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Call to Action: LWVNC Health Care Action Team

Note this Action is also requested from the National League

In the U.S. Senate, a small group of Senators are secretly working to make decisions that will cut coverage, raise rates and give the richest Americans tax breaks at the expense of everyone else.

Senate leadership is ignoring the needs of the American people. Now is the time to make your voice heard by calling your Senators today!

Legislation passed by the U.S. House to repeal and replace the ACA fails to reflect the American values of fairness, community and concern for all. It will cut coverage for 14 million Americans in the next year, raise premiums by 20% and give nearly $700 billion to the wealthy and big corporations. The Senate is trying to force us down the same disastrous path, pushing to gut coverage for people with pre-existing conditions while doing long-term damage to Medicaid.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but the path that congressional leadership has us on is bad for the well-being of millions of Americans. Tell your Senators that Americans deserve better.

Tell our Senators that any bill that moves forward must do the following:

  • Guarantee that pre-existing conditions can't be used to deny coverage or raise rates under any circumstances.
  • Ensure health insurance rates and coverage do not discriminate against women
  • Provide coverage of essential benefits, limit out of pocket costs and prohibit life-time insurance caps No reduction in Medicaid services or eligibility

It's your turn to make your voice heard. Call or email your Senators today and let them know where you stand. We need a plan that reflects the American values of fairness, community, and concern for all.

Click Here to View the National League Statement and Call to Action for Health Care Phone Numbers:

NC Senator Richard Burr: 202-224-3154 NC Senator Thom Tillis: 202-224-6342

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act

ACA's transformational reforms provide universal health care for all Americans. Children will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young adults can stay on their parents' health plans as dependents until age 26, Medicare participants will have annual check-ups and mammograms, and many uninsured Americans will now have health care coverage. It also include coverage of preventive care, limits on out-of-pocket costs, and a prohibition on life-time insurance caps. The ACA ensures that women can no longer be charged more for health care than men.

STOP THE REPEAL

Health Care Position

The League is dedicated to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans. We believe that all Americans should have access to a basic level of care, including disease prevention, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute long-term care, mental health care and health promotion and education. Over the past 20 years, we have lobbied at the national, state and local levels for health care policy solutions, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to control costs and ensure a basic level of care for all.

For decades, local and state Leagues have lobbied for comprehensive health care reform at all levels of government. Throughout the health care debates of the past few decades, Leagues worked to provide millions of Americans across the country with objective information about the health care system and its significant reforms. This included organizing community education projects, holding public forums and debates, creating and distributing resource materials and engaging members of Congress and leading policy makers and analysts. Our work to advance and expand health care includes:

Protecting and Implementing the Affordable Care Act + The League supported the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. We are committed to helping Americans understand the Affordable Care Act and its pivotal impact on their lives. Local and state Leagues work with government agencies, health care providers and advocates in order to educate community members about the health care system and ensure that states are implementing the Affordable Care Act to maximize its impact.

Women's Reproductive Health + The League believes in the constitutional right to privacy, and trusts women to make their own reproductive health care decisions. We support the inclusion of reproductive health care, including birth control and abortion coverage, in any health benefits package. We believe that denying women access to health care services because of ill-defined religious or moral objections is discrimination based on sex. We actively oppose attempts to repeal the reproductive health services provided under the Affordable Care Act.

EXPAND MEDICAID NOW!

CLOSE THE COVERAGE GAP CAMPAIGN

The LWVNC statewide Health Care Roundtable, in conjunction with the NC Justice Center and the NC Community Health Center Association, were awarded a grant to work to educate local communities about the benefits of Medicaid expansion- in new jobs, in increased business activity, and in getting hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians health coverage, and to advocate on behalf of the fiscal benefits of Medicaid expansion to local legislators and local government officials. This effort is called the Close the Coverage Gap Campaign.

Please join us and help move Medicaid expansion forward in NC!

To get engaged or just find out more information please contact either:

ACA Update PowerPoint

Close the Gap Durham CoC

The Economic and Employment Costs of not Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina

CLOSE THE COVERAGE GAP Advocacy Toolkit