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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Americans' access to insurance is under attack. Be an Open Enrollment Resource

The Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is Nov. 1 - Jan. 12.

 

THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS IN COLORADO IS $369/MONTH FOR THOSE WHO BUY ON THE INSURANCE EXCHANGE.

 

Many working people miss out on this opportunity. Be a resource in your community and remind your networks about this critical time!

 

Insurance Under Assault

Trump cut the open enrollment period in half nationally -- from three months to 45 days. The federal enrollment website -- not our Colorado one -- will mysteriously shut down nearly every Sunday during the period. And federal advertising to promote enrollment has been cut by 90%. We're sure he had good reasons.

But Colorado is Colorado, and our state has stepped up to offer a longer enrollment period, all the way to January 12th. According to one source, fully 20% of the expected 35% average individual market 2018 rate increase was caused by Republican efforts to undermine the exchanges.

The good news is that enrollments are strong so far this year. 

 

Open Enrollment 101

Open Enrollment is the public's opportunity to buy health insurance for the coming year through one of the state or federal insurance plan exchanges created  by the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. In Colorado, we have an exchange called Connect for Health.

For working-age folks without insurance plans provided by an employer or other party, this is their main chance to shop for subsidy-eligible plans that scale with their income. This period is also the only time that most people utilizing ACA exchange plans can make changes to their existing policies or fringe benefits.  For those on Medicare, the enrollment period is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, and this is their chance to remain on the main Medicare program or enroll in supplemental programs. 

Individuals with incomes below $48,240 and families of four with incomes below $98,400 qualify for premium tax credits, though every individual and family should check their own eligibility. 

Chances are you know a few people in your community who may not be aware of the Open Enrollment Period for either public exchange insurance or Medicare. 

 

Here are a few key resources on what's different in 2018 and how individuals can seek assistance when shopping for a plan:

There are several changes in 2018, but strangest among them: Gold level plans may no longer be better than Silver level plans. Learn more here

Curious to see ballpark plan costs in your area without creating an exchange account first? Click here

Want extra help in shopping for plans or accessing the system -- be it by phone, in person, or at a training event? Head here

Connect for Health Colorado is our state's public health insurance exchange. Head there to shop for 2018.

 

Stay Healthy America.

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

#KillTheBill:  TrumpCare is on its last legs. Now, it’s time to finish it.

Two Republican Senators—Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah (thank you for your calls!)—will oppose TrumpCare. That means that Republicans DO NOT HAVE THE VOTES to pass the bill.

This is huge news, and it’s a triumph for the hundreds of thousands of people across the country who called, protested, and showed up to district offices and town halls and rallies to fight for our health care and our lives.

But let’s be clear: this fight isn’t over. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will pull out all the stops to pass an ACA repeal bill. In fact, after failing to get enough votes to pass this most recent version of TrumpCare, McConnell has now indicated he will try to ram through a straight repeal bill. This is a last-ditch effort—and the only thing that will finish TrumpCare off for good is a wave of constituent power.

What you can do:

1. Show up at an action in Colorado TODAY:

Rally for Universal Health Care
Senator Cory Gardner’s Durango Office
329 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite I
When:  Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 AM

#KillTheBill
Senator Cory Gardner's Fort Collins Office
2001 S. Shields Street, Building H
When:  Tuesday, July 18, 9:00 AM

2. Visit (or call) Senator Gardner’s other offices and demand that he uphold the Affordable Care Act and protect health coverage for all Americans.  Take photos, take video, post to social media.

Colorado Springs
719-632-6706
102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 930
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Denver                    
303-391-5777
1125 17th Street, Suite 525
Denver, CO 80202

Grand Junction      
970-245-9553
400 Rood Avenue, Federal Bldg.
Suite 220
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Greeley                   
970-352-5546
801 8th Street, Suite 140A
Greeley, CO 80631

Pueblo                
719-543-1324
503 N. Main Street, Suite 426
Pueblo, CO 81003

Washington, DC    
202-224-5941
354 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Yuma                      
970-228-7175
529 North Albany Street, Suite 1220
Yuma, CO 80759

Mitch McConnell will keep trying to gut the Affordable Care Act because he would rather cut taxes for billionaires than let 32 million people keep their health insurance—the number that would lose insurance with a full repeal. Every day we stop him is a victory. Stay in this fight with us.

Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect – New York Times

GOP gives up on replacing Obamacare now: McConnell and Trump call for simply repealing – CNBC

McConnell: Senate will try to repeal ObamaCare with delayed replacement - The Hill

www.indivisibleguide.com

 

 

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Call the six Republican Senators who are on the fence about Trumpcare.  Let them know that you vehemently OPPOSE.  We need only three Republicans to reject Trumpcare to stop this devastating and unpopular bill.  These Senators are the ones who can make or break this fiasco of a bill that affects us all.  Even though we are not their constituents, we are their fellow Americans.  Keep the pressure on!

Last week, the Republicans announced their "new" Trumpcare bill. It's as disastrous as its nearly identical precursor. It kicks tens of millions of Americans off health care, ends Medicaid as we know it, and defunds Planned Parenthood.  And in some ways, this new Trumpcare bill is even worse than the last one. It guts protections for people with preexisting conditions—that can be anything from cancer to pregnancy to mental illness to diabetes to addiction.  

Even though the vote has been delayed by Mitch McConnell, it is important that these key Senators hear from you NOW.  Tell these six senators that you oppose Trumpcare and that it's wrong to take health care away from tens of millions of Americans.  Time, and number of calls, are of the essence!  

Mike Lee, Utah
361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5444
Contact: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

John Hoeven, North Dakota
338 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2551
Contact: www.hoeven.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-the-senator

Dean Heller, Nevada
324 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6244
Contact: www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6665
Contact: www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Rob Portman, Ohio
448 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3353
Contact: www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=contact…

Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
172 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6472
Contact: www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley

McConnell isn’t interested in fixing health care—he wants 50 votes and a political win for his party. Your advocacy matters immensely. No matter where you live, please call these senators today. 

In addition, please call Republican Senator Cory Gardner and let him know that you oppose this bill.

Senate Republicans Say They “Fixed” TrumpCare. Don’t Believe Them. - Indivisible

Latest GOP Health Care Bill Sees Immediate Defections from Republicans - NBC

McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery - CNN

Republican health bill: latest draft would scrap contraception mandate - the Guardian

The new GOP health-care plan is still an abomination - Washington Post Editorial

With gratitude to K.L. for this Daily Action.

TOMORROW:  #KILLTHEBILL DAY OF ACTION: VISIT YOUR LOCAL SENATOR'S OFFICES and demand that they vote NO on TRUMPCARE.

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Cory Gardner and the American Health Care Act.  Senator Gardner - you must speak with your constituents.

Call Senator Gardner
Script:  I’m calling from [ZIP].  I am curious why Senator Gardner has been unable to speak with his constituents IN PERSON, yet he has plenty of time to hold private meetings at a retreat with the Koch brothers at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs during his time off.  Please let him know that his constituents across the state are waiting to speak to him about his stance on the American Health Care Act, and other important issues, and the fact that he is prepared to take health care away from 22 million Americans.  We expect that he will take the time to speak with us IN PERSON about this vital issue while he is back in Colorado. 

Disabled protesters arrested at Sen. Cory Gardner’s Denver office after 2-day sit-in - The Denver Post

Protesters Spend Night at Cory Gardner’s Denver Office to Fight Health Care Bill – The Denver Post

Cory Gardner wants to slow Senate GOP’s Push for Quick Health Care Vote - The Denver Post

Cory Gardner attending Koch retreat in Colorado where leaders blasted the Senate GOP health care bill - The Denver Post

 

 

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Friday's D3 Daily Action

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Keep speaking out on health care.  Now is the time.  Senators are using this week’s recess to gauge your needs.  Call them TODAY.

The Senate is in the midst of holding closed-door meetings to draft their version of Trumpcare, and all signs are pointing to it being just as bad as the House version. Let Senator Cory Gardner & Senator Michael Bennet know you’re watching.

Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling about healthcare. I would like _NAME_ to fight for my right to affordable, quality healthcare coverage. Specifically, (list what you want). Ideas:
1. No gender discrimination.
2. No lifetime caps.
3. To cover all pre-existing conditions.
4. To cost less than $X per month per person.
5. Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.
6. Start pressuring health insurance companies to decrease costs.
7. Then share a story about why one of these is important to you, personally. Thanks!

Last month, members of the House rubber-stamped this administration's irresponsible Obamacare repeal plan, which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would cover 23 million fewer Americans. Members of Congress are putting their own constituents' lives at risk, and it's unacceptable.

The bill is now in the Senate—and senators are meeting behind closed doors to draft their own version of it. It's crucial that we make our voices heard on the disastrous impact that repealing Obamacare would have. Get in touch with your senator now.

MORE INFORMATION:
Fact Check:  The Updated GOP Health Care Bill - NY Times Video
Trump: Time to go nuclear in the Senate for tax cuts, healthcare - Washington Examiner
Are Moderate Republicans Really Willing To Kill A Senate Health Care Bill? -FiveThirtyEight

With thanks to Jen Hoffman's Activism Checklist and Organizing for Action.

