Protect Medicaid

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.”

Contact:

  • 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

Thank you,

Jodie Langs

Action Alert: Call your Senators Today to Vote No on Rep. Tom Price

The Senate will vote as early as tonight on Rep. Tom Price to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Price wants to limit federal Medicaid spending, dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and defund Planned Parenthood. He is also under scrutiny for ethics issues.
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.
Share this information: Please feel free to circulate this Call To Action Form, and if you use Facebook, you can share the call to action from our page https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastChildrensClinic/

New Podcast Series

Check out WestCoast’s new podcast series!

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? 

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We Urge You to Support SB31

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 to Freeze Out ICE

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”

What happens to the children who don’t make the news?

On August 4th, Adela Rodarte, assistant director of WestCoast’s Transition Age Youth Services Program was a guest on KQED’s Forum: OPD Sex Scandal Puts Spotlight on Bay Area Sex Trafficking. In the wake of extensive media coverage about police abuse of an 18-year-old, Forum host Dave Iverson turned our attention to “the children who were exploited the day before that story broke, the day after, and who continue to be exploited today.”

Drawing from eleven years of experience working with exploited youth, Adela spoke to the risk factors that make children vulnerable to trafficking and why we must respond to exploited youth as victims of abuse rather than punishing them.

To listen to the full episode, click here.

Other guest panelists included:

  • Nancy O’Malley, district attorney, Alameda County
  • Kate Walker Brown, attorney, National Center for Youth Law
  • La Toya Gix, human trafficking survivor; advocate, Alameda County’s District Attorney office

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