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Action Update – Senate Vote on Health Bill Tuesday

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 24, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Just when we thought the Senate Republican’s healthcare efforts would fail to advance, it now appears a vote will be held tomorrow. Two pieces of legislation are being considered: the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), or a straight repeal and delay of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Though it is unclear which bill will go to a vote, we know that these proposals are calamitous for our patients. The CBO estimated that the BCRA will leave 22 million patients uninsured by 2026, and will result in $756 billion in cuts to Medicaid and staggering increases in deductibles for patients. A patient making $26,500 would face deductibles of $13,000 on typical coverage.

The repeal and delay effort is even worse. With similar cuts to Medicaid, the plan creates a real “death spiral” with rising premiums, loss of payor participation in markets, and 32 million more individuals uninsured.

We are continuing to work with the Clinician Action Network (CAN) and #DoctorsSpeakOut to inform Senators about why #MedicaidMatters to clinicians everywhere. Over 200 of you submitted written comments and video testimonials that we shared widely. Last week, we contacted Congressional staffers in every Senate office sending them your statements.

Thanks to this tremendous grassroots efforts, you’ve helped to delay legislation that would harm our health care system. We are at another crucial moment and the next 48 hours will be critical in determining the fate of these efforts.

It appears that several key Senators who were previous “NOs” on these bills are being pressured into a “YES” vote. There is particular concern about Senators from Alaska, Nevada and West Virginia.

Please continue to make phone calls, write op-eds, and visit congressional offices:

  1. Call your Senators and tell them to oppose any bill that results in an increased number of uninsured patients: (202) 224-3121.
  2. Contact friends, family and colleagues you may have in Alaska, West Virginia or Nevada and tell them to call their Senators to vote NO.
  3. Continue sending us your comments and video testimonials about why #MedicaidMatters to your patients.
  4. For more ways to get involved, visit our Secure Health for All page.

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