per capita caps would mean for their residents. The Senate is expected to act as soon as next week on health care legislation.