Medicare/Medi-Cal

Protect Medicare and Medi-Cal Campaign
The main threats to Medicare are the attempts by Congress to turn the program into a voucher or coupon program giving a limited stipend for health insurance and leaving patients at the mercy of insurance companies. We cannot stand by as these voucher proposals would shift Medicare costs to seniors.

Medi-Cal is also at risk as Congress seeks to turn it into a block grant program. With this change every state would receive a lump sum to cover lower-income residents, regardless of how much healthcare actually costs. There is an equally unacceptable alternate proposal to distribute grants to all lower-income residents, again without regard to the actual costs of care.

CARA fights to protect these critical programs that directly impact the lives of seniors. Past actions include celebrating the anniversary of Medicare at the many offices of various California legislators.