#ProtectOurCare Action Alert to Save Medicaid

The Guiding Principles of Empower Missouri begin with this phrase: “All people in Missouri should have true access to quality health care….” Given that this right is so foundational to us, we are gravely alarmed by proposals at the state and federal levels – to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to establish block grants or spending caps within Medicaid, or to in other ways radically constrict access to affordable care for millions of Americans.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Please contact your U.S. Senator and Congressional today (calls preferred) to say “Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act without providing an affordable high quality alternative to serve the needs of my family and my community.”

Sen. Blunt’s contact information: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/

Sen.McCaskill’s contact information: https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/

To find contact information for your U.S. Congress member:
http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

You may also use this call-in number as part of the Nation Day of Action to defend health coverage on January 24:

866-426-2631

MO STATE LEVEL

In Jefferson City, Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) has proposed Senate Bill (SB) 28, the “Medicaid Global Waiver” bill. This bill was heard on January 11 in the Senate Committee on Seniors, Families and Children. A vote could come as early as the next meeting of the committee, 8 a.m. on January 25. Pick up your phone right now and call the our state senators. Ask them to vote no on SB 28, to preserve a strong Medicaid program for the sake of seniors, persons with disabilities, families, and children, and to wait until there is less uncertainty at the federal level to begin tinkering with the funding structure of Medicaid in Missouri.

Click for the Committee members’ phone numbers and emails.

For an analysis of SB 28, authored by Joel Ferber of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, for informational purposes only, and taking no position on the passage or defeat of SB 28, click here.

For a briefing paper on SB 28 by Dr. Sidney Watson of the St. Louis University School of Law, Center for Health Law Studies, click here.

LOCAL ACTIONS:

To volunteer to phone bank so that more Missourians learn about the threats posed by eliminating or slashing Medicaid, email info@empowermissouri.org. Training will be furnished.

Our Columbia area members are asked to join other advocates for affordable, high-quality health care at the following elected officials’ offices on Friday, Jan 27th:

• Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler’s office from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., 2415 Carter Lane, Suite 4
• Senator Roy Blunt’s office noon to 1:00 pm, 1001 Cherry St, Suite 104

Congress is on the verge of cutting over 20 million people from health care. We cannot be silent. Join Empower Missouri, Jobs with Justice, Missouri Health Care for All, Planned Parenthood, SEIU and National Nurses United on Saturday, January 28, to tell your story of what the Affordable Care Act means to you! Speak Out this Saturday at 10am at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW 655) Hall, 300 Weidman, Ballwin, MO.

Some participants will be headed to Washington DC next week, and they want to carry your voice and stories with them. Please come out to support them at the speak out and a rally to follow.

SWMO/Springfield: save the date for an action on Saturday February 4th. Details coming soon.

Watch our Facebook page for additional announcements of public events to #ProtectOurCare.

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