The United States Senate has finally released its version of a bill to repeal the protections of the Affordable Care Act which has been named the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that also proposes huge cuts to Medicaid. It's clear that these cuts would be
to people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid-funded services and supports to live and work in their communities.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Everyone has a story, and there is power in sharing it. If Medicaid matters in your life,
NOW is the time to share your Medicaid story
with members of the United States Senate. They need to understand the positive impact Medicaid has in lives of millions of Americans with disabilities each and every day.
WHAT DO YOU SAY?
- I am your constituent.
- I am a person with a disability [or I am a family member of someone with a disability or I am a professional in the disability field].
- "Please do NOT allow cuts or caps to Medicaid."
- "Because of Medicaid, I have healthcare and supports to live in my community. For example, I use my services to _____________________________________."
- "If I don't have these Medicaid-funded supports, my life will be harder because _____________."
HOW TO CONTACT UNITED STATES SENATORS
Oregon's Senators, Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley, are both very supportive of the disability community and will not be voting for this bill. However, they still need to hear your story because they can share it with their Senate colleagues and they are keeping tallies of the contacts they have with their constituents so each contact you make is extremely important.
Even if you have reached out to them already, please share your story again and ask for their support in stopping this legislation that would have a devastating impact on the disability community. Reach out to them by phone or email or via their website or on social media . . . whatever modes work best for you.
Make calls to their offices in Washington DC at
Send them an email at:
Share your personal story about Medicaid in their story banks:
ADVOCATE ACROSS AMERICA
Reach out to your family and friends across the nation to support your advocacy efforts to save Medicaid by contacting their United States Senators and urge them to vote NO on the BCRA!
Please encourage your family and friends to call their
United Senators via the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reject the current draft of the BCRA.
We want all U.S. Senators to be urged to reject Medicaid Cuts & Caps, including:
Alaska: Murkowski & Sullivan
Nebraska: Fischer & Sasse
North Dakota: Hoeven
South Carolina: Graham
South Dakota: Rounds & Thune
West Virginia: Capito
It's "GO!" TIME and your stories, along with the stories of many other people with disabilities across the country, can and will make a huge difference!
Don't delay! Take action today to save Medicaid today!