I am your constituent and am writing because I am very concerned about current health care proposals that will be incredibly harmful for some of our most vulnerable, children and adults with disabilities. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions and strip away requirements for essential health benefits like prescription drugs, hospitalization, or mental health care that are essential for children and families living with disabilities.
Moreover, proposals to block grant or impose harmful caps on coverage would fundamentally weaken Medicaid, which currently covers more than 10 million people with disabilities. Medicaid also helps children receive services in school. Currently, school districts are able to seek reimbursement for the services that they provide for children in school settings. Under the proposed AHCA, schools would no longer be able to access Medicaid funds for these services, leaving a huge hole in school budgets and thousands of kids without the services they need.
I ask that you work to strengthen our health care system for the most vulnerable among us, not strip away protections that have been hard fought to gain. New protections under the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid have improved the lives of children and families living with disabilities. Jeopardizing the health care that keeps many families afloat and working puts lives—and our economy—at risk. No wonder support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is at its highest since it passed in 2010, and support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is extremely low. The American people overwhelmingly want to keep the progress we’ve made in our health care coverage. We are also very concerned that proposals that will threaten our health care security are being discussed behind closed doors. Your constituents deserve to be part of the process that will impact our health care security and the health care security of our children for decades to come.
Please work to ensure the health care security of people with disabilities and all people in the U.S by improving, not repealing the Affordable Care Act, and by standing up against the American Health Care Act, which is a threat to our children, families, and economy.