Advocacy Alert: US Senate Contacts

As you know, the Senate currently is working to try to pass a ACA repeal bill with the vote likely occurring when Congress returns from the Fourth of July recess. Both California Senators will oppose the legislation and are working with health care industry leaders in California on a strategy to reach out to our colleagues and friends/family in targeted states to encourage Senator’s from those states to vote against the bill. This advocacy alert is in line with an alert you will receive from CHA today that encourages you to make contact with colleagues and family in key states to ask them to weigh in with their Senators. Contact information is below. Also attached is a summary of the Senate bill that came from Senators Feinstein and Harris’s office.
Yesterday, as you heard, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their score of the Senate bill. The Senate Republicans’ACA repeal-and-replace bill would result in 22 million more uninsured people over 10 years and a $321 billion budget deficit over the same period, according to the score.  The analysis is seen as a hurdle for Republicans as they look to pass their bill next month.
Contact info for target Senators:
Email contact pages to Senators may not let you submit if you’re from outside the state, but if you know anyone in the target states (including perhaps staff of hospitals in neighboring states with whom you coordinate), pass the link along. You can make phone calls and tweet targeted Senators.
Senator Susan Collins (Maine)
Phone: 202-224-2523
Senator Dean Heller (Nevada)
Phone: 202-224-6244
Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Phone: 202-224-6665
Senator Rob Portman (Ohio)
Phone: 202-224-3353
Senator Jeff Flake (Arizona)
Phone: 202-224-4521
Senator Shelly Moore Capito (West Virginia)
Phone: 202-224-6472
Additional resources:
Real stories from Covered California:
Georgetown Center for Children and Families

  • Report: Medicaid in Small Towns and Rural America

Commonwealth Fund

  • Report : Medicaid Cuts and Hospital Finances

Kaiser Family Foundation:

  • State by state Medicaid numbers and fact sheets for each state: Link
  • Interactive state-by-state map – what’s at stake with ACA repeal: Link
  • Overall comparison of Senate bill, House bill, and ACA: Link
  • Breakdown of current federal vs. state spending under Medicaid: Link

If you have any questions, please let me know.  And thank you for your ongoing grassroots advocacy.