#ProtectOurCare Toolkit - The Threat is REAL & URGENT!

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

(September 21, 2017 - AUCD) From all reports, the Graham-Cassidy proposal will be on the floor for a vote in the Senate next week. We need to work non-stop between now and the vote to make sure there are at least 3 NOs to this bill that would devastate people with disabilities and seniors and anyone with pre-existing conditions.

We have put together a toolkit to help you advocate to #ProtectOurCare and #SaveMedicaid.

You can access the toolkit here.

BACKGROUND: Senators Cassidy and Graham introduced a bill last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill, like previous proposals, would make huge cuts to and place caps on the Medicaid program, end the Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies in the ACA, and allow states to waive protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

This bill would be devastating to people with disabilities and their families, women and children, seniors, low-income Americans, and threaten access to community living, employment opportunities, & educational supports.

This is time sensitive. Last month the Senate parliamentarian stated that the deadline for the current budget reconciliation process is September 30. This means that if voted on before September 30, this bill could pass with a simple majority - with fewer votes. Senator Cassidy claims to have 48-49 senators on-board. Senator McConnell has asked the CBO to produce a score quickly.

Use this toolkit to participate. The time to act is now! #ProtectOurCare

Starting tomorrow (Friday, September 21) through next week, there are number of action items that we need your help with!

It is critical that everyone speak out about how important comprehensive, affordable healthcare and Medicaid is for people with disabilities, seniors, women and children, and low-income Americans in now! Set up visits with your members of Congress (in their DC or home offices); attend as many rallies, protests and other events as possible; call your Members of Congress (as many times as possible), and flood social media starting today!

Please use and share this toolkit to participate in events and rallies, to share your stories, to call/tweet/meet/email with you Members of Congress, and more.

Thank you for all your hard work, time, and dedication.