Advocacy Toolkit for Reaching Your Senators About Health Care

2017-05-19 | Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Check out the Alliance's Senate Health Care Advocacy Toolkit

On Thursday, May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the bill moves to the U.S. Senate, it is our belief that elements of the House bill will be rewritten. However, our understanding is that Medicaid remains a target. Our focus going forward will be:

  • Insist on a net positive impact on populations served by Medicaid, as well as local and state economies, in the face of efforts to redesign Medicaid’s federal-state partnership
  • Maintain parity between health and behavioral health insurance coverage
  • Further reduce the number of uninsured people  

We also want to emphasize the important role that health and human services providers can play. You and your peers can work in partnership with policymakers to craft legislation that will promote the acceleration of addressing the social determinants of health in order to drive early intervention and prevention to improve population outcomes and achieve cost savings.

To ensure that our collective messages reach your senators, we have created this toolkit that provides you with the following:

  • Talking points. It is vitally important that all senators hear from constituents and community leaders now.
  • Ideas for how you can engage with your senators, such as scheduling meetings with state-based or D.C. staff, using Twitter, and attending an upcoming town hall during the Memorial Day recess (May 30–June 2).
  • A sample letter to the editor for your local newspaper.

Please contact the Alliance Public Policy and Mobilization Office with any questions about the Senate’s efforts to replace current law or this toolkit.