 

 

 

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Defend the Affordable Care Act in the Senate:

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score is coming on Wednesday, which may kick it back to another vote in the House. Keeping pressure on your Senators is now more important than ever. Keep telling your Senators a vote for TrumpCare is unacceptable. 

Call your Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet and let them know TrumpCare is NOT good for America!

Here’s everything you need to fight back.

 

 

 

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Let Your Senators know that you expect them to oppose ACA repeal.

TrumpCare now moves on to the Senate where it will need a simple majority to pass. Unlike House Republicans, Senators have said they want to know what the full impact of TrumpCare will be before they vote on it. They will wait for a CBO score before moving forward, so it will be a week or two before any vote can occur. But they have already started negotiations, which means the time to put on the pressure is now.

Let Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennet know that TrumpCare is unfixable (Below are 10 reasons why). Tell them you expect them to oppose ACA repeal.  Remind them that they will have to answer for their vote for the rest of their career.

10 Reasons why TrumpCare is a bad idea:

  1. Takes away health care from 24 million Americans. This is according to nonpartisan estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). This will result in 24,000 - 44,000 more Americans dying every year from lack of insurance. Not to mention medical bankruptcies, lost wages, untreated illnesses...
  2. Hike deductibles by $1500 on average. TrumpCare pushes Americans into low-quality, high cost-sharing health insurance by providing meager tax credits compared to the Affordable Care Act. This is the opposite of what Trump promised in his campaign.
  3. End the federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. TrumpCare incentivizes states to drop consumer protections, meaning insurance companies will be able to charge people more if they have a pre-existing condition. 130 million Americans have a pre-existing conditions. People could face premiums well over $100,000 a year.
  4. Allow insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more for their health care. A single, 64 year old adult making $26,500/year would have to pay $14,600 in annual premiums—a 750% increase from current law.
  5. Cut $880 billion from Medicaid, a program that more than 70 million Americans, half of which are children, rely on.
  6. Put lifetime and annual benefit caps back on the table for even those with employer coverage. This means a baby with a serious medical condition could use up its lifetime limits in the first month of life under TrumpCare.
  7. Make women pay more for health insurance than men. Because insurance companies could charge more for pre-existing conditions like breast cancer or assault survival and because pregnancy care no longer would be a required benefit, women would once again pay more for health care than men.
  8. Defund Planned Parenthood. Nearly 3 million Americans, especially women and families, receive affordable health care services annually at Planned Parenthood facilities. TrumpCare prohibits any funding from going to these clinics.
  9. Harm children with special needs by cutting Special Education funds for schools. Medicaid funds a large portion of education for students with a variety of disabilities. Buried in the bill is a provision that no longer recognizes schools as required Medicaid providers, on top of the massive cuts to the program.
  10. And, it does all of this in order to pay for $600 billion in tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

Fortunately, the Senate is different than the House. It moves slower and is responsive to different pressures. That’s why you’ll have real influence over TrumpCare at several levels during this process moving forward.  We need to stay on top of this.

And if you have 5 extra minutes: Write a letter/postcard to object to the all-male senate healthcare group:

Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Suggested letter: Not everyone is at the table to discuss health care, Sen. McConnell. 51% of the US population is female. 37% is not white. 19% has a disability. More than 3% is LGBT. By these statistics, your committee should have six women, four minorities, two disabled people, and one gay person. A group of white, straight men could harm those excluded from the conversation. Please make it right.

Trumpcare Hits Children’s Hospitals Hard – Forbes

The American Health Care Act and the question of pre-existing conditions (5 letters) – The Denver Post

The Health Care Board’s Insults to Women – NY Times

Trumpcare Passed the House, Now What? – Indivisible Guide

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URGENT:  Call Representative Scott Tipton this morning and DEMAND he vote NO on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  If you have already called, PLEASE - CALL AGAIN.

The House will vote TODAY to repeal and replace Obamacare.  Today could determine whether Trumpcare dies or lurches lethally forward.  Rep. Scott R. Tipton is on a SHORT LIST of representatives who are leaning yes, but who are reportedly still making up their minds. Call right now and urge a NO vote on Trumpcare. If you've called before, please call again. 

Script:  "I'm a constituent and a voter in Representative Tipton's district (provide name, phone number and zip code), and I am calling to urge Rep. Tipton to vote NO on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, take away health care from 24 million Americans, and end protections for people with pre-existing conditions."  And if you have a health care story of your own, please share it —personal stories can impact lawmakers' decisions.

