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Tell the Senate to Oppose the American Health Care Act

The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would jeopardize access to affordable and adequate health care coverage for people with cystic fibrosis. The House-passed version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) does not meet the needs of the CF community. It would undo critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions, eliminate Medicaid coverage for millions of people, and allow insurers to offer inadequate plans on the insurance exchanges. The Senate will consider the legislation next and may make further changes to the bill.

Call your Senators today to oppose the American Health Care Act. People with cystic fibrosis need access to high-quality, specialized care and affordable, adequate health insurance and the House-passed version of the bill fails to adequately protect our community.

Use the phone number and script below to call your members of Congress. Take time to study and practice the script and please expand upon it with information about you and your family's experience with cystic fibrosis and the needs of those with CF. Once you are familiar with the script, call the phone number below. After being prompted to enter your five-digit zip code, you will be connected to your Senators and to your Representatives who voted to oppose the AHCA. If you are connected to your Representative, please thank them for opposing the AHCA.

Call (202) 517-8215

Hello, my name is [your name here] and I am a constituent of the Senator. I am calling in opposition to the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act.

[I/my loved one has/had] cystic fibrosis (or “CF”), which is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections often leading to respiratory failure. More than 30,000 people have CF in the United States and there is no known cure. 

I can tell you firsthand that people with cystic fibrosis need access to high-quality, specialized care and adequate, affordable health insurance. The legislation passed by the House fails to protect our community.

The AHCA allows states to loosen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, effectively eliminates Medicaid expansion and alters Medicaid's funding structure in a way that would reduce access to care and treatments.

The legislation also doesn’t support people with CF who need to purchase their own health insurance, will likely cause young people with CF to shoulder more of the cost for their plan, and will allow insurers to offer inadequate plans on the insurance exchanges.

Once again, I urge the Senator to consider the critical role health coverage plays in enabling people with CF to lead longer and healthier lives and oppose the American Health Care Act.

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