Action Alert! Ask Congress to Vote NO on the American Health Care Act
Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that would result in 24 million Americans losing health insurance coverage and $880 billion in cuts to federal Medicaid spending by 2026. The AHCA would create a greater financial burden on our health care system and for people living with or at risk for hepatitis B.

Please email or call your Representative TODAY to voice your concerns about the AHCA!

E-MAIL TEMPLATE: Download Hep B United's customizable email template here
You can look up your representative here.

CALL-IN NUMBER: The Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is deploying a call-line to urge the House not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. You are welcome to use the below text and call-in number to share with your networks. Alternatively, feel free to develop your own text and use APIAHF's call-in number.
Key Concerns about the AHCA and its Impact on Hepatitis B:
  • Repeals the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF)-a major source of funding for the CDC's Section 317 Immunization Program, which:
    • helps state and local health departments to purchase and supply HBV vaccines to children and adolescents
    • helps ensure that infants at risk of contracting HBV from their infected mothers can be identified and provided with the HBV vaccine at birth to prevent mother-to-child transmission
    • supports the Vaccines for Children Program, vaccine effectiveness studies, disease surveillance, outbreak detection and response, vaccine coverage assessment, vaccine safety and provider education programming, community linkages, and screening activities.
  • Makes changes to Medicaid that could reverse critical progress that has been made since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 in decreasing the uninsured rate of AAPIs
  • Limits the amount of Medicaid funding states receive, which will affect funding given to key health entities that serve AAPIs, such as federally-qualified health centers
  • Eliminates federal matching dollars for Medicaid expansion, making it harder for state Medicaid programs to fund coverage for preventive services, such as hepatitis B screening and vaccination for pregnant women and high-risk adults
  • Limits tax credits to persons who are citizens or "qualified aliens," leaving out many immigrant groups with lawful status, including COFA migrants from the Pacific Islands (without this financial assistance, lawfully present AAPIs and other immigrant groups who are disproportionately impacted by hepatitis B may no longer be able to afford health coverage)
 
Hep B United Coalition Partners Across the Country
Hep B United Partners
Community Partners: Asian American Health Coalition (HOPE Clinic). Asian American Health Initiative. Asian Health Coalition. Asian Pacific Health Foundation. Asian Pacific Community in Action. Asian Services in Action Inc. Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS). Charles B Wang Community Health Center. Chinese American Medical Society - Greater Boston Chapter. CCACC Pan Asian Volunteer Health Clinic. Dallas Fort Worth Hepatitis B Free Project. Hep B Free Las Vegas. Hep B Free Los Angeles. Hep B Project. Hep B United Philadelphia. Hep B United Twin Cities. Hep Free Hawaii. Hepatitis B Coalition of WA. Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, DC. Hepatitis Education Project. Mercy Housing and Human Development. Midwest Asian Health Association. New Jersey Hepatitis B Coalition. North East Medical Services. NYC Hepatitis B Coalition. NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH).  Ohio Asian American Health Coalition. Project Prevention. SF Hep B Free. 
National Non-Profit Partners: Hepatitis B Foundation. Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART). National Task Force on Hepatitis B. National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.  Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Immunization Action Coalition.
Federal Partners: US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Viral Hepatitis, HHS. HHS Office of Minority Health. White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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