Help Remove Circumcision from Colorado Medicaid!
Jun 20, 2020 09:46AM
By Lawrence Becerra
As many of you may know, a legislator snuck circumcision back into Colorado Medicaid in 2017. But now, due to COVID-19, the Colorado budget is being slashed like never before. This is a great time to make sure the members of the Colorado Joint Budget Committee know there is public support for removing circumcision from Medicaid!
A handful of longtime intactivists in Colorado have already reached out to them, so at least a couple of the legislators are aware of this as a potential savings. We don't need to be forceful here; the legislators are facing an impossible task of trying to reduce spending on all fronts, especially Medicaid. They will be desperate for any savings they can find.
We need to make sure they know there is public support for this change, and therefore have nothing to fear if they remove circ from Medicaid.
Please keep your messages short and polite. Here's an example that you can copy-paste:
Subject: Remove Circumcision from Medicaid and CHP+
Dear Legislators, please remove newborn circumcision from Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus. Circumcision is elective, cosmetic surgery and Colorado can't afford to waste health care funds on it. Removing circumcision from Medicaid is the right decision!
Here's contact information for the 6 members of the Joint Budget Committee:
All 6 email addresses:
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
And if you'd like to send individual emails, here are their names, positions, and emails:
Rep Daneya Esgar, D, Chair, [email protected]
Sen Dominick Moreno, D, Vice Chair, [email protected]
Rep Julie McCluskie, D, [email protected]
Sen Bob Rankin, R, [email protected]
Rep Kim Ransom, R, [email protected]
Sen Rachel Zenzinger, D, [email protected]
We sincerely hope that all of you are safe and healthy during these crazy times! Thank you for your help!