Contact Your Senators about Health Reform

Posted Monday, Jul 24, 2017

Tomorrow, the Senate will likely vote on a “Motion to Proceed,” the first step to open debate on health reform legislation. If the motion passes, the Senate may consider the 2015 Obamacare Reconciliation Repeal Act (ORRA) or the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which the Senate has been debating over the last few months. One thing that is clear is that both bills would fail the Jimmy Kimmel test—“No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it”—since they would increase out-of-pocket costs and reduce coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like congenital heart defects (CHD). No matter your political beliefs, this is not the solution.

Over the past few months, ACHA has asked that you call your Senators to share your thoughts on health care reform. Even if you have already called and emailed, please do so again today and tomorrow. We need to continue to raise our voices!

Please call your Senators to ask them to vote NO on the “Motion to Proceed” to open debate on the health reform bill. If the motion passes, health insurance and access to care for the entire CHD community – and millions of people with chronic, pre-existing conditions – is at risk. We will update ACHA’s members on the outcome of the vote and any next steps.

To find your Senators:

Visit and select your state from the drop-down menu bar next to the American flag at the top of the page. This will take you to a page with phone and email contact information for your two Senators. You may also call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to connect you to one of your Senator’s office.