Children need health care to grow up to be happy, healthy adults. The American Health Care Act, introduced in the House of Representatives last night, includes alarming provisions that would end Medicaid as we know it, a program that nearly one-third of all Nebraska children rely on for their health care, and result in the rationing of health care for kids through cuts to enrollment, services, provider rates, or some combination of all three.
The bill also will make it harder for children who age out of our foster care system to secure and maintain health insurance until age 26, leaving these vulnerable young adults further behind.
While there were many campaign promises to reform the Affordable Care Act, taking away health care from children, people with disabilities, and seniors in nursing homes as the House bill does was never part of the discussion. Perhaps that is because Congress knows that the public’s appetite for this change is low—2/3 of the public want to see Medicaid remain the way it is rather than adopt the changes contained in the current House proposal.
Call your Congressman today! Let them know that you oppose The American Health Care Act and to keep their hands off Medicaid.
District 1: Representative Jeff Fortenberry (402) 438-1598
District 2: Representative Don Bacon (402) 938-0300
District 3: Representative Adrian Smith (308) 384-3900
Senator Fischer: (402) 441-4600
Senator Sasse: (402) 476-1400
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As a country and a state, we have made tremendous strides in ensuring our youngest citizens have access to the health care they need to get and stay well. The American Health Care Act undermines this work and unnecessarily risks the health and wellness of millions of children in the process. For the sake of Nebraska children and millions of other children across the country, we simply cannot allow this bill to pass.
Call your Congressman today! Tell them they cannot reform healthcare on the backs of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.
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