Across the country, talk of cutting Medicare and Medicaid has created a political firestorm – and some politicians say it’s necessary to balance the federal budget.

We couldn’t disagree more.

Medicare and Medicaid provide a safety net for our most vulnerable community members – including children, pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities – and more Americans than ever rely on the coverage they provide. Medicaid provides stable health coverage and services for 11% of Asian Americans and 14% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. In addition, over 14% of Asian seniors rely on Medicare and Medicaid for health coverage.

Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would put health care coverage at risk for millions.

It would mean many doctors would turn away patients, resulting in higher health care costs for all. It would mean reduced access to well-child care, breast cancer screenings and prenatal care. It would mean uncertain futures for patients living in nursing homes. And it would mean many seniors would not be able to afford their medications or the medical equipment that helps them continue living in their own homes.

We can’t let this happen. Take action today!

Please join the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and other national organizations to let Congress know that it’s simply unacceptable to balance the budget on the backs of vulnerable Americans.