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ACTION ALERT: URGE KEY SENATORS TO OPPOSE BRCA

 

 

Senate Republican Leadership released a discussion draft of their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in preparation for a vote next week.  The Senate’s bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), would repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (aka Obamacare) by:

 

·       Ending the guaranteed coverage of substance use disorders and mental health treatment services 

·       Cutting Medicaid, a critical lifeline for millions of Americans with substance use disorders and mental illness 

With very narrow margins in the Senate, it will only take 3 Senators to stop the BRCA without protections for substance use disorders and mental health treatment from passing the Senate.

Call your Senators today to ask them to oppose the BRCA without protections for substance use disorders and mental health.

A list of key decision-making Senators to call is below: 

·        Capito (R-WV)

       (202) 224-6472 

·        Cassidy (R-LA)

       (202) 224-5824

·        Collins (R-ME)

       (202) 224-2523

·        Gardner (R-CO)

       (202) 224-5941

·        Heller (R-NV)

       (202) 224-6244

·        Murkowski (R-AK)

       (202) 224-6665

·        Portman (R-OH)

       (202) 224-3353

·        Sullivan (R-AK)

       (202) 224-3004

·        Flake (R-AZ)

       (202) 224-4521


Sample call script:

I am a constituent in [town, state] and I am calling to urge the Senator to oppose the BRCA without protections for substance use disorders and mental health. 

·        In the face of the opioid overdose and suicide epidemics, equal and affordable access to a full continuum of substance use disorder and mental health treatment services must be an essential component of health care coverage.

·        Medicaid coverage is a critical lifeline for millions of Americans with substance use disorders and mental illness. Cutting or capping Medicaid and ending the Medicaid expansion will be devastating to those who can’t afford health care in the private market.

·        I respectfully ask that the Senator ensure that no American loses the access to life-saving substance use disorder and mental health treatment that they have today.

·        Please vote NO on the BRCA.

Social Media

You can also contact your representatives through social. Social media handles for key Senators are listed below; if yours isn’t on the list, you can Google [Senator name] and [Twitter/Facebook]. Be sure to look for the blue check mark next to the name to ensure you’re using the official account.


·        Capito (R-WV)

       Twitter: @SenCapito

       Facebook: @SenShelley

·        Cassidy (R-LA)

       Twitter: @BillCassidy

       Facebook: @BillCassidy

·        Collins (R-ME)

       Twitter: @SenatorCollins

       Facebook: @SusanCollins

·        Gardner (R-CO)

       Twitter: @SenCoryGardner

       Facebook: @SenCoryGardner


·        Heller (R-NV)

       Twitter: @SenDeanHeller

       Facebook: @SenDeanHeller

·        Murkowski (R-AK)

       Twitter: @lisamurkowski

   Facebook: @SenLisaMurkowski

·        Portman (R-OH)

       Twitter: @senrobportman

       Facebook: @senrobportman

·        Sullivan (R-AK)

       Twitter: @SenDanSullivan

       Facebook: @SenDanSullivan

·        Flake (R-AZ)

       Twitter: @JeffFlake

       Facebook: @SenatorJeffFlake


Sample Twitter Posts

 

  • .@[Twitter Handle]: I ask you to oppose the #HealthcareBill w/o protections for substance use disorders and #mentalhealth. Please vote NO #BRCA.
  • #Medicaid coverage is a critical lifeline for millions in the US w/ substance use disorders & #mentalillness. @[Twitter Handle]:OPPOSE #BRCA
  • .@[Twitter Handle]: ensure no one loses access to life-saving substance use disorder & #mentalhealth treatment they have today. OPPOSE #BRCA
  •  .@[Twitter Handle]: a #HealthcareBill must maintain #Medicaid’s current financing structure, including the expansion. #BCRA isn't #BetterCare

 

Note: the period in front of the Twitter handle is important to ensure that it is posted visibly on your Senator’s page

 

 

Sample Facebook Post

 

In the face of the #opioid overdose and suicide epidemics, equal and affordable access to a full continuum of substance use disorder and mental health treatment services must be an essential component of health care coverage. 

#Medicaid coverage is a critical lifeline for millions of Americans with substance use disorders and #mentalillness. Cutting or capping Medicaid and ending the Medicaid expansion will be devastating to those who can’t afford health care in the private market.

[Facebook handle], please ensure that no American loses the access to life-saving substance use disorder and mental health treatment that they have today.

I ask you to oppose the GOP #HealthcareBill. #BCRA isn’t #BetterCare.