Medicaid - the joint federal/state program that pays for medical assistance and long-term care for low-income and elderly Americans - is the principal source of health and long-term services for more than 50 million children, adults with disabilities, and Older Americans. This program extends the opportunity encompassed in the American dream to millions for whom disability and illness would otherwise present an insurmountable barrier. Under several prominent congressional proposals in both chambers, Medicaid would be restructured by capping funds flowing to states and/or creating a block grant formula. Block granting or capping Medicaid funds would result in the denial of health and long-term care to millions of vulnerable Americans.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is partnering with Jewish Federations of North Ameria to ensure that Medicaid remains a strong, federal entitlement program designed to protect the most vulnerable among us.