The House GOP released the text of their Affordable Care Act bill last night which dismantles the core of the Obamacare program, including Medicaid expansion (MediCal in California). It also substantially reduces the ACA subsidies that helped millions afford health insurance.
The proposal also caps federal spending on the Medicaid program, a plan that shifts health care costs to states. This would spell disaster for California’s most vulnerable children and families, including former foster youth who are currently eligible for Medicaid coverage until age 26.
### IMMEDIATE STEPS ###
What you can do:
Make three phone calls. Sample script: “There must be an open and transparent process before taking health insurance away from tens of millions of people and destroying Medicaid.”
“The secret plan needs to be debated responsibly under regular order – there needs to be an opportunity for input, hearings, and a CBO score before the first vote is cast in Committee.”
- Call House Speaker Ryan – (202) 225-0600
- Call the House Energy & Commerce Committee – (202) 225-2927
- Call the House Ways & Means Committee – (202) 225-3625
- Spread the word via social mediausing the hashtag #ProtectMedicaid and
#ProtectOurCare and forward this email to your networks
* If you live in a district with a Republican House Representative, call them too! 866-426-2631 (you will be connected to your Republican Representative). Click here for a constituent script.
Timeline: Votes in two key committees are scheduled for tomorrow without opportunity for hearings or a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (known as the “CBO score”). The House wants to jam the legislation through so they don’t need to answer to their constituents when they go home for the next Recess in early April.
The bottom line?
“This is not replacement legislation, it is a measure intended to repeal the ACA and destroy Medicaid as we know it.” –National Health Law Program
Sources: National Health Law Program; Washington Post; Politico; Indivisible
WestCoast’s Transition Age Youth Program Director Yvette MacDonald is quoted in this story about identifying and supporting sexually exploited youth in healthcare settings. Read more of the story “Sex-trafficking victims get specialized care at Mercy clinic; doctors watch for telltale signs” at The Sacramento Bee.
Why it Matters: Rep. Price advocates for cuts to Medicaid (MediCal in CA) and the Affordable Care Act that would result in 5 million Californians losing healthcare, a $20 billion state budget gap, and reduced access to mental health and health services for WestCoast’s children and families.
Action: Call Senators Harris and Feinstein to ask for their NO votes on Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Ask them to hold the vote until an ethics investigation is complete.
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On November 29th, 2016, WestCoast Children’s Clinic hosted a panel to discuss how racism and misogyny drive child sex trafficking in the United States. As women and their allies across the country voice opposition to policies that explicitly endanger women and girls, the need to address the impact of the child sex trade on girls of color is greater than ever. Today we’re releasing the first two of five podcasts from a recording of the evening. Please click through to listen to this important conversation with five national experts in the anti-trafficking movement.
Child Sex Trafficking: Who is for sale and what cost?
Support SB 31, The California Religious Freedom Act! The bill
Directs California state and local governments to refrain from initiating, participating in, or assisting with any program to create a religious list, registry, or database, or using information about people’s national origin or ethnicity to achieve the same basic purpose.
Check to see if your CA Senator is on the Appropriations committee, where the bill will next be heard. If they’re on the committee, give them a call!
Take Action Today: Call Senator Nancy Skinner, Chair of the Public Safety Committee at (916) 651-4009 and ask her to vote YES on SB 54 (de León). The bill will be heard in both the judiciary and public safety committees on Tuesday.
Also known as the California Values Act, SB 54 (de León) prohibits using state and local public resources to aid Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in deportation actions. Click the link to read Senator de León’s press release about the bill. http://sd24.senate.ca.gov/news/2016-12-07-senate-leader-de-león-introduces-bill-“freeze-out-ice”
Will you join us in our commitment to children and families? Click here to support WestCoast today. http://www.westcoastcc.org/give/
Last Tuesday we hosted a panel, Child Sex Trafficking: Who is for sale and at what cost? at the Oakland Impact Hub. We were privileged to hear from a phenomenal group of women who spoke powerfully about the ways racism and misogyny drive child sex trafficking in the United States. Thank you, Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie, Minh Dang, Holly Joshi, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, and Malika Saada Saar.
Stacey Katz said, “The sexual exploitation of kids happens because we let it happen — conversely then, we can stop it. But meaningful social change—a true culture shift—takes more than what any one of us can do. It takes a critical mass including you, who are a part of our WestCoast community.”
We are grateful to the more than 250 people– survivors, community members, advocates, and providers who joined us last week.
Toward our goal of raising awareness and inspiring action, click here to hear the opening remarks, and have a conversation you wouldn’t otherwise have had. Please consider making a donation to support our continued work and direct services.
Much gratitude from all of us at WestCoast Children’s Clinic.
Visit www.westcoastcc.org/whoisforsale for resources, including articles written by panelists.
WestCoast is Never Elsewhere’s Community Partner for the month of October! 10% of all proceeds will be donated to WestCoast in support of our work. Plus, use the promo code WCCC for 20% off through the end of the month!
Here more about our story at Never Elsewhere’s website.
Dear WestCoast Community,
We are proud to announce that yesterday, Governor Brown signed SB 1322 (Mitchell), which precludes commercially sexually exploited children from being arrested and charged with prostitution. By doing so, California affirms that there is no such thing as a child prostitute.
This would not have been possible without your calls, letters, tweets, and amazing advocacy. Your support made a huge difference, and we can’t thank you enough!
We would also like to thank Senator Holly J. Mitchell, survivor advocates, and our coalition partners for undertaking this important work with us. WestCoast worked closely with National Center for Youth Law, California Welfare Directors’ Association, the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, Children Now, and Children’s Law Center of California to meet with legislative staff and testify at hearings. Many other organizations submitted letters of support, made calls, and participated in the social media campaign.
Policy & Communications Director