Kudos to all of you who visited, called, emailed, attended town halls and rallies, and sent videos to your Members of Congress! Your advocacy, and a united disability community, helped defeat the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) and the health care repeal bill. These bills would have had a devastating impact on health care for people with disabilities and on the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services program which funds employment and community living services, as well as on many other services, including therapy for children in schools.
While we all have breathed a temporary sigh of relief, the battle to protect Medicaid is far from over. Medicaid cuts are proposed in the budget, and the next steps for healthcare are unknown. Read more here.
During the month of August, Senate and House members are in their home states and districts. It is critically important that your advocacy continues in your state. We urge advocates to continue building relationships with Members of Congress and keep telling your stories about what legislative proposals mean to you and your family. Advocacy works and we must continue speaking up!
Set-up meetings with your members of Congress while they are home. https://whosemyrepresentative.com
Attend townhalls or other in-state events. https://townhallproject.com/
Continue to utilize social media as a tool.
If your Senators or Representative voted “no,” on either healthcare bill (House and Senate), thank them. If they voted “yes”, ask them not to support any bills that cut Medicaid or rollback protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Vote NO on any bill that would cut, cap or block grant Medicaid, whether it is another healthcare bill, the budget, or a tax bill.
Protect people with pre-existing conditions by retaining the prohibition against discrimination against these individuals.
It is time now for a transparent, bipartisan effort to address the challenges to affordable health care in our country, while protecting and improving Medicaid.
Addressing these challenges must be done through the “regular order”, through the appropriate committees with hearings and an opportunity for public input.