Few political issues have been discussed more this legislative session than proposed changes to the federal medical system upon which so many Illinois patients rely. Congress was recently considering a House of Representatives proposal that would inflict severe damage to the Medicaid system that remains a vital part of the care received by area patients. Over the past three months we have frequently blogged on the efforts by some legislators which may have severe consequences for many area residents.
Last week brought some welcome news as the U.S. Senate voted to reject the proposal known as the “Ryan House Budget” which would have turned Medicare into a private voucher system-ultimately slashing funding for Medicaid and making it a block-grant program. However, while the defeat of that bill was encouraging, other proposals have been brought forward that are seeking similar changes. It is therefore more important than ever for advocates to contact their U.S. Senator and voice opposition to plans that would destroy Medicaid.
In fact, the Consumer Voice has mentioned that this time of the year is an ideal time for the effort because the week following Memorial Day marks the beginning of the constituent season for most members of Congress. It is during this time that most federal elected officials head home to their state to discuss issues with members of the community who they represent. For that reason, it is vital that advocates against the growth of Illinois medical malpractice and patient rights to use the opportunity to advocate against plans to cut, cap, or block-grant Medicaid.
Specifically, it is imperative that all advocates take the time today to contact their U.S. Senator and urge that they oppose these cuts and changes. There remain a variety of ways to make your voice known. Attendance at a town hall meeting, an email, letter, or phone call are all great ways to share your message and stand up for the rights of medical patients. The advocacy effort will go a long way to ensuring that the quality of medical care in our area does not deteriorate. Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti remain proud to fight each day for the rights of those seeking medical care in our state.
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