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TAKE ACTION: Protect access to healthcare for victims and survivors

Contact your Senators, and urge them to vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act bill (BCRA) that will destroy Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act!

The Senate will soon be deciding whether or not to take away healthcare from approximately 22 million people, mostly Medicaid recipients, and make the insurance other people have cover less or more expensive.

This is particularly harmful to victims of violence and abuse.  

The proposed legislation would let insurers offer cheaper plans without requiring they cover basic care.   Survivors will think they’re covered and then eventually find out when they show up at the ER or need to see a doctor that the care they need or have received wasn’t covered, leaving them responsible for a substantial medical bill.  For services that are covered, the deductibles may be so high as to make the insurance virtually worthless. Also, many plans may not cover mental health services which can be vital to the well-being of domestic violence survivors.

The law’s “continuous coverage requirement” is also harmful to victims. It could penalize victims if they went without insurance for three months, even if they didn’t know they had been removed from a partner’s or spouse’s insurance plan.  An abuser could cut off a partner or spouse, which could prohibit her/him from purchasing insurance for the following six months.  

We can’t let that happen!

Please call your Senators to urge them to preserve Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.  You can identify your Senators and find their contact information here, at the top of the page.  If your Senator is holding a town hall meeting during the July 4th recess, attend and use your voices!  Tell them:

“My name is [your name], and I am a constituent from [your location and, if applicable, organization].  I strongly urge the Senator to vote against the BCRA!  It would return us to the days when victims of violence went without the health care they needed, because coverage was too expensive or simply not available; when plans failed to cover the behavioral health services survivors needed; and when screening and counseling for domestic violence were the exception, not the rule. The BCRA’s continuous coverage requirement would give abusers another tool with which to threaten and control their families.  The bill would also destroy Medicaid as we know it, leaving 22 million previously covered Americans without access to health care!”

Sample Facebook post: “Senator [Senator’s name], I urge you to vote against the BCRA.  It will harm victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence by potentially allowing insurers to discriminate against them, decrease covered services, penalize victims and survivors for gaps in insurance that result from abuse, and dismantle part of the social safety net on which victims and survivors rely.  Senator [Senator’s name], #SaveMyCare!

Sample tweet:  [Senator’s Handle] Support DV/SA victims’ access to health care and protect Medicaid – vote NO on the #BCRA! #SaveMyCare

Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at 8:52 PM
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