DAVIS: DC Council continues recreation as Medicaid coverage of 250,000 residents threatened

Did you know that while the DC Council is on vacation this month, Medicaid coverage for more than 250,000 district residents is under threat at the end of September?

In December 2020, the Contracts Appeal Board (CAB), a council in place to oversee public procurement, ordered the district government to reassess the fairness and reimbursement of Medicaid-run care organizations in the district of Columbia. The DC mayor and council had more than nine months to ensure Medicaid coverage for 250,000 DC residents would continue uninterrupted. These 250,000 residents rely on Medicaid for primary care, emergency care and prescription drugs. Of course, proper monitoring of contracts is essential, but we are disappointed that the board has decided to continue its month-long vacation when Medicaid coverage for so many residents in the district is threatened.

We fully understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has occupied much of the DC government’s time and energy, as it rightly should, but Medicaid is the lifeline that is helping so many residents of the district to pay for medical care which is more important than ever! We expect our elected officials to lead in times of crisis and protect Medicaid coverage for some of the district’s most vulnerable residents. It is high time DC leaders addressed this problem, rather than retreating to their corners and leaving low-income residents to fend for themselves. Now at the eleventh hour, we demand that they put aside the rhetoric and blame attribution and simply do this ASAP for the residents of DC.

Call the mayor, call the council chairman, call your council member and ask him to act now to prevent DC residents from losing Medicaid coverage. And call AARP District of Columbia at 202-434-7700 or email us at dcaarp@aarp.org to share the importance of Medicaid coverage to you, your family, friends, or neighbors.

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