The newly proposed U.S. Senate health care bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is devastating for the health and lives of women. Please call Senator Collins today and urge her to vote “NO” to the Senate’s proposed ACA repeal bill.
While Senator Collins has said that she does not support the current ACA repeal bill, we need to continue to ask her to reject any bill that will make access to health care worse for Mainers. Here’s why the proposed ACA repeal bill would be devastating for Maine women:
- Millions of women will once again be charged more for health coverage just for being women. Before the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. was a patchwork of state policy and insurer discretion that made living as a woman more or less expensive depending on where a given woman lived. Eight states allowed insurance companies to deny coverage to women or charge them sky-high premiums if they’d sought treatment for physical or mental health issues caused by domestic abuse, because having experienced domestic violence, insurers claimed, was a “pre-existing condition.” Pregnancy, too, was a pre-existing condition that could cause an insurer to turn a woman away or price her out at a time when she urgently needed health care for her and her fetus.
- Up to 133 million people with pre-existing conditions could once again be charged more or denied affordable, comprehensive coverage that actually covers their health care needs.
- The Congressional Budget Office projects that the proposed bill would lead to the loss of health insurance for 14 million Americans in 2018, and 23 million by 2026.
- The proposed bill would threaten the health and economic security of 7.8 million women, including 5.1 million women of color, who recently gained insurance coverage.
- The proposed bill allows plans to charge older individuals up to five times the amount charged to younger individuals for coverage. This disproportionately affects elderly women, who generally live longer than men and are more likely to live in poverty than elderly men.
- The proposed bill would “defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking individuals enrolled in Medicaid from accessing critical preventive health care services, including birth control, cancer screenings, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, at Planned Parenthood health centers. Doing so would devastate access to preventive care for millions.
- Click here to read more about how the Senate’s proposed ACA repeal bill will negatively impact women’s health.
When you call say:
- Your name;
- Your town; and
- A brief message for Senator Collins. For example:
Hello, my name is [your name] and I live in [town]. As your constituent, I urge you to reject the ACA repeal. Now one should lose their health coverage, and this repeal bill threatens the health care of millions of women, elderly people, children, and people living with disabilities. [Feel free to add in your own health care story or some of the facts above].
Washington, DC: (202) 224-2523
Augusta: (207) 622-8414
Bangor: (207) 945-0417
Biddeford: (207) 283-1101
Caribou: (207) 493-7873
Lewiston: (207) 784-6969
Portland: (207) 780-3575
Thank you for taking action to protect women’s health care today!
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