The Senate is considering another effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the end of the month. Last week, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) released a new plan to repeal and replace the ACA. This proposal is commonly referred to as Graham-Cassidy, and it must be considered by the Senate by September 30 in order to meet technical Senate rules for a 50 vote threshold.
The bill contains many of the same harmful provisions that PPMD and the patient advocacy community have opposed this year throughout the repeal process.
The Graham-Cassidy proposal would repeal federal ACA funding for premium support, cost-sharing subsidies, and Medicaid expansion, and replace it with block grants to states to use to implement their health insurance markets. It would also allow states to opt out of important patient protections and radically transform the Medicaid program and reduce funding for it. Click here to learn more about what is in Graham-Cassidy.
We must urge the Senate to #ProtectPatientsNow by voting “no” on the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead continuing to support ongoing bipartisan efforts to stabilize the market and create long-term solutions for the healthcare system.
Graham-Cassidy will lead to unaffordable insurance for people with Duchenne and other complex health conditions and coverage that will be inadequate to meet their health care needs.
Please vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy proposal
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you to protect patients by voting "no" on the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead support bipartisan efforts to stabilize the market and create long-term solutions for the healthcare system.
Graham-Cassidy will lead to unaffordable insurance for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other complex health conditions and coverage that will be inadequate to meet their health care needs. Graham-Cassidy will have a devastating impact on people with complex and chronic conditions. People with complex and chronic conditions will pay more for less benefit. Graham-Cassidy repeals the Medicaid expansion, premium tax credits, and cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, and redistributes the money to the states in block grants to operate their health care programs, allowing states to opt out of important protections that exist to protect people with chronic condition like Duchenne.
Please protect patients and vote no on this proposal.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]