Dear Access Living friends and allies,
Over the last several months, many of you have worked hard to help Congress understand how terrible cuts to Medicaid, as well as essential health benefits in insurance, would be. You helped stop a major budget bill that would do these back on July 27. Now, leaders in the U.S. Senate are proposing a new last-ditch amendment, called the Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment, that would bring back the threat of Medicaid block grants and elimination of essential health benefits. They want to try to pass this by end of day September 30, the last day under which they could pass this type of bill under rules that allow passage with a simple majority. We need your help to ask Congress to DROP the partisan efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, and instead, get back on track to a bipartisan process with public input to create a health system that works for all Americans.
TAKE ACTION: The quick link to send an email to your members of Congress is here .
What's the Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment? Here's a link to a longer explanation , but in short the main pieces of concern are as follows. Block grants or per capita caps to Medicaid would devastate the Medicaid system. Allowing the elimination of essential health benefits would devastate needed supports like rehab therapy, mental health supports, and ER visits. Shortening the Medicaid waiver approval process would decimate stakeholder input to craft a good system. This amendment is not only a last-ditch effort, but it's the worst version of an Obamacare repeal/replace yet. If allowed to pass Congress, this would be terrible for our community.
We at Access Living call upon YOU to contact your Congressmen and urge them to OPPOSE the Graham-Cassidy-Heller amendment and to SUPPORT creating a bipartisan process with public input to create the healthcare system that will actually serve all of us.
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Director of Advocacy, Access Living