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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

6/7/2010

Action Alert: Call Your Senators Today to Demand an Extension of FMAP

As early as tomorrow, the Senate is expected to decide whether to reinstate the FMAP extension into H.R. 4213. In more than 30 states, budgets are so dire that state legislatures are faced with the possibility of having to eliminate social services and jobs in order to help balance budgets. Take a moment TODAY to call your Senators to tell let them how much FMAP means to you. If you have personal stories of the impact that the extension of FMAP monies will have for the children and families you serve, particularly child welfare spending, feel free to share that as well.

Use the toll free number below to call upon your Senators to support restoring the six-month extension of the increased federal Medicaid match, also known as the FMAP.

ACTION REQUIRED
Call your U.S. Senators. To be connected with your Senators, dial 888.340.6521. Once you input your zip code, you will have the option of selecting which Senator from your state you would like to contact.

THE MESSAGE
Reinstate the six-month FMAP extension into The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, HR 4213, because it provides additional funding for Medicaid payments to states that are at risk of cutting social services and eliminating jobs.

BACKGOUND
Prior to the recess last week, the House came closer than ever before to passing an extension of the enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) rates. However, the FMAP provision was removed at the last minute as the House voted to approve H.R. 4213. Now, as the bill moves to the Senate, Congress has another chance to put federal aid for Medicaid back into the bill BUT your Senators need to hear from YOU. It is time to let them know that if they neglect to include a six-month extension of FMAP, Medicaid services and jobs are at risk of being cut and/or eliminated in many states.

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