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Action Alert: contact your reps to oppose repeal of Health Care Reform

The momentous health care reform act passed last year is in jeopardy. Contact your representative now to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act (health care reform). The House of Representatives is expected to vote TODAY to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As you know, this law is especially important to nursing home residents, nursing home neglect advocates, and families of those in nursing homes. The Health Care reform law contains numerous provisions to improve nursing home transparency and quality, prevent elder abuse, and expand access to home and community-based services. Please contact your representatives now and urge him or her to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act! Personal stories have tremendous impact, so feel free to share your personal story with your representative. Do you have a family member in a nursing home? How will the Affordable Care Act affect you personally?

To phone your representative, you can call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask for his or her office when the operator answers. You can obtain e-mail addresses for your representatives by visiting the House website (www.house.gov). Enter your zip code in the place provided at the top of the page and the link will take you to the member’s website and contact information. If the switchboard is jammed with calls, e-mail may be the best option. When calling your representative, some talking points include the following:

“My name is [__________________]. I/my organization represents nursing home residents and others who receive long-term care in Representative ________’s district. Please ask Representative ________ to vote AGAINST the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The law makes nursing homes safer and more accountable for the quality of services that they provide to people. The Act also helps the elderly and people with disabilities remain independent in their own homes and stay out of nursing homes. Please oppose the repeal of health care reform.” Then, you can add your own personal stories.

Watch for more alerts and information on leaving the Affordable Care Act in place at the Consumer Voice website.