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Joint Action Alert from the Partnership and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Ask Your Senators to Oppose the Senate Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

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American Health Care Act (AHCA) Update: U.S. Senate is expected to vote on ACA Repeal

 
Dear Members, Allies, and Affiliates,
 
The United States Senate is expected to vote on their version of the House of Representatives’ American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It’s apparent that women, and all survivors of sexual and domestic violence, would be disproportionally impacted if the House or Senate ACA repeal bills get enacted into law.
 
Take Action
CALCASA and the Partnership joined the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing our strong opposition to the repeal of the ACA. We encourage you to add your program to the letter, by clicking here. This letter will be sent to Senate offices on Monday, so be sure to act today.  
 
Contact our U.S. Senators now to let them know the importance of having accessible and quality health care services, especially for the millions of survivors of sexual and domestic violence who live in California and throughout the United States. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris need to hear from you about your opposition to the Senate health care legislation that would repeal the ACA. Please call Senator Feinstein’s office at (202) 224-3841 and Senator Harris’ office at (202) 224-3553 today.  
 
Sample call script: Hello, my name is _(name)_ from __(organization)_ in __(city)_ and I’m calling to urge the Senator to oppose the Senate repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This bill will harm survivors of sexual and domestic violence through changes that will leave millions of individuals without health care access, cut Medicaid, and remove requirements around pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits. I urge the Senator to vote no on the bill and speak out in opposition. Thank you.”
 
Background
The Better Care Reconciliation Act has many similarities to the House passed bill, which would leave at least 23 million individuals without health care if the legislation is enacted into law and implemented. The legislation includes deep cuts to Medicaid and would enable insurance providers to charge those with pre-existing conditions more for coverage. Additionally, insurance providers would not be required to cover “Essential Health Benefits,” which include emergency room visits, maternity care, mental health services, and preventative care. For more background regarding the Senate health care legislation, you can read the position paper by the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and read the full text of the legislation here.
 
If you have any questions regarding the U.S. Senate vote to repeal and replace the ACA, please contact

  • CALCASA’s Public Policy Associate, Kristina Solberg. Email: ksolberg@calcasa.org or Phone: (916) 446-2520 ext. 310 
  • The Partnership’s Public Policy Manager, Krista Niemczyk. Email: krista@cpedv.org or Phone: (916) 444-7163

 
In Solidarity,
 
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault 

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