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Action Alert: Call TODAY about the Health Care Bill

Beth Hess - Monday, July 24, 2017
See the below action alert from FREDLA and contact your senator today! 

Capitol Hill Update - Monday, July 24, 2017

While we still do not know which health care bill the Senate will consider on Tuesday, we have gotten confirmation this weekend that a vote will happen tomorrow. There are different versions of various bills under consideration. 
No matter which version of the bill will be voted upon, the drastic cuts to needed health care coverage in all versions are unacceptable, and we urge all senators to vote NO on these bills. The earlier in the voting process we can end this, the better. We are asking senators to first vote NO on the "motion to proceed" to a debate which precedes their vote on the bill.

Action steps: 
  • Call your Senators: 202-224-4524 for Senator Ben Cardin and 202-224-4654 for Senator Chris Van Hollen
  • Call Majority Leader McConnell: 202-224-2541
  • Contact Governor Hogan
Tell them: "As a constituent and a [person with mental illness/parent of a child with mental illness/supporter of people with mental illness], I am asking Senator [NAME] to vote NO on any of the health care bills currently under debate."
Message: Vote NO on the motion to proceed!
Talking Points:
  • All bills under consideration end the Medicaid expansion, which has enabled millions of people with behavioral health conditions to gain health insurance, including coverage of mental health and substance use disorders. If the expansion is repealed, those millions will lose their insurance.
  • Senator [NAME] should oppose all bills that repeal the Medicaid expansion and since all of the bills under consideration do that, the Senator should vote NO on the motion to proceed.
Message: Vote NO on caps or cuts to Medicaid!
Talking Points:
  • Medicaid is the backbone of our health care system. It provides critically needed services for people with mental illness and other disabilities, including health care services in the community for people with serious mental illness, employment services, services that help people stay housed, and services that help students learn in school. Medicaid matters!
  • I ask Senator [NAME] to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act and any bill that caps or cuts Medicaid.
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