Learn how the ACA Repeal will reduce and eliminate reproductive freedoms across the country. Here are resources to help you understand and oppose these attempts to repeal the ACA.
It is clear that we need to sustain our advocacy and organizing efforts against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. CCRF’s Health Care Coverage Committee has collected several key resources to support reproductive freedom advocates!
Timing is of the essence in terms of getting people out to town halls and rallies. The attempts to repeal the ACA are evolving daily. We need to stay ahead of these attacks while keeping out communities informed and engaged.
Folks who are in California should also feel empowered to call senators in other states, particularly if they have a personal story around health care to share.
Sure, Senator Heller in Nevada is probably more likely to listen to folks who call and say they are Nevadans, but if someone is calling to share their story about how Medicaid expansion helped them get onto coverage and get preventive services that detected cancer and allowed them to get treatment early on, for example, it’s not like the aide who picks up the phone is going to hang up on you. Also, and perhaps more importantly, one way or another this bill is going to come back to the House, and we haven’t forgotten the ENTIRE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN HOUSE DELEGATION that betrayed not just their constituents but ALL OF US back in May.
Take Immediate Action
- July 4 Recess Toolkit to Protect Our Care from Families USA (although the recess is over, here are very useful messages and tactics)
- Resistance Near Me to find resistance events in/near your zip code
NHELP (National Health Law Program) is releasing a 12-part series on the importance of California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. Here are first 6 issues:
- Children’s Health in California
- Women’s Health in California
- Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities in California
- Medi-Cal Services
- Medi-Cal Affordability
- Medi-Cal and Health Disparities
- Women Living with HIV
- Medical Enrollment and Continuity of Coverage
A new post from the Commonwealth Fund, “Consumers Had Health Plan Choice in the ACA Marketplaces,” looks at the choices consumers had in the marketplaces prior to Congress’ repeal efforts, and explains how current uncertainty about the future of health reform has reduced the number of plans consumers will have to choose from in 2018. Read the full post here.
Senate Bill Analysis (BCRA)
- Top 10 Changes to Medicaid Under The Senate’s ACA Repeal Bill (NHELP)
- For all 50 states and DC, the Health Policy Center has estimated the effects of the Senate health bill on children and several racial and ethnic demographics. Tables with state-level information can be found here. (Urban Institute)
TrumpCare’s Projected Premium Increases and Coverage Losses Mapped for 2018: The Century Foundation has new figures including an interactive map, estimating how much more people in every county across the U.S. could expect to pay, and how many people would lose coverage, under BCRA in 2018
A new report from CBPP explains how “Little-Noticed Medicaid Changes in Senate Health Plan Would Worsen Coverage, Reduce State Flexibility, and Raise Uncompensated Care Costs.”
A Kaiser Family Foundation report finds that 38 counties in Nevada, Indiana, and Ohio are at risk of having no insurer in the marketplace in 2018.
The Impact of Any Type of Repeal
Repealing the ACA without a replacement continues to be under consideration, here are some resources that examine how such legislation could affect health care coverage in every state.
- State fact sheets on the effects of ACA repeal without a replacement on children and parents. (Urban Institute)
- A brief that examines how ACA repeal without replacement could impact health care providers with an estimated $30 million more uninsured by 2019. (Urban Institute)
- Top Ten Threats to Women’s Reproductive Health in California (NHELP)
- Top 10 Threats to Women’s Reproductive Health Nationally (NHELP)
- Post seven of NHeLP’s 12-part “Protect Our Care” blog series, explains how the Senate’s proposed Medicaid cuts will undermine Medi-Cal’s ability to provide care for women living with HIV in California. Read the full post here.
Maternity Care keeps staying on the chopping block. Here are the consequences of removing maternity care in California.
- Maternity Care in California: Delivering the Data (CA Health Care Foundation)
Story collecting + Other resources
- NHeLP is looking for stories from health consumers who had a positive experience with Medicaid to help us highlight its importance and protect the program from cuts. If you or someone you know would be willing to share their story with us, please send them to bit.ly/nhelpstory (English) or bit.ly/historiadesalud (Spanish). NHELP has many more resources available – Full list here.
- Set up a virtual phone bank in your own home. Organizing for Action will help get you set up, and even provide training! Sign up here to host a phone bank, big or small, it’s easy! Or sign up as a volunteer and be placed with a phone bank in your area.
If you have any questions about these materials, please contact Juana Rosa at jrcaveroatreproducitvefreedomcadotorg.