This week the Senate is considering the FY 2005 budget resolution – the tax and spending blueprint for the coming fiscal year – that includes $11 billion in proposed cuts to the Medicaid program over the next five years. Under the budget resolution, these cuts take the form of binding instructions to the Senate Finance Committee to reduce federal matching funds to Medicaid program without specifying where to make the reductions. However, under Senate rules these assumptions in the budget carry enormous weight and result in a procedural requirement for cuts later in the year.
As early as March 11, the Senate will be voting on a series of amendments to restore proposed reductions (and mandatory instructions to Senate committees to cut funding) set forth in the budget resolution. In particular, NAMI is supporting amendments:
NAMI advocates are urged to contact their Senators and urge them to support:
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