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ACTION ALERT: URGE KEY SENATORS TO OPPOSE GRAHAM-CASSIDY HEALTH REFORM BILL

 

 

A renewed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is gaining momentum in the Senate. The Senate could vote as soon as NEXT week on a bill sponsored by Senators Graham (R-SC) and Cassidy (R-LA). The Graham-Cassidy bill 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 Graham-Cassidy bill from passing the Senate.

Call your Senators today to ask them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill!

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

  • Capito (R-WV): (202) 224-6472   
  • Collins (R-ME): (202) 224-2523
  • Gardner (R-CO): (202) 224-5941
  • Murkowski (R-AK): (202) 224-6665
  • Portman (R-OH): (202) 224-3353
  • Sullivan (R-AK): (202) 224-3004
  • McCain (R-AZ): (202) 224-2235

Sample call script:

I am a constituent in [town, state] and I am calling to urge the Senator to oppose Graham-Cassidy 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 Graham-Cassidy.

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 

  • Collins (R-ME)

       Twitter: @SenatorCollins

       Facebook: @SusanCollins

  • Gardner (R-CO)

       Twitter: @SenCoryGardner

       Facebook: @SenCoryGardner

  • Murkowski (R-AK)

       Twitter: @lisamurkowski

   Facebook: @SenLisaMurkowski

  • Portman (R-OH)

       Twitter: @senrobportman

       Facebook: @senrobportman

  • Sullivan (R-AK)

       Twitter: @SenDanSullivan

       Facebook: @SenDanSullivan

  • McCain (R-AZ)

       Twitter: @johnmccain

       Facebook: @SenJohnMcCain


Sample Twitter Posts

 

  • .@[Twitter Handle]: I ask you to oppose #GrahamCassidy w/o protections for substance use disorders & #mentalhealth. Vote no Graham-Cassidy

 

  • #Medicaid is a critical lifeline for millions in the US w/ substance use disorders & #mentalillness. @[Twitter Handle]: oppose #GrahamCassidy

 

  • .@[Twitter Handle]: protect access to life-saving substance use disorder & #mentalhealth treatment people have now. Vote no on #GrahamCassidy.

 

  • .@[Twitter Handle]: a #HealthcareBill must maintain #Medicaid’s current financing structure, including the expansion. Vote no #GrahamCassidy.

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 #GrahamCassidy #HealthcareBill to #ProtectOurCare.