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Medicaid Awareness Month: Republicans Wage War on Medicaid As 85 Million Americans Rely on The Program for Affordable Health Care

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Washington, D.C. — On the first day of Medicaid Awareness Month, Protect Our Care is releasing a new national report detailing Republican plans to slash Medicaid and rip coverage away from millions of Americans. While Medicaid Awareness Month is a celebration of how this vital health care program has touched millions of families across the nation, it is also an important reminder that Medicaid remains under attack by Republicans. 

“Republican lawmakers are playing a dangerous game as they escalate their attacks against Medicaid and affordable health care,” said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “If MAGA Republicans get their way, Medicaid coverage will be ripped away from kids, seniors, and working people who count on it, reversing all of the progress made by Democrats and the Biden-Harris administration. The consequences of the GOP plans for Medicaid would be devastating, and they are entirely out of step with voters across parties.”

More than one in four Americans are covered through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and the program serves people from all backgrounds, including children, mothers, people of color, people with disabilities, working families, rural Americans, and seniors. Yet Republicans won’t stop trying to make it harder to access affordable care. The latest GOP budget proposal slashes trillions from Medicaid through block granting and calls for work reporting requirements and other bureaucratic measures designed to throw people off their coverage. GOP leaders in 10 states have failed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), blocking 1.6 million people from lifesaving coverage. Three states under GOP leadership have also failed to expand Medicaid coverage to mothers for 12 months postpartum, refusing to help address the growing maternal mortality rate as one in three pregnancy-related deaths occurs between six weeks and one year after birth. 

On the other hand, President Biden and Democrats in Congress have defended Medicaid from GOP attacks, created multi-billion dollar incentives for Medicaid expansion, stopped onerous work requirements, pushed for expanded postpartum coverage, and worked to minimize the impacts of Medicaid unwinding. The contrast with Republicans could not be clearer. 

Protect Our Care will continue to host events and activities throughout Medicaid Awareness Month, which includes the following themes each week:

  • Week 1: Republican threats to Medicaid. Week one will focus on how Republicans are actively seeking cuts to Medicaid while GOP leaders in 10 states continue to block Medicaid expansion. 
  • Week 2: Medicaid helps people of color and rural Americans. Week two will highlight how Medicaid is a critical tool to expand access to coverage, which together with policies that address other social and structural determinants of health, narrow stark disparities in health care, improve families’ financial security, and make people healthier. 
  • Week 3: Medicaid helps women and kids. Week three will bring attention to the vital role of Medicaid for mothers and children across the country.
  • Week 4: Medicaid helps seniors and people with disabilities. The final week will focus on how Medicaid helps seniors and people with disabilities access lifesaving care.