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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Planned Parenthood calls for action against Raimondo proposal to hike medical costs for the poor

Says it will make poor forego needed treatment and preventative care

Related imageGov. Gina Raimondo proposed, in her annual state budget, to make people covered by Medicaid pay more for their health care. This would impact all adults except those who are enrolled due to a disability or pregnancy. More than 70% of adult Medicaid members live below the poverty level.

Research shows that co-payments discourage low-income people’s use of necessary health care. The proposed cuts could add up to $10 million in out-of-pocket health care costs for low-income adults.   
It is now up to the General Assembly to reject these proposals.

Take Action Today!

Click here to send a message to Gov. Raimondo, Senate Finance Chair William Conley, House Finance Chair Marvin Abney, and your own State Senator and State Representative.

Let them know you care about health care, especially for our lowest income adults, seniors, and people with disabilities. Ask them to oppose these cuts to the state Medicaid program and ask them to be a champion in supporting low-income Rhode Island families.

The proposal includes:
  • $4 co-pay for brand name medications
  • $2.50 co-pay for generic medications
  • $3 for hospital stay
  • $3 for non-preventive care doctor’s visits
  • $8 for non-emergency use of emergency rooms
While these co-pays may seem small, for low-income people who become sick, or for those who have a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes that require monthly prescriptions, costs can add up quickly, causing serious financial difficulty and forcing people to choose between their health and other basic needs.

Learn more and stay up-to-date: Visit the Protect Our Healthcare Coalition page to sign up for action alerts and to learn more about Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act.