Birddogging Questions for Town Halls: ACA & Medicaid

  • Give name and town/neighborhood
  • Offer personal story if you have one (brief), start with “having Medicaid coverage has saved my life…”
  • Ask pointed Question and politely stay on task to get an answer

Medicaid Questions

  • Speaker Ryan and others in your party want to make radical and harmful changes to Medicaid. What will you do to oppose these plans and ensure that people like me don’t lose health coverage?
  • There has been a lot of debate about Obamacare, but I’ve heard that Republicans also want to make huge cuts for federal Medicaid funding and leave Florida to make up the difference. That would hurt a lot of people in our state – including children with special health care needs and people with disabilities. Do you support Speaker Ryan’s proposals and cuts to Medicaid or not?
  • Having Medicaid coverage has changed my life. [Insert personal story here] There has been a lot of debate about Obamacare, but I’ve heard that Republicans also want to make huge cuts for federal Medicaid funding and leave Florida to make up the difference. That would hurt a lot of people in our state – including children with special health care needs and people with disabilities. Do you support Speaker Ryan’s proposals and cuts to Medicaid or not?
  • Many of America’s gains, including a significant reduction in the uninsured rate, can be tied directly to offering more people coverage through Medicaid. What will you do to protect expanded Medicaid coverage?

Affordable Care Act Questions

  • Will the 20 million Americans who gained coverage under ACA be able to keep their plans?
  • Will the law protect older adults, women, and people who have pre-existing conditions by preventing insurance companies from locking them out of plans or charging them unaffordable premiums?
  • Will families get help paying premiums based on what they can afford, so that lower income families get more help than wealthy Americans?
  • Will the plan address families’ number one concern: lowering deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs? And will it ensure coverage for essential services like maternity care, prescription drugs, and no-cost preventive services?
  • Will the plan maintain or increase current investments in states’ Medicaid programs so our state can continue providing affordable coverage to low-income families, children, people living with disabilities and seniors and continue to invest in quality improvements and innovative delivery systems?

Talking Points for FL Health Care Issues

Close the FL health care gap for 600K hardworking moms and dads, veterans and the unemployed so that they can get the coverage they deserve

  • All Floridians deserve the security of knowing they can see a Dr. when they need to without worry of bankruptcy. Many uninsured are just one injury or illness away from bankruptcy and or homelessness.
  • We can reduce uncompensated care burden to our hospitals by allowing people to see a Dr, rather than the ER when they are sick.
  • The most a family of 3 can make in a YEAR and still qualify for Medicaid in FL is $6,831. For many, paying for health care has to compete with priorities like paying for food and rent.
  • Closing the coverage gap will decrease health disparities between Latinos and other communities as well as Blacks and other communities by providing more Latinos and Blacks with access to preventive screenings, prenatal care, wellness and routine checks.
  • Medicaid expansion would give tens of thousands of FL vets access to desperately needed and comprehensive health care.
  • Preventive care saves lives and should be available at no cost share to incentivize preventive checkups.
  • No one should be denied care for pre-existing conditions.
  • I believe a high risk pool will create discrimination against those that have medical problems, and be so costly that they will not be able to get care.