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5 Ways to Be a Healthcare Advocate

As you have probably heard by now, Congress is trying to repeal health coverage by gutting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is a big deal. Independent, credible experts agree that a repeal of the ACA without an immediate replacement would leave almost 30 million people uninsured, including 4 million children. That’s really the bad news. The good news is that MomsRising members from across the country have been fighting alongside millions of other healthcare advocates to make sure we don’t go back to the pre-ACA days! AND IT’S WORKING! We’ve seen this through a massive slowdown of Republican’s initial goal of having the ACA repealed in January—It hasn’t happened yet, and that’s in large part due to a national outcry from the tens of millions of people who stand to lose their healthcare coverage. Wondering how you can help, too? Becoming a healthcare advocate may seem scary at first but with our five tips it can be a fun and empowering experience! Here are five ways you can help

How To Call Your Senator

One thing that you probably keep hearing is that you should call your elected officials. And yes, we understand that sounds a little bit scary. But honestly, it's easier than you think. Calling is the most powerful ways to put pressure on your representatives — even more than social media, email, or snail mail. Why? It shows commitment to a cause. And representatives know that if they don't hear the concerns of their constituents, it could impact their ability to get reelected. So, if you want to pick up the phone, we've laid down step-by-step instructions for calling your representatives. We even included a script! Okay, to be honest, I don't know who my representative is. Believe us, you're not alone. Many people don't know who their senators and representatives are. And that's okay. You can go HERE and choose your state. It will list your Senators and their contact information. Thanks! Now, how do I contact t

House ACA Repeal Bill Puts Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs at Severe Risk

JUNE 14, 2017  BY JESSICA SCHUBEL The Senate is currently considering the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — the House-passed bill that would not only effectively end the Medicaid expansion, but radically restructure federal financing for virtually the entire Medicaid program, threatening coverage for tens of millions of Americans.   THESE CHANGES TO MEDICAID WOULD MAKE IT ESPECIALLY HARD FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS, INCLUDING THOSE WITH DISABILITIES.  These changes to Medicaid would make it especially hard for children with special health care needs, including those with disabilities, to get the care they need to stay healthy, remain in their communities, and succeed in life. Medicaid provides affordable and comprehensive health coverage to over 30 million children, improving their health and their families’ financial well-being. [1]   In addition to the immediate health and financial benefits that Medicaid provides, children covered by Medi

Update: Health Care Legislation

 from National Family Voices Health Care Legislation As reported in  the  May 10  Update , the House approved the  American Health Care Act  (AHCA, H.R. 1628) on  May 4  with only Republican votes. In addition to replacing significant parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), that bill would fundamentally restructure and cut the Medicaid program. (See the  May 10  Update  and the list of articles and resources below.) Status of Bill.  Since the last issue of the Washington Update (May 24) the House bill has been transmitted to the Senate and has been "read" twice meaning it is now ready for consideration on the Senate Floor, bypassing any committee consideration. Senate amendments to the House bill are being developed by separate groups of Senators in private meetings, and are not likely to be unveiled until shortly before the bill goes to the Floor. See  Republican Senators Unaware of Health Care Details  (Roll Call, June 12). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (