Action Alert! Call Congress Now to Save Healthcare
March 24, 2017
The House of Representatives has rescheduled their vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – the legislation that will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – for later today. People’s health, services, and lives are at stake! We urgently need you, your family, and your friends to reach out to your Representative and tell them to stop the repeal of the ACA and the cuts to Medicaid. Call your Member of Congress today!
Last night, the House added an amendment to the AHCA that would remove Essential Health Care Benefits and time limit rehabilitation treatments, prenatal care, and vision and hearing services. Removing Essential Health Care Benefits allows insurers to offer plans that do not provide coverage on the services that allow people with disabilities to work and live independently in the community. This amendment is in addition to earlier changes that would allow a block grant option for Medicaid and Medicaid work requirements.
The bottom line: The AHCA will have a devastating impact on the services people with disabilities rely on to live and work independently in their community. Tell your Member of Congress to VOTE NO today.
Contact your Representative – call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be directed to your Representative. We need to keep the pressure on as some of the new amendments might lead to some Members of Congress flipping their “no” vote to a “yes” vote.
Tweet your Representative and tell them to VOTE NO on the AHCA.
- House of Representatives Twitter Handles
- Hashtags: #SaveMedicaid, #ProtectOurCare, #KeepAmericaCovered, #CoverageMatters
The ACA is the most significant law for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act:
- Because of the ACA, health insurers can’t deny health insurance or charge higher premiums if you have a disability or chronic condition.
- Because of the ACA, there aren’t arbitrary financial limits to how much health care you can get in a year or in your lifetime.
- Because of the ACA, more people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are able to access health care due to the Medicaid expansion.
- Converting Medicaid to a per capita cap or block grant system would result in funding cuts.
- Medicaid cuts lead to the loss of home and community-based services and supports.
- Medicaid cuts lead to the loss of critical services such as personal care, mental health, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative services.
- Medicaid cuts shifts the cost of providing health care and long-term services and supports to individuals and families.
If you need guidance on how to advocate with your Member of Congress check out these resources:
- Civic Engagement Toolbox For Self-Advocates – Autistic Self Advocacy Network
- How to Set up a Meeting with Your Member of Congress – Families USA
- Join the Fight to Protect Medicaid
Resource from the Center for Public Representation to help people with disabilities, their families, and advocates/allies understand the impact of the changes proposed in the AHCA and give them the tools to advocate.