Call Of The Day: Demand Proper Promotion Of ACA Open Enrollment

(Adapted from 5calls.org)

While Republican attempts to repeal the ACA have faltered with the demise of the Graham-Cassidy bill, their efforts to sabotage the ACA have continued at full pace.  Instead of faithfully implementing the ACA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has repeatedly impeded the proper functioning of the law.  HHS has inexplicably moved the dates of this year's open enrollment period (now Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and slashed advertising funding by 90%.

Since 2013, the Department of HHS has sent regional directors to states to participate in outreach events to help promote ACA enrollment alongside stakeholders.  This year, however, HHS told all 10 regional directors not to do so.  Most brazenly, HHS has planned outages of the ACA website every Sunday morning during this period, knocking out one of the most popular times for individuals to buy ACA health care plans.

HHS needs to be reminded that the American public is watching and will not stand by if it attempts to endanger our health insurance markets with political games.  In addition to calls, you can also share information about the ACA's open enrollment period with those who may need it: www.healthcare.gov

WHO TO CALL:

Department of Health and Human Services - because this organization is driving legislation related to the issue.  202-205-5445

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I’m a constituent from New Orleans, Louisiana.

I'm calling to ask the department to maintain the ACA's full promotional efforts for open enrollment and stop any unnecessary website outages that would prevent individuals from signing up.  It's in the best interest of the American people for the ACA to be faithfully implemented and not vindictively sabotaged.

Thank you for your time and attention