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Mobilizer: An HCH Action Bulletin of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
September 25, 2017 | Volume 21, No. 10 | Archives
This Isn't Over. Act NOW to Save Medicaid and Health Centers!
Congress is making a final attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act with the Graham-Cassidy bill. This bill reduces federal funding to states by $215 Billion. A majority of these cuts are to the Medicaid program, the largest provider of health coverage for low-income Americans. Medicaid is particularly vital to people experiencing homelessness and the Health Care for the Homeless community broadly.
In a country with 28 million uninsured, and many states still struggling to provide for their most vulnerable populations, the passing of this bill would be an atrocious move backwards in our journey towards increased access to care. 
Over the past week countless health care organizations have opposed this bill, including the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (read our letter to the Senate). Some Senators expressed hesitancy to vote yes, and Senate leadership responded by pumping more money into the bill. All that said, this bill is still alive and threats to Medicaid are not over. 
Your calls make a difference. This can be defeated if three Republican senators reject it. Tell your senator to oppose this bill NOW by calling (202) 224-3121.
You can use this simple script:
“Hello my name is ____ and I live in (city and zipcode). I’m calling because I want Senator ____ to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. This bill takes away health insurance from millions of Americans and will dismantle Medicaid as we know it. I want the senator to oppose this bill."
Want to say more? Use our talking points on the dangers of block grants and more talking points from our partners.
View Our Talking Points
If your senator already opposes the bill then call and say thanks--this is still very important. Next, check in with your governor and ask them to publicly oppose the bill.
Contact Your Governor
After that, forward this email to 5 friends (bonus points if they are in red states!) For extra credit, tweet your Senator using #GrahamCassidy and #SaveMedicaid.
With only moments to spare we MUST keep up the NOISE on health center funding!
If Congress fails to take action by September 30, health center funding will drop by 70%. It is critical that every health center board member, employee, patient, and supporter take action and GET LOUD. We must demand that Congress take action this month to fix the health center funding cliff and protect the vital services they provide to 27 million patients. Take the three action steps outlined here, and then blast these steps out to your networks so they do the same. 
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Regina Reed, MPH
National Health Policy Organizer
National HCH Council
Baltimore, MD
(443) 703-1337 
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