This article has been reprinted from ProtectHealth4Kids:
ACTION NEEDED: Contact Your U.S. Rep. TODAY
EVERY CALL COUNTS — Health Coverage for Kids is at Serious Risk
The new Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal/replace proposal being considered in the U.S. Senate is a direct attack on health care funding for California’s children, including funding for Medi-Cal, California Children’s Services, special education, and In Home Supportive Services (IHSS).
Please, call your congressional representative TODAY and urge a “NO” vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would make devastating cuts to programs and services for children with special needs.
Call the U.S. House of Representatives switchboard to be connected directly to your U.S. Representative: 202-224-3121
Find your U.S. Representative: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Ask them to: “Please vote ‘NO’ on the Graham-Cassidy bill to protect care and services for children with serious health conditions and disabilities.”
- Oppose any bill that makes cuts to Medicaid
- Work in a bipartisan fashion to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid
The Graham-Cassidy bill is a last-ditch attempt to repeal the ACA before the September 30th budget reconciliation deadline. Although the Congressional Budget Office won’t have time to analyze the impact of the bill before the voting deadline, it is estimated to hurt Californian’s more than previous proposals. The Graham-Cassidy bill would:
- Allow states to waive important consumer protections and Essential Health Benefits
- Undermine and eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions
- Cap federal funding for seniors, children, adults, and people with disabilities
- Threaten coverage for 14.1 million Californians
This proposal would cut funding for California by $35 billion. In order to make up for cuts of this magnitude, California would need to eliminate all state funding for higher education, state parks, and corrections systems—combined. Making the cuts solely to health care would require cutting Medi-Cal eligibility by as much as a third, eliminating benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services, or reducing already inadequate provider rates.
Graham-Cassidy Fact Sheet from Health Access:
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