The ACA Repeal Bill is Back ~ Call Congress & Say NO

The ACA Repeal Bill is Back ~ Call Congress & Say NO

We’re passing on an important alert from our partners, Center for Medicare Advocacy on saying NO Today to the newest and far worse version of the American Health Care Act. It is dangerous and Speaker Paul Ryan is planning a vote in the next few days in the hopes that no one is paying attention. But we are. Please join us in contacting your Congress people and saying NO. Below is more information, simple action tips and numbers. Thank you! Please share!

It’s Back – ACA Repeal Bill Revived. Say No!
#ProtectOurCare and #RejectRepeal

 

They’re still at it – the White House and House leadership are pushing yet another version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which would further gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA), decimate Medicaid, and undermine Medicare.
If enacted, AHCA would cause millions of people to lose health insurance, would increase premiums and out-of-pocket costs, particularly for older adults and individuals with lower incomes, and erode coverage that people already have, particularly for people with pre-existing conditions.

Amazingly, in this latest version of ACA repeal, Congress exempts itself from this harm, while leaving everyone else subject to devastating changes to their health care.

Despite the lack of any hearings, or an updated score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reflecting the impact of the bill, a vote could be held on the bill in the coming days. Let’s stop it in its tracks.

Take Action Today!

Read this statement on AHCA, focusing on its impact on oral health coverage, issued jointly by Families USA, Oral Health America, Community Catalyst, Children’s Dental Health Project, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and then use the information below to contact your Representatives today. #ProtectOurCare

Like the original version of the American Health Care Act, the amended bill would do major harm to oral health coverage through:

  • Drastic cuts and changes to the Medicaid program. These will make it hard for states to provide adequate funding for dental care.
  • Effectively ending Medicaid expansion. This will effectively end Medicaid coverage, including dental benefits, for most working age adults.
  • Leaving 24 million less people with health insurance coverage.

The new proposal would also:

  • Remove the Essential Health Benefit (EHB) standards that protect children’s oral health coverage in the marketplace by making them a state option.
  • Let insurers charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions.

Take these urgent actions TODAY:

Call your House members at 202-224-3121 and tell them to oppose any bills that will increase the number of uninsured, cut Medicaid, and risk the health of millions. Tell them it’s time to drop the harmful campaign to repeal the ACA.

Tweet at your Members of Congress and tell them to drop the harmful campaign to repeal the ACA and to instead #ProtectOurCare.

Tell your representative to reject any bill that will increase the number of uninsured, cut Medicaid, and risk the health of millions.

Tell Congress to Stop Trying to Repeal the Affordable Care Act.
#ProtectOurCare.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.