Advocacy Alert: Healthcare

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As we all know, Healthcare is being debated on the national level. In partnership with United Way Worldwide, we are outlining our position and providing our supporters some possible talking points when calling their representatives.

We believe:

  • Any changes to our healthcare laws should improve on existing coverage and leave intact consumer protections for all Americans.
  • Healthcare coverage should be affordable, attainable and adequate to meet the health need of children and working families.
  • Medicaid should be protected from any structural financial changes that can harm children, seniors and people with disabilities.

TWEET AND CALL YOUR SENATORS July 26-28

Sample points to make when calling Senators:

Sen. Richard Burr – Phone: (202) 224-3154     Sen. Thom Tillis – Phone: (202) 224-6342

 

Point 1: I am calling to ask the Senator to protect our healthcare from any changes to our laws that could cause millions of Americans to lose their coverage or make harmful changes to Medicaid.

Point 2: Healthcare coverage should be affordable, attainable and adequate to meet the health needs of children and families.

Point 3: Medicaid is critical to the families and communities. Currently, Medicaid provides comprehensive and affordable healthcare coverage to over 97 million Americans who would otherwise go uninsured. These include our most vulnerable populations: children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Point 4: Children with Medicaid protects working families from financial hardships and ensures their children have healthcare to remain healthy and have the opportunity to succeed in school.
 

Sample Tweets:

Richard Burr@SenatorBurr  Thom Tillis @SenThomTillis

 

[@YourSenator] Do not make changes to our healthcare laws that will cause millions to lose coverage. #ProtectPatientsNow
 
Optional additional tweets:

[@YourSenator] We fight for healthcare coverage that is affordable, attainable and adequate for all Americans. #ProtectPatientsNow
 
[@YourSenator] Protect Medicaid from changes that harm children, seniors and people with disabilities #ProtectPatientsNow  #MedicaidMatters
 
[@YourSenator] Do not make changes to our healthcare laws that will cause millions to lose coverage. #ProtectPatientsNow
 

Background

Healthcare coverage is a fundamental building block for individuals to succeed and thrive. It is not only a health issue, but a basic financial stability issue. Lack of affordable healthcare can harm working families already struggling to make ends meet. A healthy workforce is more productive and helps businesses to be profitable and local economies to thrive. Local hospitals are more profitable and solvent because they do not have to waste millions in uncompensated emergency room care. For children to succeed in school and for adults to maintain financial self-sufficiency, they must be in good health and have quality healthcare that is affordable, attainable and adequate.
 
Medicaid provides comprehensive and affordable health coverage to over 97 million Americans who would otherwise go uninsured. These include our most vulnerable Americans; children, seniors and people with disabilities. Structural financial changes to Medicaid through block grants or per capita caps will adversely impact healthcare coverage for these populations. Childhood Medicaid coverage protects the whole family from financial hardships. Medicaid is a federal/state partnership in which the federal government contributes at least $1 or more in matching funds for every $1 a state spends on the program.  

 

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