Call of the Day: Prevent TrumpCare From Hurting Women

Under TrumpCare (a.k.a, the American Health Care Act, or AHCA), women would once again bear a larger financial burden for their health.

The current draft in discussion with the Senate would preserve the stipulation from the House version that allows states to waive essential benefits coverage and allows insurance companies to charge more for preexisting conditions.

That means insurance companies could charge higher premiums for pre-existing conditions that predominately affect women, like breast cancer or domestic violence or sexual assault survival.  Also, maternity and neonatal care would no longer be a required benefit. (Indivisible Guide)

This could result in additional annual surcharges of $17,060 for pregnant people, and $140,510 for people with metastatic cancer.  Obviously that's unacceptable.  So keep calling!

NOTE:  Many of you have asked whether or not we'll still be doing our planned statewide event today.  It depends on the weather and how the storm tracks through today.  Even though this is just a tropical storm, winds can still be dangerous (especially since those high-rises act like a wind tunnel) and flooding is an ever-present concern, especially as close to the lake as Cassidy's Metairie office is.  Your safety comes first.  If it looks like we shouldn't go out today, we'll reschedule our particular visit for Friday or Monday instead.

WHO TO CALL

Senator Cassidy and Sen. Kennedy

Sen. Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130

Sen. John Kennedy: DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and MONROE OFFICE (318) 361-1489

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample script-

Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response.

I'm calling because I'm concerned that in the Senate's health care bill, women will once again end up paying more for their health insurance than men.  Before the ACA, 43 states allowed insurance companies to charge women more for their preexisting conditions and exclude maternity care.  This is unacceptable.  I want the Senator to vote no on any plan that would allow insurance companies to exclude maternity benefits or charge more for preexisting conditions that affect women like breast cancer.

I also want him to push for an open and transparent legislative process where issues like this can be exposed and fixed before the bill is passed.

Thank you for your time, and your hard work answering the phones.  Stay safe out there.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.