Advocacy Matters

As we woke up to read the news this morning, many were surprised by the 49-51 vote that ended – at least for the time being – the Senate’s ambition of passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  Though we are grateful to the Senators who voted against the measure – especially Senator McCain, Senator Collins, and Senator Murkowski – we are more grateful for you.

Because of your dedicated advocacy and passion for older people and people with physical disabilities, we were able to send hundreds of letters, phone calls, emails, and faxes to Senators McCain and Flake.  Your courage in sharing your stories and struggles so others can live with the security of health coverage as they age is admirable.  Thank you for your advocacy and dedication.

In the coming months we will work together with Representatives and Senators from both sides of the aisle to protect vital aging services that are at risk in the Presidential budget.  Medicaid is still a very real concern since the Presidential Budget proposal suggested that Congress cut Medicaid funding by 22%. PCOA is concerned about the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) – PCOA’s Medicare Counseling program- which was proposed to be eliminated under the President’s budget.  We need your continued advocacy and support to protect things like the Social Services Block Grant and Community Development Block Grant that help thousands of people in southern Arizona get the help they need to live independently and with dignity as they age.

Today is a day to appreciate your success and hard work.  Joining together with concerned citizens and advocates, we were able to halt the dangerous cuts and caps to Medicaid proposed by the Better Care Reconciliation Act and the American Health Care Act.  Tomorrow we will continue to fight for a budget that secures aging services for thousands of southern Arizonans.

On behalf of all of us at PCOA, thank you for your advocacy.

With sincerest gratitude,

W. Mark Clark

President and CEO