The health care services our community depends on are at risk. The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote next week on legislation to repeal the ACA that includes deep permanent cuts to Medicaid. It is time to take action and raise our voices on behalf of the many children, women, seniors and individuals living with disabilities who depend on Medicaid in our community.
Join us at this Town Hall with Congressman Doggett, who has tirelessly fought to protect our care in the House. This public forum will highlight stories of people for whom Medicaid is their lifeline. Please help us raise awareness for those who are directly impacted by Medicaid and those who serve Medicaid populations.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
First United Methodist Church (Great Hall)
1300 Lavaca Street | Austin, 78701
How else can social workers contribute?
1) We need 15-20 volunteers. If you want to volunteer, or know of any students or colleagues who are interested please email Laura Guerra CardsLGuerraCar@childrensdefense.org from the Children’s Defense Fund if you can help with this and how many people you can bring. It helps to have a lot of people to capture stories and comments from the audience. (There will be a volunteer Prep Call on Friday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Call-in: 1.605.475.4000, code 330587)
2) Do you have any clients with a strong story about Medicaid? Have a story from the provider perspective? There will be time for 10 people to share their Medicaid story from the mic. Each speaker will get 3 minutes.
3) Help increase attendance at the event. Spread the word about the 16th, and encourage people to attend. The flyer is attached here for your convenience and the FB event page can be found here -- https://www.facebook.com/events/2302884613269979/. We have space for about 250 people and we want to fill every seat.
If you have any questions please feel free to email Will Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
From Stacey Pogue, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Better Texas Blog: "We finally know what’s in the secret bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and it’s still bad. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next week on their disastrous health care repeal bill, which has made a few changes from the House-passed version, but in some critical ways it’s worse....
First, call your Senators today. Now we know what’s in this bill. We need to tell our Senators to oppose it!
Call both Texas Senators and urge them to reject this and any other health repeal bill as long as it (1) ends insurance for millions of people, (2) cuts Medicaid for children, seniors, pregnant women, and Texans with disabilities, (3) makes insurance less affordable for millions of low-and middle-income consumers, and (4) cuts billions in health care funding to pay for billions in tax cuts for large corporations and wealthy individuals.
You can reach Senator Cruz at 877-398-0043 and Senator Cornyn at 877-345-4024.
Second, contact your friends, cousins, and old high school pals in the states with key Senators.
Tell them their Senators are one of the key votes on the bill. The states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia."
From NASW: "Like the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), the Senate version, being drafted behind closed doors, expects to undermine vital protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, eliminate essential health benefits, increase premiums, cut Medicaid, and cause as many as 23 million people to lose coverage.
It’s critical that Senators hear from you! Especially if you live in a state with Senator’s who are currently undecided in terms of their votes, such as: Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Rob Portman (R-OH), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX)."
Link to NASW for more information and direction on how to proceed.
Cover Texas Now has an easy way to advocate for quality affordable health coverage.
Go to: http://www.covertexasnow.org/Take-Action