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ACA Repeal in Congress-URGENT

Friday, September 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Miriam Nisenbaum
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The Senate is back with the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill, and it’s just as bad as the previous attempts to devastate healthcare in our country.  The Graham-Cassidy bill reduces federal spending and block grants Medicaid, while also waiving certain essential benefits and cutting protections for people with pre-existing conditions.  Virtually every health group, including NASW, has come out in opposition to the bill, along with most major insurers and a bipartisan group of Governors.


In Texas, Medicaid is available to only pregnant women, the severely disabled and children, and by transforming the program from one that is per capita and based on eligibility to a block grant, our state would only receive a finite amount of dollars for these populations.  Even though the Graham-Cassidy bill redistributes Medicaid dollars among the states, thus providing an initial rise in the amount flowing to Texas, the funding we take from low-income workers in other states would still see us lose an estimated $120 billion in health funding by 2036. According to one analysis, 2.8 million Texans will lose health coverage by 2027 under this legislation.


The Senate has until September 30th to pass the Graham-Cassidy bill, so we need you to act now and contact your Senator and tell them to oppose the bill.  Call 202-224-3121 and ask to speak with either Senator Cruz or Senator Cornyn, and then call back and ask to speak with the other Senator.  Additionally, you can ask to speak to the offices of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY, likely no) Senator Susan Collins (R-ME, likely no) Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK, possible no) and John McCain (R-AZ, possible no), whose votes may very well be the deciding factor on whether the bill passes or not.


Please spread the word on social media.  Tell your colleagues to help oppose this harmful legislation.  Thank you for all of your advocacy efforts and together we can try and fix, and not dismantle, healthcare in America.

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