Dear Member of Congress,
In order for our children and families to thrive we must have the support we need, including dependable, affordable healthcare and the ability to put food on the table. Sadly too many of our families are struggling, living paycheck-to-paycheck. For these families healthcare and nutrition programs like Medicaid and SNAP are a lifesaver!
Support systems like Medicaid and SNAP keep families out of poverty, give kids a healthy start in life, help parents work, and fuel our economy. Currently over 70 million people are covered by Medicaid, including 10 million people with disabilities. Medicaid covers half of all births in the United States, and 60% of nursing home patients. 70% of SNAP participants are in families with children and over half of those families have at least one adult in the household working. The last thing American families and our economy needs are policies that are balanced on the backs of our nation’s families or so-called “welfare reform” packages that will keep us from putting food on the table for our children or getting the healthcare our families need. After all, 72% of our GDP is based on consumer spending, and if the majority of the people don’t have funds to spend, then our economy runs out of gas.
We need you to show real leadership and protect vital healthcare and nutrition programs from funding cuts, structural changes (including block grants), barriers to access (including work requirements), and partisan fast tracking process.
Help our families grow up healthy and happy by protecting the healthcare and nutrition programs that boost our children and our economy!