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Members of Congress are rushing to pass a health care bill that will make it harder and more expensive for women with heart disease to get affordable, quality health care. Major associations, patient advocacy groups, doctors, and hospitals alike have expressed major concerns with the legislation, noting its deep cuts to Medicaid, a program that millions of hard working low-income Americans rely on for health insurance. Now that we have seen the bill, we know what is at stake and who is at risk: people with chronic health conditions.

 What can you do?

This is a crucial moment in our history. Never before has Congress voted to take away access to health care for so many people. You have the power to voice your concerns by making a brief, 5-minute call to your senator.

  • Call Healthcare Security Hotline at 1-866-426-2631 (or 1-877-736-7831 for the Spanish line).

  • Listen to the short message about why the Graham-Cassidy bill is harmful to those who need it most.

  • At the prompt, use your phone to type in your zip code.

  • If you live in a state with Republican senators, it will automatically connect you to one of your senator’s offices.

  • If you live in a state with Democratic senators, the line will connect you to your Republican House member’s office. If this bill passes the Senate, then it must come back through the House where Congressmen will then cast their final votes.

 Here are some tips for talking to your senator or House member:

  • You will probably reach a Congressional staffer or aide who will offer to take down your message.

  • Ask how the senator or member of Congress plans to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill.

  • If he/she opposes the bill, thank them for their support.

  • If your senator or member of Congress supports this harmful legislation, please consider the following script:

“As your constituent, I am calling to express my deep concern about the upcoming vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill. We deserve to know what is in the bill before the vote takes place. On behalf of the nearly 48 million women living with or at risk for heart disease, I am asking to have this vote delayed until after July 4. This would allow time for public hearings and town hall meetings so you can inform your constituents about the bill and how it will impact our health.”

  • If you feel comfortable, share your heart disease story.

  • You can conclude by saying that you hope your senator or member of Congress stands with you.  

  • Let the staffer know that you will be closely watching the vote.

  • Thank the staffer for his/her time.

On behalf of all people affected by heart disease, we thank you for your valuable advocacy at this crucial moment.

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