My Virginia Medicaid Matters

October 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

David BurdsAs you can see from our cover story there is a tremendous concern by the elderly and people with disabilities about the future of Medicaid. We know that if there are cuts to Medicaid on the federal level there will be cuts on the state level.

The first things to receive cuts are the Medicaid Waivers. These people who depend on the Waivers, due to financial straits, have opted to have Medicaid services in the home rather than possibly have to be institutionalized or have their loved ones institutionalized. 

These Waivers are: Alzheimer’s Assisted Living (AAL), Day Support, Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD), HIV/AIDS, Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Supports (IFDDS), Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation (ID/MR), and Technology Assisted (Tech).

With these Waiver services, Virginians who are elderly and or disabled and lacking the funds for in home care and services, have those needed services to prevent institutionalization. Without them many of these people will be institutionalized.

Even though studies again and again demonstrate that Medicaid Waivers save the state money, the Waivers are often the first to receive cuts. To prevent these cuts we must let our General Assembly members know that we demand that assistance for the most vulnerable not be touched!

ECNV staff and member at the RallyLast month about 75 people representing ECNV (2,500 people nationwide) gathered at the U.S. Capitol to voice their opposition to federal Medicaid cuts. Now on the state level we need our Virginians to be heard by our state senators and delegates. Go to www.ecnv.org or call ECNV to find your senator and delegate and email or write them a letter to preserve the Virginia Medicaid Waivers.

By David Burds, ECNV Executive Director
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Fall 2011 Edition)

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