Medicaid Cuts in West Virginia Under Graham-Cassidy
Senator Capito supported TrumpCare the first time around, but she can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Capito should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would cut federal funding for West Virginia by an estimated $554 million by 2026, or because there are 32,000 West Virginians relying on the ACA for substance abuse treatment that would see their care jeopardized under Graham-Cassidy.
29% of West Virginians are covered by Medicaid or CHIP, and Graham-Cassidy destroys Medicaid as we know it. It ends the Medicaid expansion in West Virginia and every other state that chose to expand, and then caps traditional Medicaid in a way that will leave many West Virginians without a way to get the care they need.
There has been no meaningful bipartisan process like Senator Capito said she stood ready to participate in after the failure of the last TrumpCare bill. Tell Senator Capito to stand up for West Virginians instead of standing with Trump and McConnell.
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT
Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Capito will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?
Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.
Caller: I hope that Senator Capito will oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, like any bill that transforms ⅙ of our economy should. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, which is critical for many West Virginians who need treatment for opioid abuse. 29% of our state relies on either Medicaid or CHIP, and this bill replaces the Medicaid expansion with an inadequate block grant that expires in 2026.
Staffer: Senator Capito is committed to making sure that West Virginians have the affordable coverage they need.
Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues on the bipartisan process that had been underway under the leadership of Senator Alexander and Senator Murray.
Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.
Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Capito to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what she decides to do.