Contact Your Senators Today: Urge Them to Oppose the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act!

Posted Friday, Jun 23, 2017

Senate leadership just released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their legislative alternative to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The bill’s release comes without public hearings on the legislation and little time before a planned vote set to occur next week.  We remain concerned that the bill will undermine patient protections and potentially lead to significant losses in coverage.

It is IMPERATIVE that you contact your Senators today!  Your phone calls and emails are necessary to tell Senators our concerns about the bill.  We need to educate them about how the ACA’s patient protections have benefited persons with CHD and urge them not to pass legislation that will make it harder for adults with CHDs to access the comprehensive coverage they need.

Your phone calls and emails are what is most important at this juncture! Senate office senior staff members take notice of the volume of constituent calls and emails, which is a major part of their decision-making process. Because Senate leadership has left so little time for rank-and-file Members to consider outside opinions on the bill before next week’s vote, the short notice leaves offices unable to accommodate new meeting requests. However, as many Hill staffers agree, your calls are a much more disruptive and potent form of communication over office visits at times when the issue before Congress affects people in every home across the country.

To find out who your Senators are:

Visit www.Senate.gov 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.  It is imperative that all members of the Senate hear from their constituents, but the following Senators have expressed reservations about the bill and need to hear from you today!

  • Lisa Murkowski (AK)
  • Marco Rubio (FL)
  • Rand Paul (KY)
  • Bill Cassidy (LA)
  • Susan Collins (ME)
  • Ben Sasse (NE)
  • Dean Heller (NV)
  • Rob Portman (OH)
  • Ted Cruz (TX)
  • Mike Lee (UT)
  • Ron Johnson (WI)
  • Shelley Moore Capito (WV)

When calling or emailing your Senators, please include the following (an email template is included as well):

  • I am a constituent and I have (or my loved one has/had) congenital heart disease.
  • The ACA’s patient protections are life-saving for those with congenital heart disease and other individuals with pre-existing conditions. We must have access to specialists and therapies to lead healthy, productive lives. 
  • Share how these protections have impacted your or your loved one’s life.
  • We are also extremely concerned that the bill gives our state the ability to waive insurance rules that could weaken protections for medical conditions that were protected by the ACA’s essential health benefits (EHBs) and the minimum payments insurers must make toward medical bills.
  • I urge you to reject the Senate health reform bill and ensure that any health reform bill passed by the Senate provides access to affordable health insurance coverage for all Americans, including persons with congenital heart disease, and those with other pre-existing conditions.
Email Template                

Dear Senator [Senator’s Last Name],

On behalf of the Adult Congenital Heart Association and the millions of people across the nation affected by a congenital heart disease (CHD), I am writing to ask that Senator XXXX oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act and to support key patient protections authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

It is estimated that more than 2.4 million Americans live with congenital heart disease (CHD) and even those who receive successful intervention are not cured. Adults with CHD require ongoing, costly, highly specialized cardiac care from ACHD specialists and face a lifelong risk of permanent disability and premature death. It is imperative that this growing population has access to lifelong, specialized, expert care to manage their condition.

Accordingly, we are concerned that the Senate health care reform bill would negatively impact the CHD community by undermining patient protections and potentially leading to significant losses in coverage. As drafted, this legislation will limit the care available to Americans with chronic conditions—including CHDs—by allowing states to weaken the Essential Health Benefits (EHBs), implement policies that will make insurance coverage unaffordable for individuals with CHDs, and eliminate the Medicaid expansion and replacing the current Medicaid funding structure with a system of per capita caps or block grants.

We strongly urge you to protect your constituents by opposing the harmful Senate health care bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

 

Let us know about your interactions! Please contact Danielle Hile at ACHA (dhile@achaheart.org) to let her know any responses or continuing dialogue you have with your Senators.

 

 

 

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