A group of Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), is currently working on legislative changes that would alter our country’s health care system, without holding hearings, without consulting lawmakers across the aisle, and without consulting health and human services professionals.
We urge members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities' strategic action network to contact your senators via phone and social media, and ask them to #ShowUsTheBill
As a sector that works at the nexus of families and communities, as well as the systems they rely on for health care, we need to demand a seat at the table to share our expertise on the potentially devastating impact of cuts to Medicaid on low-income families, children, seniors, individuals with mental illness, individuals with substance abuse issues, schools, hospitals, rural communities, and state economies.
Post on Social Media
- Identify your senators’ Twitter handles; view the list of Twitter handles for active members of Congress
- Download this sign and enter your senators' handles in the section that reads @YourSenator
- Take a picture of yourself with the sign and post it to Twitter and Facebook; use the sample message: @YourSenator: America’s health & human professionals urge Senate to #ShowUsTheBill. #MedicaidMatters to people in our community.
Call Your Senator
After an initial flood of calls, members of the Senate were recently quoted as saying that their phones are not ringing off the hook with constituent calls about changes to health care coverage. We are joining the efforts of several coalitions to change their perception.
Call your legislators' office during regular office hours. Contact information is available through Call My Congress.
Sample Call Dialogue
Caller: Hi there, I’m a constituent of [Senator X]. Can I please speak with the staffer who handles health care?
Staffer: I’m happy to take down any comments you may have. Can I ask for your name and address to verify you’re in the senator’s state?
Caller: Sure. [Give name/address]. I am [name, title, organization] from [city]. My organization provides [types of services] to [number of people] and employs [number of staff members] in our community. I am calling as a leader in my community and a concerned constituent. Changing the way in which the federal government finances the Medicaid program will have deeply felt consequences across the entire health care system. We are particularly concerned about the impact on low-income families, children, and seniors. I would like to know what position the senator is taking on these issues. [If they stick with the “I’m just a staffer” line, ask them when a more senior staffer will get back to you with an answer to your question.]
Staffer: Well, I really appreciate you calling and sharing your thoughts! I of course can’t speak for the senator because I’m just a staff assistant, but I can tell you that I’ll pass your comments on to him/her.
Caller: Thank you. Please let him/her know that on behalf of our network of thousands of health and human service professionals, we are concerned that the bill passed by the House was not fully understood by either the members who voted for it or the individuals it will impact. Furthermore, it was not scored by the CBO and not given due process to explore its impact. We urge the U.S. Senate to take a different approach. At a minimum, public hearings should be held so that everyone can be more fully aware of the impact that federal decisions will have on access to health care coverage across the nation, as well as the impact on state economies. As professionals and members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, we work at the nexus of families, communities, and systems. Based on our unique expertise, we ask the Senate to employ a more deliberative process and identify solutions that would result in gains, not losses, for the people who are served by the Medicaid program. Our sector stands ready to work with members of congress to achieve these goals and help identify such solutions.
Staffer: Thank you. I will pass your message along to the senator.
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