Signature HealthCARE foot soldiers completed their mission last week to deliver petitions from all of our 11 operating states with nearly 10,000 signatures of residents, stakeholders, families and members of our communities voicing our opposition to any cuts to the Medicaid programs that protect and fund our long term care residents.
A journey that began with our great team from the AGENCY, when the first Senate attempt was underway to cut funding, the team took the message to our facilities and began the historic petition drive. When the bill “died” the first go round, we knew that our efforts were not in vain and that Congress would attempt to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act, which contained serious threats to our beloved resident population by reducing Medicaid funding for nearly 63% of the long term care population.
Knowing that we would have another opportunity to have our voices heard –when the Graham-Cassidy bill was drafted it was our time to again raise our voices and let Congress know that we would not, could not let this legislation pass.
So, amidst the chaos last week, armed with our petitions and cameras in hand, we went to Washington, D.C., met with our legislators and legislative staff, urging them to oppose any cuts to Medicaid for the aged, blind and disabled populations – our residents!
We spoke with many legislative offices, some that were in favor of the bill and others that were opposed as we were. And they listened, took notes, asked questions and in a peaceful manor, we delivered our strong message that we cannot support any cuts to a system that was designed to protect its people.
The awesome team, (The AGENCY team) Peggy King, Cait Crenshaw, Kayla Darbyshire and our incredible master of photography Randy Daniels joined me as we went office to office advocating for our residents, stakeholders, families and communities, presenting our bold statement through our #saveourNURSINGHOMES petitions. While we know that the Senate did not take the bill to vote, it will come again and we will be there, again, to raise our voices, share our message and urge Congress to protect our beloved elderly and disabled populations – our families!