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Letter to the Senate Urging to Sign the Attached Letter Being Circulated by Senators Rockefeller and Snowe

September 24, 2008

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we urge you to sign the attached letter being circulated by Senators Rockefeller and Snowe calling for a temporary increase in the federal Medicaid match as part of a stimulus package.

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia are projecting deficits for 2009 or 2010. A growing number of states have made or are considering harmful cuts in health care, education and other vital services.

A temporary increase in the federal Medicaid match is a proven, effective way to provide relief to states and protect the health care of millions of Americans. In 2003, a similar temporary increase successfully staved off drastic cuts in Medicaid funding and eligibility.

The cutoff for signing the Rockefeller-Snowe letter is close of business today. Again, we urge you to add your name to this very important letter.


Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy