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National Alliance to End homelessness announces opposition to Graham-Cassidy
Today the National Alliance to End Homelessness officially announced its opposition to the legislation—known as the Graham-Cassidy plan—that the Senate is considering this week. There is much speculation in the media about whether the bill will pass the Senate before a September 30th deadline, but the Alliance believes it to still be alive. In fact, throughout negotiations, the bill's most damaging components (which drastically cut Medicaid funding), continue to be its basis.
Medicaid is essential to combating homelessness. It enables homeless people to treat physical and mental health needs, and provides services for people in permanent supportive housing. Medicaid coverage also prevents people in poverty from experiencing acute medical or financial crises which may lead to homelessness.
The Alliance is grateful for everyone who has reached out to their Senators to voice opposition to this bill, but we need to keep up the pressure. We believe the passage of the Graham-Cassidy bill would be devastating to our country’s most vulnerable citizens, and have detailed our concerns in an announcement you can read here.
The next 48 hours will be crucial to protecting the resources communities need to fight homelessness, and your voice is making a difference. We’ve put together tools to make it easier to reach your Senator, and together, we can send a message that they need to:
Vote NO on any healthcare bill that cuts, caps, or block grants Medicaid, or phases out the Medicaid expansion in any way.
Commit to protecting coverage guarantees and service affordability for people escaping homelessness, including services for people with severe health or mental health conditions, and those recovering from substance abuse disorders.