The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
Advocates Say Proposed Medicaid Changes Would Disproportionately Hurt Vulnerable Communities
June 10, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Plans circulating in Congress to modify the Medicaid health care program threaten to put millions of America’s most vulnerable citizens – minorities, seniors, children, and people with disabilities – at risk, warn civil and human rights advocates.
On a June 9 press call, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, joined Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, Tony Coelho, board chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities and a former Congressman, Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of State and National Group at AARP, and Linda Guzman, a single parent from Chapel Hill, N.C, to call attention to the negative effects of proposals such as a balanced budget amendment, global spending caps or turning Medicaid into block grant program, which would severely restrict the ability of states to structure Medicaid programs effectively.
“Medicaid is one of the most important health care, anti-poverty and civil rights programs in American history,” Henderson said. “When it comes to safeguarding vulnerable populations, Medicaid—along with Social Security and Medicare—is one of the bedrock elements of a just society, and one that every American has a stake in protecting.”
Covering about 58 million people, Medicaid provides essential health coverage to low- to moderate-income children, parents and pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities. The program is widely viewed as a successful anti-poverty measure.