Sample Phone Call Scripts

If you’re not sure what to say when calling your representatives, use one of these helpful scripts.  Remember that encouraging legislators who support Medicaid cuts to change their mind is only half the work.  We should ALSO contact those who oppose these cuts, to THANK THEM for helping to protect Medicaid.

For People with Disabilities  To contact legislators who support Medicaid cuts

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am your constituent.

I live in (your town) and I have a disability.

I need to talk to you about the changes to Medicaid that both houses of Congress have been considering this year.

I need (Legislator’s Name) to know that Medicaid is very important to me. My Medicaid provides me with (list what you get from Medicaid - As examples, you might say: physical therapy, caregiver to help dress/bathe/eat, supported employment, medical equipment…).

I don't know what I would do if my Medicaid was cut or reduced in any way. I might have to move into an institutional setting to receive the care I need since any cuts to Medicaid would make it very hard to get care in the community.  I want to live, work, and receive care in my community.

I am a very concerned that Per Capita Caps, which will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid, will mean that I won't have my Medicaid or get less support through my Medicaid in the future.

Please tell (Legislator’s Name) to protect my Medicaid. Medicaid is my lifeline for living in the community.

Thank you,

(Your Name)

For People with Disabilities – To contact legislators who oppose Medicaid cuts (Thank You)

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am your constituent.

I live in (your town) and I have a disability.

I want to thank (Legislator’s Name) for his/her work this year to help protect Medicaid funding, and to urge him/her to keep up the fight to protect Medicaid.

I need (Legislator’s Name) to know that Medicaid is very important to me. My Medicaid provides me with (list what you get from Medicaid - As examples, you might say: physical therapy, caregiver to help dress/bathe/eat, supported employment, medical equipment…).

I don't know what I would do if my Medicaid was cut or reduced in any way. I might have to move into an institutional setting to receive the care I need since any cuts to Medicaid would make it very hard to get care in the community.  I want to live, work, and receive care in my community.

I am a very concerned that Per Capita Caps, which will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid, will mean that I won't have my Medicaid or get less support through my Medicaid in the future.

Please tell (Legislator’s Name) that I appreciate his/her help in protecting Medicaid, and to keep up the hard work! I’m counting on him/her to save Medicaid – my lifeline for living in the community.

Thank you,

(Your Name)

For Family Members/Friends – To contact legislators who support Medicaid cuts

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am your constituent.  

I live in (your city). I want to tell you about (name of your family member/friend) who has a disability. They rely on Medicaid to make sure they can live in the community and not in an institution.

I need to talk to you about the changes to Medicaid that both houses of Congress have been considering this year.

I need (Legislator’s Name) and his/her Health Staff Person to know that Medicaid is very important to me. (Name of Family Member/Friend)'s Medicaid provides them with (list what your family/friend gets from Medicaid - As examples, you might say: physical therapy, caregiver to help dress/bathe/eat, supported employment, medical equipment, respite services…).

I don't know what we would do if their Medicaid was cut or reduced in any way. I am very concerned they might be forced into an institutional setting to receive the care they need since any cuts to Medicaid would make it very hard to get care in the community.

I am a very concerned that Per Capita Caps, which will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid, will mean that they won't be able to live in the community because their Medicaid will be cut or reduced.

Please tell (Legislator’s Name) to protect Medicaid. Medicaid is the lifeline of New Jerseyans with disabilities living in the community.

Thank you,

(Your name)

For Family Members/Friends – To contact legislators who oppose Medicaid cuts (Thank You)

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am your constituent.  

I live in (your city). I want to tell you about (name of your family member/friend) who has a disability. They rely on Medicaid to make sure they can live in the community and not in an institution.

I want to thank (Legislator’s Name) for his/her work this year to help protect Medicaid funding, and to urge him/her to keep up the fight to protect Medicaid.

I need (Legislator’s Name) and his/her Health Staff Person to know that Medicaid is very important to me. (Name of Family Member/Friend)'s Medicaid provides them with (list what your family/friend gets from Medicaid - As examples, you might say: physical therapy, caregiver to help dress/bathe/eat, supported employment, medical equipment, respite services…).

I don't know what we would do if their Medicaid was cut or reduced in any way. I am very concerned they might be forced into an institutional setting to receive the care they need since any cuts to Medicaid would make it very hard to get care in the community.

I am a very concerned that Per Capita Caps, which will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid, will mean that they won't be able to live in the community because their Medicaid will be cut or reduced.

Please tell (Legislator’s Name) that I appreciate his/her help in protecting Medicaid, and to keep up the hard work! I’m counting on him/her to save Medicaid – the lifeline of New Jerseyans with disabilities living in the community.

Thank you,

(Your name)


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