Friday, January 13, 2017

Call to Action

 


By Rylin Rodgers, Director, Board of Directors
 
I want to take a minute to talk to you parent to parent. I know you’re busy. I know you have a lot on your plate. I know you feel like you can’t do one more thing. But, I need you to do something. I need you to speak up on behalf of your child and other children.

There are several threats to programs for our children at the federal level, primarily the ACA and Medicaid.

Many of you depend on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act:
  • No exclusions of pre-exisiting conditions
  • No cap on lifetime limits
  • A prohibition against rescinding coverage when someone gets sick
  • ABA and other services provided by marketplace plans
The plan is to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I know it’s not perfect, but we have very few details about what the replacement would be, if anything. If the ACA matters to your family, you need to share your story with your Representative and Senators. They need to know why it’s important to you.
Here’s a basic script and you can add your own story:

Main message I am a constituent whose child has special health care needs. My child and family and others like mine benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Therefore, I urge you to vote against any bill that would repeal the ACA (even with a delayed effective date) before replacing it with another law that will maintain or improve access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance and services.

Many of you rely on Medicaid, often through the waiver program. But, the proposed Medicaid block grants will most likely result in
  • Cuts to funding
  • Changes to eligibility
  • Changes to benefits
You probably use Medicaid for things like equipment, prescriptions, home care, transportation, etc. Those are guaranteed right now under EPSDT. Changes to Medicaid could mean those benefits are optional, if you even qualify in the future. If you need that coverage, you need to act to protect Medicaid.
You need to call your Representative and Senators and tell them how important Medicaid is to you. If there are indeed changes at the federal level, you’ll need to advocate at the state level to make our children a priority.

At the end of the day, no matter what the result, I always want to be able to look my children in the eye and say “Mom tried her best.” I know you want to be able to say that, too.

ACT NOW:
Find and contact your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Contact your Senators:
Senator Todd Young
(202) 224-5623

Senator Joe Donnelly
(202) 224-4814

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If you need help or information, feel free to contact Family Voices Indiana.
844 F2F INFO info@fvindiana.org

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