Part 2 – Now in the Senate

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Follow up to my last post (again, from NAELA):

“[Yesterday], the Senate voted to proceed on the House’s American Health Care Act. It remains unclear what legislation will ultimately get voted on at the end of this process. So far, all legislation proposed would have devastating consequences for individuals with disabilities and older adults. As such, NAELA urges all [concerned citizens] to call their senators and urge them to REJECT policies that could harm persons with disabilities of all ages.

Option 1: Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

  • Follow the prompts. Press “1” to indicate you want to speak with your senator, then say your state and press “1” to indicate that the state is correct.
  • Finally, press “1” to connect to your first senator’s office.
  • Repeat to get connected with your second senator’s office.

Option 2: Look up the direct office number in the Senate Directory

Talking Points

  • Thank you for taking my call. I am [a citizen] in [CITY, STATE] who [is concerned about] persons with disabilities and older adults in need of long-term care.
  • I urge Senator [NAME] to REJECT any reconciliation bill that harms persons with disabilities.
  • Medicaid is the only way most people, not just the poor but also working-class and middle-class Americans, can pay for long-term care.
  • The drastic cuts to Medicaid contained in all repeal and replace bills to date will have a devastating consequence on the people I [am concerned about].
  • Limiting access to services through Medicaid will disrupt families, requiring caregivers to leave their jobs to provide care they may not be qualified to do.

I am particularly concerned about how this will impact Home and Community-Based Services. These services are optional, while more costly nursing home care is mandatory. Cutting Medicaid funding without addressing the underlying statute will make a bad situation even worse.”

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