Federal health vote delayed—keep up the pressure
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