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FRIDAY - Join Sen. Blumenthal's Rally for ACA

Jane McNichol

Posted 11/16/2017

Blumenthal Rally Against GOP Assault on Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 17
11 a.m.
Room 1A, Legislative Office Building
300 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT

From Sen. Blumenthal's office: Please join Senator Blumenthal at 11 a.m. this Friday, November 17 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to rally against this cruel and regressive assault on the Affordable Care Act [in the Republican tax cut bill].

Eliminating the individual mandate will result in a ten percent hike in premiums and 13 million fewer Americans being covered by health insurance. This is added on top of what was already a bad deal for Connecticut families.

Please join Friday in saying that America is fed up with malicious and misguided policies that target middle class families. True tax reform should help all Americans get ahead. Until Republicans commit to a responsible, transparent, and bipartisan process – and pledge to protect the most vulnerable Americans – Senator Blumenthal will stand strong against this proposal.

Make Calls TODAY to Protect Health Care

Jane McNichol

Posted 11/16/2017

We’ve made our voices heard before and  we need to do it again – NOW! The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on their tax cutting and health care damaging bill on Thursday. The Senate is working on their version of the bill and plans to vote the week after Thanksgiving. Here's what you can do: 

1. Call your U.S. Representative now! Tell them to OPPOSE the tax bill and SUPPORT bills that strengthen our health care system (more information below).  Toll-free # 1-877-795-7862 or use the Congressional office phone numbers here.
2. Encourage friends and relatives in other states to make calls.
3. Attend forums and town hall meetings during the Thanksgiving recess next week and share your stories and concerns.
Representative Larson is holding a forum on the tax bill Monday evening. Details here.
Check the POCCT website for more meetings as they are scheduled.

Talking points:

Republicans are now using their tax cut bills to repeal important parts of the ACA. To generate money for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, the Senate bill puts coverage for 13 million people at risk and increases costs for individual coverage. The House bill could force cuts of up to $25 billion in Medicare next year. Republican budget resolutions outline massive cuts to Medicaid and Medicare to pay for the tax cuts in these bills. More details here. Information on individual mandate and the tax cuts' impact on social spending here

Meanwhile, a bill to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP/HUSKY B) and provide vital funding to Community Health Centers has not yet been passed and the bipartisan Alexander/Murray bill to stabilize insurance markets has not been brought up in the Senate. 

 

Speak Out on Health Care Costs - Willimantic

Jane McNichol

Posted 11/13/17

The Office of Healthcare Advocate is sponsoring a series of public forums around the state so that Connecticut consumers can share their stories of challenges affording healthcare.  These stories and other data you provide will be used during discussions with state policymakers, as well as with the healthcare and health insurance industries. The next session is: 

Wednesday, November 15
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Generations Family Health Center
40 Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic, CT

Local co-sponsors: Community Health Assoc. of CT and Generations Family Health Center

Click here for more information or to register (registration not required),