Make your voice heard!
Stories from families are very powerful and persuasive to our Senators. Tell them what Medicaid means to your family or other families you know. Tell them how expensive care can be for a child with special health care needs, and how important it is to your family to be protected from unaffordable medical expenses. Also urge your family, friends and child’s health care providers to do the same. In addition to calling, send emails.
If you have friends or family living in South Carolina or one of the key states listed below, please reach out to them and ask them to take action too.
Contacting your Senators is easy. Here is what to say and how to get in touch –
Your message to Senators: I urge the Senator to –
- Oppose any type of caps or block grants for Medicaid. [Briefly explain how Medicaid helps your child and family or families you know, and what would happen if those benefits went away.] The House-bill “per capita caps” on federal Medicaid payments to states would leave states with much less money to provide care to children (and others). These caps would be devastating for children with special health care needs, like my child, because states will forced to cut eligibility, services, and/or provider payments, reducing access to care.
- Oppose changes that would weaken insurance benefits and protections for people with pre-existing conditions and high medical expenses. [Briefly explain what would happen to your child and family if you no longer had the ACA’s protections from annual and lifetime limits and unaffordable out-of-pocket spending, or could not find an affordable plan that offered the benefits your child needs.]
- Send an email to the Senator via his/her website at www.[Senator’s lastname].senate.gov or via www.senate.gov. An email gives you the chance to give more detail about what Medicaid and/or the ACA protections mean to your child and family.
- If you are contacting someone from another target state, tell them they can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121and ask for their Senator’s office. To send an email they can go to www.senate.gov and find their Senator’s name and contact information.
- If you or people you know are from one of the following states, you can go to https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org/ to find phone numbers, scripts for phone calls, and links to social media for key Senators. AK, AR, AZ, CO, LA, ME, NV, OH, PA, WV. Be sure to call before taking other action.
- Visit the Senator’s local offices to speak to them or their staff, and/or attend town hall meetings, which can be found at https://townhallproject.com/.
Use multiple methods to communicate — call the DC and local offices, send an email, fax, and use social media. You can tell your story more thoroughly in an email or fax than in a call (but still keep it brief). If you tweet, use the hashtag #KeepKidsCovered #SaveMedicaid #MedicaidMatters or #ProtectOurCare.
* NOTE: When you call a Senator’s office, you will leave a message with the receptionist (or on the machine after hours). Your message should be clear and simple, but also PERSONAL. If you’d like to, you can ask to speak to the Senator’s health aide to convey your message and BRIEFLY tell your story.