Contact Your Federal and State Elected Officials
Call your U.S. Senators and Representative, and your State Senators and House Leadership.
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- Please report your calls and any notable information you get to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7/14/17.
- Use personal stories to support your request.
1) Health Care – Please keep the pressure on both of your U.S. Senators (particularly Senator Toomey) and your Representative in Congress to fix the ACA and not destroy it. NO REPEAL WITHOUT REPLACE. The CBO has now reported that the Senate version of the AHCA would lead to 22 million people losing their health insurance. This is cruel and unacceptable.
- Force those with pre-existing conditions to buy health insurance from unaffordable high-risk pools,
- Change dramatically traditional Medicaid,
- End Medicaid Expansion,
- “Defund” Planned Parenthood,
- Shift costs to states and consumers and
- Repeal important consumer protections under the ACA.
We need to fix the ACA, not destroy it and have 22-million lose their health insurance. Access to affordable, quality health care is key to the economic security of women and their families. (Add personal stories if you have one.) From an economic standpoint, PA Hospital and Medical organizations would suffer with the possible loss of Medicaid funding to the State. The ripple effect would create an estimated loss of 37,000 jobs. https://www.haponline.org/Portals/0/docs/Access-to-Care/PA-Provider-Letter-06072017.pdf?ver=2017-06-07-162801-843
- Since February 2015, “Medicaid Expansion” has provided insurance coverage for more than 670,000 lower income adults and children with incomes below 138% of poverty (in 2017-$20,420 for a family of three.)
- Traditional Medicaid recipients: 44% are children, 25% are disabled, 10% are elderly, 21% are adults. The disabled and elderly account for 72% of the expenditures. http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/the-pennsylvania-health-care-landscape/
- “As a major payer, Medicaid is a core source of financing for safety-net hospitals and health centers that serve low-income communities, including many of the uninsured. It is also the main source of coverage and financing for both nursing home and community-based long-term care.” http://kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/medicaid-moving-forward/
- In 2016, more than 439,000 Pennsylvanians had selected health coverage through the “Marketplace Exchanges.” Seventy six percent of those Pennsylvanians received subsidies to make those plans more affordable and 60 percent of those enrollees could obtain coverage for $100 or less after tax credits.
- U.S. Census data shows that the commonwealth’s uninsured rate has dropped from 10.2 percent in 2010 to 6.4 percent in 2015. The AHCA proposes to effectively end “Medicaid Expansion” and dramatically restructure the traditional Medicaid program by converting it to either a per capita cap or block grant to the states. While individuals and families will technically have “access” to health care, this bill will shift coverage decisions to states and major costs to struggling state budgets, result in major cost increases for people with pre-existing conditions, end many of the consumer protections of the ACA, and significantly increase insurance costs for adults between 50-64 years old.
It is critical that we keep up the pressure on our Senators that these Repeal bills are not acceptable. Thus far, the pressure is working but we can’t let up.
PA STATE FOCUS THIS WEEK:
1) PA Budget Alert! We still have an opportunity to influence the spending plan and the revenue plan. The spending budget is on the Governor’s Desk and must be signed or vetoed by Monday. The PA legislators are working through the weekend to try to come up with the revenue side of the budget. How will it be paid for? Call your Senator and Representative and the Governor. All of our elected officials will be under pressure to accept cuts to social service programs, education and environmental protections. Your voice couldn’t be more important with the message to only support a budget that raises the needed revenue to make critical investments in Pennsylvania’s future. We need a reasonable approach in raising revenue to balance the budget without further downgrading our credit rating by borrowing.
Script: This is ___________. I am a member of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. My zip code is _______. In funding the budget, we ask for a real revenue package that closes corporate loopholes, makes drillers do their part, and fixes our upside-down tax system with a Fair Share plan that give a tax break to working Pennsylvanians by making the wealthiest pay their fair share.” Without a real revenue package that fixes these issues, Pennsylvania will be back in the same crisis position trying to close a massive budget gap again next year. Legislators need to find revenue necessary to fund public investments in a budget balanced without borrowing from our future.
2) Keep Guns out of Schools – SB383 and HB870.
We are AGAINST!! Peggy Walsh of the BCWAC points out that, as a former teacher, she cannot even imagine carrying a gun in the classroom. She states the odds are miniscule that an intruder will come into a school. The risk of having a weapon stolen and used by a curious child or an angry student are far more likely.
- SB 383 allows school boards to determine if employees can be designated to carry guns in schools. This would include teachers, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers and support staff and administrators.
There is very little regulation as to the training the employee would receive or how frequently they be evaluated or have continued training.
The identify of these individuals will not be available under the Freedom of Information Act. You will not know if your child’s teacher or any other staff member is carrying a firearm.
There is no answer to the safe gun storage problem. It is not reasonable to expect school personnel to have immediate access to a firearm in an emergency along with the responsibility of keeping children out of harm’s way.
HOUSE SCRIPT: I am ______. I am a member of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. My zip code is ____. Because the Senate Bill 383 is now in House Education Committee, I would like you to make sure this controversial bill does not move out of this committee. If the bill comes out of committee please vote NO. Our teachers and administrators have the important responsibility of teaching our students without needing the additional responsibility of safely handling firearms in a classroom.