Amida Care advocates for policies and initiatives that support health and social justice for the populations we serve. Amida Care’s President and CEO Doug Wirth served on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020, which produced the Blueprint to End the Epidemic, outlining plans to reduce the rate of new HIV infections in the state from 3,000 per year to fewer than 750.
Join Amida Care in Supporting the “Medicaid is US” Campaign. Medicaid is US is a TV, digital, and social media campaign to draw attention to the destructive cuts to Medicaid in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The campaign was launched by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), which works to strengthen and support not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans. Amida Care joined the Medicaid is US campaign and is a member of ACAP, which represents 60 member Safety Net Health Plans serving nearly 20 million Americans.
The Medicaid is US campaign urges Congress to reject legislation that cuts Medicaid, which serves as the backbone of health coverage for more than 74 million Americans. Medicaid isn’t welfare; it benefits working Americans. Almost 60 percent of adults with Medicaid coverage are working. Nearly half of them work for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. One in 10 veterans receives Medicaid right now. As many as 1 in 2 Americans will need Medicaid at some point during their lifetimes.
We need your help to get the word out as soon as you can – and in several ways:
• Through the Medicaid is US web site, which allows visitors to connect directly with their Members of Congress through e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.
• Through your social media platforms: ACAP has developed a suite of social media content for Facebook and Twitter which you may use as you see fit. There is also state-specific social media content available here.
• Through your employees: Share MedicaidisUS.org with your employees and encourage them to make their voices heard. Encourage the use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
• Through allied organizations: You likely work with several allied provider and/or advocacy organizations – please share the social media resources here with them and encourage them to post.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) and President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would rip apart Medicaid with devastating cuts of at least $835 billion and take health care away from 23 million Americans. People with chronic conditions like HIV, cancer, liver and kidney disease, and diabetes would have to choose between going into debt or missing out on critical, life-saving treatment.
Join Amida Care’s national online campaign with AIDS United, #ProtectAmericasHealth, to ask Congress to oppose this harmful legislation. There’s no time to lose—the time to act is now! When you sign on, a pre-written letter will be sent to your U.S. Senators and Member of Congress. The form will only take a few minutes to complete.
Please forward this information to your friends and family in New York and across the country, asking them to sign on and to share #ProtectAmericasHealth on social media. We can make a difference if enough of us step up and make our voices heard! Thank you for your support.
Background on Amida Care’s Involvement in DSRIP Population Health Initiatives
On April 14, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a groundbreaking waiver that allows New York State (NYS) to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings generated by the Medicaid Redesign Team reforms. The resulting Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program promotes community-level collaborations and focuses on system reform, specifically with a goal to achieve a 25% reduction in avoidable hospital use by 2020. Since then, Amida Care has worked closely with NYS and with providers throughout New York to maximize the impact to the DSRIP program for its members and other Medicaid beneficiaries with complex chronic conditions.
Amida Care applied for and received a planning grant that supported efforts to develop recommendations for community-based projects aimed at meaningful transformation of the chronic illness sector (see full report below). Amida Care also conducted citywide and statewide advocacy to advance its priorities and recommendations, including focusing on statewide inclusion of HIV/AIDS projects and citywide inclusion of all five recommendations in DSRIP applications, and specifically acting as a community liaison between DSRIP and the State’s Ending the Epidemic (EtE) Task Force.
Following the planning process, Amida Care was funded by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute to facilitate a statewide learning collaborative to support NYC Performing Provider Systems (PPSs) to implement their selected HIV/AIDS projects, and to support HIV/AIDS-focused community-based organizations’ involvement in DSRIP population health projects, including those that intersect with ETE efforts. < Read more>