Major Health and Consumer Groups to Spotlight Vital Importance of Medicaid to Protect the Health of Millions of Americans

Alexandria,
September 8, 2011

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association, and Families USA will hold a news conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, to spotlight a particularly vulnerable group of Americans whose essential health is threatened by potential Medicaid cuts.

The groups will outline their concerns about—and objections to—cuts to the Medicaid program, which could leave millions of Americans with such medical conditions as cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease, and stroke without access to their doctors, medications and treatments, or hospital care.

To illustrate the extent of impact to individuals and families, the groups are releasing state-specific reports on four of the nation’s largest states at the Wednesday event. These reports for California, Illinois, New York, and Texas detail the number of children, adults, and seniors in each state who rely on Medicaid for treatment of cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart attack, and stroke.

An additional 18 state-specific reports will be released in September and October via teleconferences. Reports for the remaining 28 states and the District of Columbia will be released online at www.familiesusa.org. Release dates will be announced at the national press event on September 14.

Note: To assist reporters who are not able to attend the event in person, the live audio feed of the teleconference will be made available and reporters will be able to ask questions from offsite.

WHAT:     News Conference and Release of Medicaid-Related Reports for California, Illinois, New York and Texas

WHERE:   Fourth Estate room, 13th Floor, National Press Building, 529 14th St N.W. Washington, DC

WHEN:     9:45 a.m., Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

HOW:       To participate toll-free from offsite, call 1-800-671-8331

WHO:

  • Christopher Hansen, President, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
  • Gina Gavlak, Vice Chair, National Advocacy Committee, American Diabetes Association
  • Charles D. Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association
  • Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)