For Immediate Release: Thursday, Jan.11 , 2017
Donna De La Cruz,
Denying Medicaid Coverage to People Who Cannot Work is Cruel and Inhumane
(WASHINGTON)—The Trump Administration today issued a cruel and inhumane blow to families who depend on Medicaid for health coverage by allowing states to implement work requirement rules in order for families to remain eligible for benefits. This Administration is determined to destroy our health care system by attacking and undermining the Medicaid program. They failed at repealing the Affordable Care Act and gutting Medicaid in Congress and now are trying to use regulations to attack the program instead, an effort that is in violation of federal law.
“This is the first time since this incredibly essential program was formed that the federal government has demanded that Medicaid recipients show they can work to get needed health care,” said Dorian Warren, president of the Center for Community Change Action (CCCA). “What the Trump Administration does not understand, or does not seem to care about, is that Medicaid was formed to help low-income people get health care so they can provide for their families.”
“These families depend on Medicaid to help them protect their families,” Warren said. “They are working but sometimes their jobs don’t provide health care. Or they aren’t making enough to pay for health coverage.”
“Medicaid helps keep the most vulnerable in our communities—the elderly, pregnant women, the disabled, children and many others–healthy,” Warren said. “It is unfathomable that the Trump Administration would want to deny these large segments of Americans health coverage. This decision is incomprehensible and heartless and shows a complete disregard of low-income communities in this country.”
“CCCA will be working with partners nationwide to demand that Medicaid eligibility rules not be changed. These families need to be protected, not punished,” Warren said.
The Center for Community Change Action (CCC Action) empowers the people most affected by injustice. CCCAction uses training, political advocacy and electoral tools to help low-income people build political power and push for policy changes that improve their lives. For more information go to www.cccaction.org and follow us on Twitter @CCCAction