Tennessee Health Care Campaign Town Hall
Protecting Health and Long Term Services and Supports
Our Congressman are headed home for a weeklong recess February 17-27. Please make an effort to visit your Representative and our Senators in their home offices, at town hall meetings, holiday parades, or rallies.
Congress has already begun the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it now is on the fast track to include significant cuts to the Medicaid program as part of the replacement plan through block grants or per capita caps.
Congressional leaders and President Trump have also stated that they will reduce funding to states for Medicaid through either block grants or per capita caps (a mechanism by which states receive a fixed amount of money based on the number of people in their state).
We must educate our Members of Congress to make sure that any health care reforms are as good as or better than the current law.
1. Visit your Senators Corker and Alexander at their home offices or call using their local numbers.
2. Attend a Town Hall meeting or other event. (Interpreters provided.)
Nashville Save My Care Rally and Press Conference February 22, Centennial Park, Noon.
Knoxville Tennessee Health Care Campaign Town Hall February 23, Whittle Springs Middle School, 2700 White Oak Lane, Knoxville 37917 6-8 pm EST
3. Urge them to vote against any bill to repeal the ACA (even with a delayed effective date) before replacing it with another law that will maintain or improve access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance and services.
4. Urge them to oppose Medicaid block grants and per capita caps, which would cut health and long term services for people with disabilities and add to already long waiting lists for services in many states.
5. Make sure everyone knows that Medicaid not only provides health care coverage for millions of people with disabilities but also provides long-term services and support, such as personal care attendants. Without those supports, many people with disabilities are not able to work, go to school, or be active members of their communities.