Advocacy Alert Update: Senate Bill Makes Deeper Cuts to Medicaid!

June 23, 2017

The secret Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is out.  Called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), it makes even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House bill!

The votes in the Senate are too close to call.  It could happen. They are planning to work BCRA and pass a bill by June 30th.

Even deeper cuts to Medicaid, the end of Medicaid expansion and most coverage guarantees of the ACA means a Senate bill that will be devastating to people with disabilities and older Americans.

There is no time to waste. Our sources have clearly told us that we have until next week to contact Senators and tell them they will be held accountable and must not support gutting Medicaid to give giant tax breaks for the richest 1,500 families in the US (This really is the goal; to transfer billions of dollars from Medicaid for poor people to the rich).

Advocates should contact Senator Jerry Moran and hold him to his recent public statements that he doesn’t support cutting Medicaid, will protect coverage of pre-existing conditions and will lower costs and make coverage more affordable.  The AHCA bills do none of these things!

Please Act Now!

Contact Senator Jerry Moran, Phone: D.C. office, 202-224-6521 & Olathe office, 913-393-0711; Email: (via Moran’s website only), https://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-jerry

Other key players who need to hear from you are Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orin Hatch and the rest of the committee.

Contact Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Phone: 202-224-2541, Email: (via McConnell’s website only), https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Contact Senator Orin Hatch, Phone: 202-224-5251, Email: (via Hatch’s website only), https://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-orrin

Call the Senate Finance Committee at 202-224-4515 and let them know you do not support AHCA and cutting Medicaid, the ACA and Medicaid Expansion or discrimination against pre-existing conditions!

An easy way to do very effective advocacy is to take a selfie holding a sign that says – “Don’t cut Medicaid/Protect ACA coverage”  or if you are on Medicaid or are paid through Medicaid, hold a sign that says “I am Medicaid”. Send the pictures to us at: ksiek@tilrc.org and we will get them sent along for you.

For more information call Kevin Siek at 785-233-4572.

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