Action Alert for Child & Family Advocates from Michigan’s Children (March 8, 2017)


Now Is the Time To Protect Health Care

The first major legislative effort of the Republican controlled Congress in Washington, D.C. this year will be the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  The American Health Care Act was released Monday evening and is being considered this week by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  As expected, the plan contains some extremely alarming provisions, including a federal cap on the Medicaid program, which would dramatically impact access to health care for children and young adults in Michigan and potentially devastate future Michigan budgets.

Congressional leadership appears insistent to push this through before the general public and all interested parties fully understand the impact of the changes.

Contact your U.S. House of Representatives member and urge them to slow this process down, schedule congressional hearings to discuss and receive input on these proposals and wait for a full analysis of how the bill would impact coverage rates and support to states’ Medicaid programs.

Read Matt’s Capitol Corner.

Find out who represents you in Washington, DC and how to contact them.

Read Michigan’s Children’s brief on the impact of Medicaid caps.

Read a press statement from our federal partners, the First Focus Campaign for Children.

Read Children Need Health Insurance – So Do Their Parents, by the Center for Law and Social Policy.

Read a comprehensive analysis of the current proposals by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.