ACTION ITEM: Governor Baker and Cuts to MA Medicaid


FOCUS: MA Healthcare
GOAL: Oppose MA budget cuts to Medicaid
DEADLINE: ASAP – legislature will vote any day now

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WHAT’s HAPPENING:

While Governor Baker has criticized the GOP’s efforts to gut Medicaid in their various Trumpcare bills, he is simultaneously pushing for cuts to MassHealth that are projected to remove 140,000 low-income, non-disabled Massachusetts residents off the vital, “safety net” program. Fortunately, his MassHealth-related budget cut proposal was rejected by the Statehouse. However, Massachusetts business groups are pressuring Baker to send the budget back to the Statehouse amended with MassHealth cuts. 

In addition to the content of this budget, the way it’s being processed has also raised concern with some people. While advocates promise that legislators will seek public comment at some point in the process, others are concerned that the budget is being pushed through too quickly and without full due diligence. In an interview with WBUR, Senate Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) said, “At a moment when we are rightly horrified by the lack of transparency in the health care debate on the national level, we must stick to our principles and ensure such an important proposal goes through the proper process.”

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WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Contact Governor Baker’s office by phone or email to let him know you oppose budget cuts to MassHealth.

  • Boston Office: 617.725.4005
  • Springfield Office: 413.784.1200
  • CD Office: 202.624.7713

Bonus Action:  

Write the Conference Committee Members from the Joint Committee on Ways and Means to let them know you oppose any new attempts by Governor Baker to cut MassHealth:

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