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Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities: Why It Is Important to Preserve the Maintenance Of Effort Requirement in the Affordable Care Act

Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities: Why It Is Important to Preserve the Maintenance Of Effort Requirement in the Affordable Care Act

Right now, many states are considering making cuts to Medicaid. On January 7, 2011, governors from 28 states sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leadership asking Congress to remove the maintenance of effort requirement. Stripping this important protection from the law would allow states to cut Medicaid eligibility, which could place many of the 14.7 million seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid at risk of losing the health coverage they depend on. And the consequences extend beyond beneficiaries—their families, their communities, their states, and their states’ economies would also be harmed.