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ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate: It’s time to scrap this bill

We’ve won another week. The Senate thought that this was the week they could repeal the Affordable Care Act and destroy Medicaid, but your persistence made them think twice. Now they’re not sure they have the votes they need – but neither does our side. We need more Senators to commit to vote NO – and they won’t do that without hearing from you.

Here’s what’s at stake:

  • Health insurance for 22 million Americans
  • Access to the care we need, regardless of disability or pre-existing condition
  • Coverage for mental health, maternity care, occupational and speech therapy, prescription medications, and more
  • Protection from discriminatory insurance practices such as annual and lifetime caps on coverage
  • Medicaid waivers for services and supports that allow disabled people all over the country to live in our communities

Here’s what you can do:

Attend local actions and events. Families USA has a list of upcoming rallies and events in many states. If you don’t see a local action on the list, try searching online for “upcoming healthcare rallies [name of your state]” to find other organizations near you that may have upcoming events. Check out the Center for Public Representation’s Action Center for more ways to get involved.

Go to your Senators’ local offices and tell their staff what you think. To find your Senators’ local offices, visit contactingcongress.org. Under the contact information for each Senator, there is a list of their local offices. You can contact or visit these offices to set up a constituent meeting – this is one of the most effective ways to get your point across to an elected official.

Keep calling. You can find your Senators’ contact information by entering your ZIP code at contactingcongress.org. If you find it easier to leave an answering machine message than to talk to a staffer on the phone, you can call after work hours, and your message will still be counted. If you don’t speak, you can call using your AAC device, or get a friend to call in and read your message. Here’s a script you can use:

Script for calling your Senator
My name is [your full name]. I’m a constituent of Senator [Name], and I live in [your town]. I’m calling to ask the Senator to vote NO on repealing the Affordable Care Act. If this bill is passed, 22 million Americans will lose health insurance. This bill takes away protections that patients depend on, and pays for it with massive cuts to Medicaid. As a result, disabled people in our state will lose access to lifesaving health care and be forced into institutions. People with disabilities like [me/ my family member/ my friends] are not disposable, and our Medicaid is not your trust fund. Please vote AGAINST repealing the Affordable Care Act. It’s time for Congress to scrap repeal, leave Medicaid alone, and work together to improve the ACA. We’re counting on you to do the right thing.

Share your story by participating in the Arc’s emergency Medicaid Matters to Me Letter Writing Campaign. If you or a loved one rely on Medicaid or a waiver for health insurance or other disability services, take a moment to write a letter to your Senators explaining why Medicaid matters to you, and email it to jorwic@thearc.org. Make sure to include your state in the subject line, and send the email by midnight on Wednesday. The Arc will print your letters and hand deliver to them to your Senators!

A bill that puts millions of Americans’ health care — and lives — at risk is not a replacement for the ACA. It’s time for Congress to scrap this bill, and work together on a meaningful, bipartisan basis to improve the Affordable Care Act and make health care better for all of us. Let’s take this week to end this dangerous bill once and for all.

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