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Act Today to Save ACA and Medicaid

Jane McNichol

Posted 9/19/2017

Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act are once again in real danger! The Cassidy-Graham bill is gaining momentum and could be voted on next week. 3 things you can do NOW:

- Join Sen. Blumenthal's Rally to Save Medicaid and the ACA
            1:30 PM, Room 1A
            Legislative Office Building, Hartford

- Contact Republican Senators to let them know how this will affect you/people you know. 
   Toll-free #: 888-981-9704.

Key Senators are: Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Jeff Flake (AZ), John McCain (AZ), Rob Portman (OH), Tom Cotton (AR), John Boozman (AR), Cory Gardner (CO), Chuck Grassley (IA), Joni Ernst (IA), Jerry Moran (KS), Dean Heller (NV), Lamar Alexander (TN), Bob Corker (TN), Ron Johnson (WI), Todd Young (IN).

- Contact Sen. Blumenthal and Murphy and Representatives Larson, Courtney, DeLauro, Himes
   and Esty
to urge their continued opposition to Republican plans to destroy the ACA and
   Medicaid and share your stories. Contact information here.

  • Background: The Graham-Cassidy bill is just as bad as all of the previous repeal efforts, if not worse.  It would, among other things:
         - Cause 15 million people to become uninsured by next year
         - Leave approximately 32 million people uninsured by 2027
         - Eliminate ACA’s expansion of Medicaid for low-income people
         - Eliminate ACA’s subsidies that help people afford premiums
         - Decimate  Medicaid through “per capita caps” – leading to funding caps and billions of
              dollars in cuts
         - Allow states to gut consumer protections – including protections for people with pre-
               existing conditions
         - Defund Planned Parenthood and restrict abortion coverage for plans sold on AHCT
    For more information, including the impact on individual state budgets, see CBPP report here.

Join Us at Health Care Action Summit - Oct. 14!

Jane McNichol

Posted 9/18/2017

Register now to be part of the Oct. 14 Health Care Action Summit. Join hundreds of Connecticut health care activists to learn about the current health care system, shape a vision for the future and make a plan for realizing that vision in Connecticut. The Summit will be held at the Thomas Edison Middle School in Meriden. Link to Summit registration: (
National and state health policy experts and strategists will share their perspectives in plenary sessions and in participatory workshops. Workshops will explain current health care programs, affordability and equity issues and discuss reform ideas at the state and federal level. Skill-building workshops will address organizing, messaging, policy advocacy, story-telling and electoral work. Draft agenda for the Summit is here. More information will be posted on the Protect Our Care CT website ( as it becomes available. 

Please share this invitation with your networks and with people and organizations interested in improving the health care system in Connecticut.

The Next Threat to Medicaid and Medicare

Jane McNichol

Posted 9/13/2017

The federal budget process offers the next chance for conservatives to gut Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. The process of adopting a budget is starting now. Join the national call-in days (September 14 and 15): Click here NOW to call your Representative and tell them to reject a budget and tax plan that cuts health care while giving massive tax breaks to the rich and big corporations.

Background: The House Budget Committee has adopted a budget resolution that makes major cuts in Medicaid and other social service programs, while adopting tax cuts for the wealthy. The full House of Representatives is likely to vote on this budget resolution soon. Detailed discussions of the budget issue are available on the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities website here.