Federal health vote delayed—keep up the pressure

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: June 28, 2017

Thank you for calling! Keep it up.

Thank you for your calls! The Senate has delayed the vote on their health reform bill until after the July Fourth recess. But there’s still work to do.

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate delayed the vote on their health reform bill until sometime after the weeklong recess. It’s clear that constituent calls and letters are having an impact.

We discussed some of the details of the Senate proposal and how it would jeopardize access to health care for Colorado kids in our KidsFlash article last week. If passed, the bill would be the largest ever cut to the Medicaid program, which provides health insurance coverage to nearly half of Colorado kids at some point during the year. It would jeopardize access to prenatal care, newborn care, mental health care and substance abuse services. And it would reduce the tax credits available for the purchase of health insurance so that Colorado families would be spending more to buy coverage that will cover less of their health care costs. This week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released their “score” of the Senate proposal, which showed that 22 million Americans would lose health insurance over the next decade, with 15 million losing health insurance by 2018.

The vote on the House health reform bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is similar to the Senate proposal, was also delayed once before ultimately passing the House. We must continue to engage with our federal representatives over the holiday weekend and throughout the next month. If you see your representative home for the holiday, please speak up for Colorado kids. You can also call your Representative and Senators using the information below, and you can speak to any of these points that are important to you:

  • Share your personal stories about why Medicaid and affordable health insurance are important in your community.
  • Medicaid funding is essential to protect Colorado kids and parents. The proposed restructuring of Medicaid financing will shift costs to the states, force states to make impossible choices, and kids will get hurt.
  • Medicaid is most important in our rural areas and an important tool in helping our communities deal with the rise in opioid addiction.
  • Colorado will be particularly harmed by our constitutional financial constraints.
  • Tax credits need to make coverage more affordable in our rural areas.

PHONE NUMBERS: Call both senators:

Sen. Cory Gardner: (202) 224-5941

Sen. Michael Bennet: (202) 224-5852

Look up your district here, then call your representative:

Rep. Diana DeGette: (202) 225-4431

Rep. Jared Polis: (202) 225-2161

Rep. Scott Tipton: (202) 225-4761

Rep. Ken Buck: (202) 225-5870

Rep. Doug Lamborn: (202) 225-4422

Rep. Mike Coffman: (202) 225-7882

Rep. Ed Perlmutter: (202) 225-2645

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.