Call Of The Day: Protect The ACA's Mandate To Insure Contraception

(Today's script adapted from 5calls.org)

Since 2011, the Affordable Care Act has mandated that female contraceptives, such as the birth control pill, must be covered by insurance without a co-pay.  This provision has made birth control affordable for millions of Americans.

The mandate isn't absolute:  It does allow exemptions to certain organizations that object to birth control for religious reasons (such as religiously affiliated hospitals, or "closely held" private companies).

However, the Trump administration is expected to finalize a new rule in the coming days that would extend this exemption to ALL employers who claim religious beliefs, including publicly traded companies and other for-profit ventures.  Worse, the new rule would also create an exemption for health insurance companies that claim to have "moral objections" to birth control.

Trump's new rule—which would go into effect as soon as it is published—would undermine access to affordable birth control for millions of Americans.  Yet the administration is not even having a period of public comment on it.  Time to make your voice heard.

WHO TO CALL:

Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price
DC OFFICE: (202) 205-5445

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 [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling today to object to any change in the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.  Adding more exemptions to the contraceptives mandate will erode access to preventative healthcare for millions of Americans.  I ask that any plan to remove this mandate be abandoned – or, at the very least, that you allow for a period of public comment on the rule before publishing it.

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

Bonus call:  While you're on the phone, drop a line to your members of Congress too—especially Senator Cassidy—and let them know that ending contraceptives coverage is a non-starter for you.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.