ACT TODAY TO PROTECT SERVICES AND SUPPORTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME
Congressional leaders are starting the process to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) and “replace” it. While Congress has passed many bills to repeal the ACA in the past, a potential Presidential veto kept them from becoming law. However, President-elect Donald Trump has campaigned-on and said that he will sign an ACA repeal bill.
The Senate is planning to pass a budget that will begin the process of repealing the ACA as soon as JANUARY 11, without having a replacement plan identified.
No matter where your political preferences lie, the disability community has concerns. This is important because Medicaid provides most of the supports and services people receive that allow them to live and work in the community, including medical services, aides, etc. The repeal of the ACA will negatively impact the availability of Medicaid services and could eliminate a guarantee of health insurance for individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as Down syndrome.
What We Can Do: We must educate our Members of Congress before January 11th about why the ACA is so important to everyone, but especially to people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. There are key provisions in the ACA that support the health and well-being of people with disabilities that we cannot lose. Because of the ACA:
Health insurers cannot deny health insurance if you have a disability or chronic condition.
There aren’t arbitrary financial limits to how much health care you can get in a year or in your lifetime.
More people with disabilities receive supports and live in the community, not institutions.
20 million adults and children now have health insurance thanks to Medicaid expansion and health insurance subsidies. Millions of young adults have been able to stay on their parents’ plans.
Health insurers provide people with the services they need (i.e. mental health services; rehabilitation; health care services that help individuals keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living in the home and on the job.
There are countless other provisions in the ACA that are important to people with disabilities. The ACA has unquestionably improved access to care for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to help them live healthy, independent, and fulfilling lives. Learn more here.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office. To find out who your Senators are, go to: whoismyrepresentative.com.
Tell your Senator:
Vote NO or DELAY A VOTE on the Budget package that leads to eliminating the Affordable Care Act, until an alternative can be reviewed, evaluated and discussed with by impacted communities.
People with disabilities need access to comprehensive and affordable health care.
Congress must include the disability community in any discussion about repeal and replace to ensure that any changes meet the needs of people with disabilities.
SAMPLE TWEETS TO YOUR SENATORS:
Vote NO or delay on Senate budget. People w #disabilities rely on #ACA for comprehensive health care http://bit.ly/2jjeZau
Affordable Care Act = affordable comprehensive care for people w/#disabilities. Don’t repeal it! http://bit.ly/2jjeZau
11 million are at risk of losing Medicaid if #ACA repealed http://kaiserf.am/2gacF4c
ACA repeal jeopardizes services and support for people with Down syndrome to live and work in the community.