A Message from Disability Rights Pennsylvania
The United States Senate is preparing to vote NEXT WEEK on the Graham Cassidy Amendment that will mean millions, including many people with disabilities, will lose health insurance.
Graham-Cassidy is more devastating to healthcare than any other proposal. It does not simply reduce the ACA’s commitment to healthcare, it ends it all together. Medicaid Expansion and subsidies for individual insurance? Gone in 2026. What’s also gone? Protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Also eliminated are the standards that ensure everyone has access to high quality health plans. What is the same is that it guts Medicaid and radically reduces care for children, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Timeline: The Senate Finance Committee hearing on Monday is just for show. Right now, we don’t have witness lists or even an agenda. Monday or Tuesday, we will get an incomplete, partial CBO score. We expect debate to resume where it left off in July, on Wednesday. Debate has expired and so it will be debated on meaningless amendments until the majority leader has the votes. It will go immediately at that point to a vote. This will happen sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Work will be wrapped up in the Senate by Friday at noon. The House is likely to also try to pass this by the end of the day Friday to avoid time back in districts for it to fall apart.
Here’s what you need to do RIGHT NOW:
Send comments to the Senate Finance Committee. Share the story of why Medicaid matters to you. Share how you would lose coverage if people with pre-existing conditions are not guaranteed coverage.
Submit comments by Monday at 9am to GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov.
Thank you for all you are doing to #SaveMedicaid!
Disability Rights Pennsylvania