Affordable Care Act Resources
On July 15, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that a vote on the Senate’s health repeal bill, BCRA, would be postponed to allow Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to recover from surgery. This delay cannot disrupt advocacy efforts to defeat this harmful bill. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as the bill would cause 22 million people to lose health care coverage, gut Medicaid funding, cause premiums to rise for older and sicker Americans, and completely erode protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Despite recent changes, as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities notes: “The Senate bill isn’t fixable: every major element would cause people to lose coverage or make it unaffordable.”
It’s actually been made worse with the adoption of the Cruz amendment, which would segment the market into healthy people and sick people. In fact, the insurance industry came out in strong opposition, saying: “premiums will skyrocket for preexisting conditions” and calling the amendment “unworkable.” Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Tom Price said that insurers should “dust off” their business practices from before the ACA was implemented – a time when cancer survivors could not purchase reasonably priced insurance.
NOW is the time to call your Senators to voice your opposition to this harmful legislation. Everyone should call, but the following states are especially critical: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Maine, Nevada, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Please share this message with friends and family who live in any of those states. Thank you for standing up to protect cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Call 844-257-6227 to be directly connected with your Senators.
Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cancer survivors were at the mercy of the health care system, often forced to pay exorbitant premiums or simply denied coverage altogether. Today, America’s 16 million cancer survivors benefit from the ACA’s patient protections that are critical to providing them with quality, affordable, and accessible health care coverage. NCCS is actively engaged in advocating to ensure this unprecedented access continues.
However, that access is under serious threat with the Senate trying to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) and the House of Representatives passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA). These catastrophic bills would cause:
- At least 22 million people to lose health coverage, including many with employer-sponsored insurance;
- Medicaid, a life-line for nearly 80 million people, to be gutted resulting in 15 million losing coverage and significant cuts for those who remain;
- Premiums to skyrocket, especially for older and sicker Americans;
- Pre-existing condition protections and essential health benefits to be repealed for millions.
Millions of cancer patients, survivors, and their families would be severely impacted.
On this page we will provide regular updates on the legislation, what they mean for cancer survivors, and how survivors and advocates can make their voices heard in this debate.
How Can I Get Involved?
Contact/Meet Your Members of Congress
Whether you attend a town hall event in your district, set up an in-person meeting with the district office, or call your Member, every effort is vital in saving our care. Did you know it takes on average only SEVEN
phone calls for Members of Congress to flag an issue?
Call Your Senators
The Senate GOP recently released their version of the ACA repeal bill that they crafted in secret. Under this bill, millions of Americans, including cancer survivors, will lose health insurance. Cancer survivors are at risk of losing vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and premiums and out-of-pocket costs will increase for millions of Americans, especially older, sicker people.
NCCS has set up a toll-free number to make it easy for you to call your Senators and urge them to reject the AHCA. Call (844) 257-6227 to be directly connected to your Senator’s office.
Tips on Town Halls, In-Person Meetings, and More
This printable PDF tip sheet below includes helpful information about setting up meetings, attending town halls, and calling Congress. The sheet also contains sample questions to ask your Members of Congress.
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Do you have questions or need assistance? We can help you set up meetings with your Members of Congress.
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