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AHCA passes US House: Missouri Health Care for All Responds

AHCA passes US House: Missouri Health Care for All Responds

Missouri Health Care for All Decries U.S. House Vote to Eliminate Basic Insurance Protections in Affordable Care Act and Slash Medicaid

Statement from Missouri Health Care for All, in response to House Leadership American Health Care Act

After weeks of arm-twisting to try to garner enough votes, U.S. House Leadership rushed a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) without analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. This bill would repeal many of the insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), such as requiring insurance policies to cover prescriptions or maternity care, and make radical cuts to Medicaid funding. The provisions of this bill would result in millions of people losing their health care.

The AHCA is unacceptable for Missourians. Low- and middle-income Missourians would be charged more, and insurance coverage for those with pre-existing conditions would be jeopardized while providing more assistance for wealthy and healthy people. The bill would make coverage less affordable for average Americans and gives tax breaks to big drug and insurance companies.

One of the most concerning aspects of the AHCA is the radical restructuring of the Medicaid program. Under the per capita caps proposed in the bill, the state of Missouri would see deep cuts in federal funding for health care for our most vulnerable neighbors, including children, people with disabilities, and seniors. Per capita caps would put Missourians at risk of devastating outcomes due to lack of health care.

The AHCA flies in the face of what the American people want. Recent public opinion polling shows Americans are looking to Congressional leaders to improve upon the gains made under the ACA, not work to dismantle them. Unfortunately, the American Health Care Act does just that by not requiring insurance policies to cover the basic services we need, and wouldn’t require that certain people, such as women and seniors, are charged fair rates for insurance.

Thousands of Missourians have rallied, called, e-mailed, and written their Congressional delegation to oppose cuts to health care programs and protections. The U.S. Senate should not move ahead with this reckless plan that would make working families and the most vulnerable Americans pay more for less, strip away health coverage from millions of people, and finance tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Missouri Health Care for All calls on Missouri’s elected officials to heed the voices of their constituents who have urged them to choose a path that makes insurance better for more people.

Contact your Senators here: https://missourihealthcareforall.org/dont-gut-healthcare 

Join events on Friday, May 5th at noon in Clayton at Senator Blunt’s Office
And Springfield

Missouri Health Care for All is a non-partisan organization founded in 2007 by faith and community leaders on the principle that every Missourian deserves access to quality, affordable health care.

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Tell Congress: Stand Strong & Stop the AHCA

Tell Congress: Stand Strong & Stop the AHCA

UPDATE! Rep. Billy Long has now flipped his vote. We need to keep the pressure up on all of our Members of Congress and tell them to stand strong for those of us with pre-existing conditions and beyond.

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Congressional Recess – Join Town Halls near you

Congressional Recess – Join Town Halls near you

Another Congressional Recess is upon us – meaning our Members of Congress are back home to hear from us – their constituents.

Here are the public town halls we currently know of – RSVP with us to let us know you’ll be there supporting access to health care.

US Senator Claire McCaskill has announced that she will have 8 town halls across Missouri. We will update this page as we have more information.

Wednesday, April 12th

Thursday, April 13th

Friday, April 14th

Wednesday, April 19th

Thursday, April 20th

Friday, April 21st

Will you be attending?  Let us know! Email our Deputy Director, Crystal Brigman Mahaney, to share what questions you would like your US Representatives and Senators to answer.

Looking for ideas on questions to ask our Members of Congress? Here are our concerns and sample questions:

  • Will you pledge to never vote for legislation that guts Medicaid by shifting costs to the states – through a block grant, per-capita cap, and rationing the care of seniors, kids, and people with disabilities?
  • Will you pledge to vote against any bill that results in people losing their health coverage or facing higher out-of-pocket costs?
  • Will you pledge to never vote for legislation that removes the guarantee that insurance companies everywhere cover basic services such as prescription drugs, maternity care, mental health and substance abuse treatment?
  • Will you pledge to never vote for legislation that creates an age tax that makes health care more expensive for people between the ages of 55-64?

Don’t see a town hall for your Members of Congress?  Contact them! Ask them when they are holding public events to hear from their constituents – or why they are not hosting any public listening sessions for constituents like you.

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Take the #KeepOurCare Pledge

Take the #KeepOurCare Pledge

Missourians’ access to health care is at risk.

President-elect Trump and Congressional leaders have pledged to make changes to health care that could result in millions of Americans losing access. They have repeatedly discussed repealing the Affordable Care Act without a clear plan for replacing it. Some leaders have also said they want to drastically change both Medicaid and Medicare in ways that would be extremely damaging.

We need our elected officials to make health care BETTER, and keep the programs and protections that are helping people now.

That’s why we’ve launched KeepOurCare.org 

As Missourians, we want to keep our health care. We are concerned about proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing all of its protections, cut funds for Medicaid, or privatize Medicare. These proposals would all have devastating effects on access to health care.

We want our elected officials to focus on bipartisan ways to fix real problems and let us keep the care we already have.

Visit KeepOurCare.org to let us know you’re with us by taking the Keep Our Care pledge to be part of the effort  to make health care access better for Missourians.

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Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together

Like many of you, we are deeply disappointed in the results of last night’s election. At the national level, we will be led by a President who has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and a Congress that has repeatedly tried to do so. In Missouri, we elected a new Governor who has run on a platform of opposing Medicaid Expansion.

It is so tempting to throw up our hands in despair at this moment. But this moment requires our courage and resolve.

Our movement has been through challenging times before. It took more than fifty years of failed attempts to pass broad health care reform. After each setback, health care champions summoned the strength to continue fighting. Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in our country is the lowest it has ever been.

The millions of people who gained coverage and protections through the Affordable Care Act – and the 300,000 Missourians still waiting for us to close the Coverage Gap – are counting on us to make sure that campaign talk doesn’t turn into reality. This spring, we showed that our movement has the ability to work with elected officials in both parties on bipartisan solutions to health care challenges, and we aren’t about to give up now. We will continue to engage our grassroots supporters to defend our hard-won gains and work for further improvements.

If you are upset or hurting today, it’s okay. Take care of your personal well-being and that of your family. But please, don’t dwell in despair. The path forward lies in our shared determination.

We are doubling down on our mission of ensuring that every Missourian can access quality, affordable health care. If you can help support the staff, travel, and supplies this work will require, please make a tax-deductible donation here.

Thank you for standing with us at this moment. We honor and appreciate you, and we look forward to our continuing work together.

In gratitude,

Jen Bersdale
Executive Director
Missouri Health Care for All

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