Biennial Budget Will Devastate Low Income Seniors
The Governor’s Biennial Budget proposes deep and significant cuts to programs that support low income elders. They include:
- Complete elimination of Maine’s Drug for the Elderly Program (DEL) – 80,000 low income seniors and disabled adults will lose help paying for health care and prescription drugs
- Severe cuts to the Medicare Savings Program - 40,000 low income seniors and disabled adults will lose the help they’re getting.
We need you to act now!
Do you know someone who receives these benefits? Please tell them their benefits are at risk and that they need to act now to save them! Here’s how:
- Show up on April 4th at 1:00 at the State House, Room 228 to testify against these cuts! AARP has buses coming from Bangor, Sanford, Portland, South Paris and Lewiston, but you need to call now to reserve a spot on the bus – call 207-776-6310.
- Click Here to tell us your story about how these cuts will affect you – we will share your story with legislators!
- Write to members of the Appropriations Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee and ask them to reject these cuts!
Why do you need to act?
What would you do if you were 70 years old, living on a low fixed income, just struggling to get by and you received notice in the mail that you lost your drug and health care benefits? What if you had a health condition like heart or lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis or MS that required regular treatments or expensive prescription drugs? What if you found out the loss of these benefits would mean you’d now have to use more than 30% of your very limited income to cover the costs of policies, co-pays, and deductibles to access necessary treatments? What if you were told you’d have to come up with this money in just 30 days?
That’s what happened to a few thousand Mainers earlier this month when they found out they no longer qualified for the Medicare Savings Program because of cuts made by the Legislature last year. The people who have lost these benefits are panicking – they cannot afford necessary treatments, are making hard decisions not to access care and are having to leave their homes in search of cheaper living situations. We know this because the Area Agencies on Aging have been trying to help affected people.
While those cuts were bad, things are about to get a lot worse! If the Legislature approves Governor LePage’s budget proposal, 80,000 low income seniors and disabled adults will lose their health and drug benefits.
The people who just lost their benefits had NO idea this was going to happen to them. We have to get the word out to the 80,000 people who are going to lose their benefits that it’s about to happen to them if they don’t act. Please help us reach those people and help us reject this terrible proposal that will hurt Maine people and our economy.