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Use your voice. Your words. Your story. We’ve made it easy for you by providing pre-written letters to Congress, but feel free to edit and make your letter your own. Below is a list of active letter campaigns. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact grassroots@aafp.org.

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Health Care Reform Under Attack In the SenateAgain!

The Senate is poised to vote by September 30 on new legislation – introduced September 13 by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) – to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Just like the health care bill the Senate rejected in July, this plan would slash federal Medicaid support.

  • It would allow states to opt out of virtually all the ACA’s insurer regulations by obtaining waivers.
  • It would allow states to opt out of the law’s “essential health benefits,” the baseline services that insurers must cover.
  • Proponents are rushing the process, as they don't yet have a score from the Congressional Budget Office on how the measure would affect the deficit, how many people might lose insurance and whether premiums would spike.

Speak Out now and contact your senators (particularly your Republican senators). Urge them to protect health coverage and oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill.

Protect THCGME

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program trains residents in community-based settings and helps address the shortage of primary care physicians. If we do not take action, this important program will expire on September 30, 2017! Tell your legislators to cosponsor the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017 (H.R. 3394/S. 1754).

Reauthorize CHIP Funding

The Children’s Health Insurance Program has contributed greatly to ensuring affordable insurance and access to medical services for millions of children, with fewer than 5% of U.S. children currently lacking insurance. However, funding for CHIP runs out September 30, 2017. Without reauthorization, more than half of states are projected to exhaust federal CHIP funds by March 2018. We need you to reach out to your legislators in Washington, D.C., to urge them to reauthorize this vital program now. Please write to Capital Hill to save this program.

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