Action Alert

URGENT ACTION: Health Care for Women and Children Is at Risk

The American Health Care Act could still be repealed, without a just and affordable replacement. Stand for women, children and youth and their right to healthcare.

URGENT ACTION: Health Care for Women and Children Is at Risk

UPDATE: The "Graham-Cassidy health care bill" has resurrected this initiative to repeal the ACA, which would leave millions uninsured. 

Last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked Senate Rule 14 that would allow the American Health Care Act to bypass Senate committees and go straight to a floor vote without a debate. The bill could pass with just 51 votes without hearings and without allowing the public to see the Senate version of the bill.

The independent and non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the House bill would increase the number of uninsured by 23 million. By making health care coverage more expensive and out-of-reach for millions of families, the American Health Care Act puts the health of children at risk. A woman will pay more out-of-pocket to get the critical health services she needs. The bill eliminates the requirement that insurers cover essential services such as mammograms, birth control, and prenatal and maternity care. This change would be devastating to women of color and poor women, who would not otherwise be able to access these services. These and similar changes would mean that even the insurance people might be able to afford would not provide what they need.

Proposed cuts to Medicaid and CHIP (the Children's Health Insurance Program), which offers health insurance to low-income Americans, puts at risk coverage for 45 percent of all children under the age of six, and more than 10 million adults who were covered for the first time through the Medicaid expansion. United Methodist Women worked hard, with the Children's Defense Fund and others, to get CHIP passed. It is estimated that in most states more than 50 percent of all births are funded by the Medicaid program.  Dropping millions of young children and their parents from health insurance and shredding essential benefits guaranteed through Medicaid means that some women will no longer be assured they can get the services they need to experience a healthy pregnancy and delivery and provide for the well-being of their child.

United Methodist Women has always been willing to fight for children and their mothers.

We need you to RAISE YOUR VOICE NOW!

Urge your Senators to forcefully oppose this proposal and instead focus on building a health care system that ensures all mothers, babies and all Americans have the care they need to flourish. This is important because legislators have mentioned that they are no longer receiving the volume of calls that they had earlier. This reminds us that your calls and contacts make a difference.

Please contact your Senators today, regardless of political party. You can send a message by going to Link opens in a new window., by contacting your Senators' office in the district office nearest you, or by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. If you get through to an office number, you can leave a general message or ask to speak to the staff member dealing with health care issues.

Posted or updated: 6/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

Your voice is your power!

Keep pressure on the Senate to vote against any legislation that reduces healthcare access.

Contact your Senators again:
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Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121

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