Action Alert: Senate to Vote on Health Care Bill Next Week
September 21, 2017 / Medicaid
Ohio's U.S. Senator Rob Portman is undecided on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. Call NOW to tell him to vote NO.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the recently introduced Graham-Cassidy health care bill next week. Like the previous versions of health care bills in Congress, Graham-Cassidy would:
- Cap Medicaid funding, which would lead to cuts in community-based services for people with disabilities
- Eliminate Medicaid expansion, leaving low-income Ohioans without access to medical care and addiction treatment services
- Allow states to get rid of the essential health benefits that have been covered under the Affordable Care Act, which means people with pre-existing conditions could be denied access to affordable insurance and insurance companies could bring back lifetime caps on coverage. This could be devastating, especially for children with disabilities who need expensive treatment and could therefore reach the lifetime cap at a young age.
Your call matters. Call Senator Portman every day between now and the vote next week.
Portman's regional and federal offices:
202-224-3353 Washington, DC
For more help with talking points, see the Save Medicaid Toolkit from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.