ACTION ALERT: CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS TODAY
AND ASK THEM TO VOTE NO ON THE SENATE HEALTH CARE REPEAL BILL
The Senate today released a draft of their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. Although there was speculation that the Senate bill might be less harmful than the version approved by the House in May, the Senate proposal would be devastating to people who need addiction and mental health care. Specifically, the Senate version of the AHCA would:
- Deeply cut Medicaid funding, end the Medicaid expansion, impose caps on federal Medicaid funds, and allow states to impose work requirements on certain beneficiaries;
- Allow states to remove essential health benefits (which require insurers to cover addiction and mental health benefits) and to weaken or strip away other key consumer health protections; and
- Result in millions of people losing their health insurance, including millions of people who need addiction and mental health care.
The Senate is expected to debate and vote on their ACA/Obamacare repeal bill as early as next week. Please call your U.S. Senators today through the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to ask them to vote against the Senate version of AHCA.
Sample call script:
I am a constituent from Senator _____’s state and am calling to urge him/her to vote NO on the Senate health care repeal bill. The Senate version of AHCA would be devastating for people in our state who need lifesaving addiction and mental health care and would cause millions to lose coverage. I strongly urge the Senator to vote NO on the Senate health care repeal bill.
Thank you for your continued work to protect good coverage for and access to addiction and mental health care! Please call us at Legal Action Center (202-544-5478) with any questions.