Congress is voting today on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). WI-AIMH joins Zero to Three in asking you to contact your elected officials TODAY to help be the voice for infants and young children.
May 4, 2017
Today, the House of Representatives will again vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which threatens insurance coverage for babies and families and vastly restructures the Medicaid program. After failing to pass the AHCA in March, policymakers have made changes to the legislation in order to garner enough votes for passage. These changes include waiving guaranteed coverage of essential benefits (such as maternity, prenatal, pediatric, and mental health care) and preexisting conditions. While policymakers are naming these “fixes,” they don’t actually guarantee families won’t lose these protections. And young children need them! These benefits are foundational to the healthy development and growth of babies, and we must ensure they are not lost. It is critical that your Representative hear from constituents that the AHCA would roll back years of progress made under Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act in providing quality health care to millions of babies and families.
Health care spells the difference between a strong beginning and a fragile start for the more than 4 million babies born each year in the United States. Due to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the uninsured rate for the millions of young children in the United States has fallen to a record low of 3.2%. The American Health Care Act will undo this incredible progress by making quality health care less affordable and accessible to families with young children, particularly those who struggle to make ends meet.
Your Representative needs to hear from you TODAY! Use the guidance and talking points below to make your call.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative. (Or look up his or her name and phone number here.)
Once you’re connected, identify yourself as a constituent and ask to speak to the health legislative assistant.
Use the talking points below to frame your message:
My name is ____________. I’m a constituent, and I’m asking that the Representative vote NO on the American Health Care Act.
If Congress passes the American Health Care Act, it will have a devastating impact on the healthy development of young children – and our future.
To thrive, babies and families must have access to the maternity and newborn care, mental health services, and pediatric care guaranteed under essential health benefits. These benefits are currently at risk for elimination.
Additionally, the bill’s changes to Medicaid translate into dramatic funding cuts for states, threatening their ability to ensure young children receive crucial services, such as those guaranteed by Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment.
If Congress passes the American Health Care Act, they will make quality health care out-of-reach for working families.
Senior Director of Federal Policy, ZERO TO THREE
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