Today Congress will vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to make massive changes to our nation’s health care laws:
· The American Health Care Act will deny millions of pregnant women and their families the affordable coverage and quality services they need.
· It will cause significant coverage losses, particularly among low-income women of childbearing age.
· Certain consumer protections in the individual market protections will be eliminated.
Call your Member of Congress to vote against this legislation. Calling your Representative is fast and easy! Every Congressional office will receive hundreds of calls today from constituents. To find your Representative and their phone number, visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/ and enter your zip code in the top right corner. Call the DC office and use the following script as your guide:
· Hello my name is _________ and I’m a constituent of the Representative’s. (You will have to give your address as well to verify that you are a constituent.)
· I’m deeply concerned about the impact of the American Health Care Act on maternal and child health.
· This bill will result in the loss of maternity coverage, or all insurance coverage, for millions of women.
· If women can’t get good prenatal care, they are more likely to have sick babies. Families, communities, and our whole nation will suffer as a result.
· Preterm birth alone already costs our nation over $26 billion each year. If more women are uninsured, those numbers are going way up.
· (If desired, share own story of self or someone you care about needing pregnancy care, having a preemie, or similar story.)
· I urge the Representative to vote No on the American Health Care Act. It goes in the wrong direction for women, infants and families.
Kaua`i representative: Tulsi Gabbard
Washington, DC Office
1433 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4906
Fax: (202) 225-4987
Hawaiʻi District Office
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 5-104
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: (808) 541-1986
Fax: (808) 538-0233