IT IS VITAL THAT WE CALL NOW:
The House will vote today to repeal and replace Obamacare, “setting up a dramatic moment that could give President Donald Trump the significant legislative victory he's been seeking.  Top Republicans are very confident. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy emerged from Speaker Paul Ryan's office Wednesday night all but triumphant.”
Rep. McCarthy says, “We’re going to pass it.” - CNN

With $8 Billion Deal on Health Bill, House G.O.P. Leader Says ‘We Have Enough Votes’ – NY Times:  “None of the legislative tweaks under consideration changes the serious harm to patients and the health care delivery system” that the bill would cause, said Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, the president of the American Medical Association. The latest changes, he said, “tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill — that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result of this proposal.”  House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, said the money was a pittance compared with the likely need. “It’s a joke,” she said. “It’s a very sad, deadly joke.”

House Republicans to Vote on Health Care Thursday - NBC

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Vehemently oppose Trumpcare 3 – Apply real pressure to your Representative, let them know that their job is on the line.

Call Representative Scott Tipton today.  If you called last week, please call again.

Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_. If Representative Tipton votes for a bill that removes any health coverage for any American, he will lose his job. Healthcare is a fundamental human right. Not tax credits. Not health savings accounts. Actual care. For all Americans. Anything less than this, and I will work hard to make sure that Representative Tipton is out of a job at the very next opportunity. Thanks. (And if you have a health care story of your own, please share it.  Personal stories can impact lawmakers' decisions.)

Paul Ryan and House Republicans are scrambling one more time to try and rush Trump's rejected, train-wreck of a health care bill through Congress. Just like the original bill, the new bill would take away health insurance from 24 million people. But the new bill is even worse than the original, because now Trump and the GOP are trying to end protections for pre-existing conditions as well. Their plan would be devastating for tens of millions of Americans.  The White House and Paul Ryan are going all-out to secure enough "moderate" Republican votes to pass the bill this week.  - MoveOn.org

We have to stop Trumpcare now—for good—with another hurricane of constituent pressure. Make sure that Republicans hear an immediate and overwhelming outcry so they know that you will hold them personally accountable if they vote for this cruel and reckless plan.

House Republicans Scramble for Votes on New Health Care Proposal - Washington Post

Republicans Finally Wrote a Health Bill Cruel Enough to Satisfy Conservatives - MotherJones

Latest ACA Repeal Plan Would Explode Premiums for People with Pre-Existing Conditions – Washington Post

Per House members, phone calls on the GOP health bill run 50-to-1 against – Washington Post

Last time Republicans tried to rush a vote on Trumpcare, they backed down when they heard from all of us.  We need to make sure that they hear from all of us again!

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Friday's Daily Action

Keep your Members of Congress (MoCs) accountable on health care!

This will not be the last we hear from members of Congress who want to rip away health care from tens of millions of Americans, and weaken patient protections for many millions more. We must stay watchful as opponents will surely try to find other ways to chip away at the law.

Just because there was no vote doesn’t mean our MoC's don't need constituent feedback. Call Scott Tipton's Office at 970-241-2499 or you can email let him know how you feel about his stance (or lack thereof) on TrumpCare. And let him know that you’re going to keep watching out for any new attacks on the ACA down the road. While Trump and Ryan have retreated “for the foreseeable future” (to quote Ryan again), this fight is not over.

Call Rep. Scott Tipton TODAY!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday's D3 Indivisible Daily Action

Demand Full Transparency in ACA Repeal Efforts

House Republicans are planning to ram through an Obamacare/ACA repeal bill that will jeopardize health care coverage for 32 million Americans. They refuse to share a draft of the bill or any of its details for the public or even other Members of Congress (MoCs) to review. They are also rushing to approve the bill without releasing a formal cost estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which analyzes how much federal legislation will cost or save American taxpayers—known as a “score.” Americans deserve an open and honest debate about a bill that will affect 32 million people.

A vote on the bill in two key committees is planned for this week, without a cost estimate, and giving MOCs only a few hours to review the bill. Supporters of the bill want to get it through before they head home for the next Recess (April 8-23). They do not want to face you at town halls and other events in their districts and have to answer questions about their plans for Obamacare. Call Representative Scott Tipton between now and Thursday, March 9 and oppose any congressional action on any ACA repeal bill without a transparent process, including a public CBO score. If you intend to participate in Tipton's Town Hall tomorrow, start formulating questions about how we can possibly support a plan that no one has seen. 

The American public deserves to know the effects of a bill of this magnitude.

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Thursday's D3 Indivisible Action

Ten is Better than One! Today, D3 is hosting an Action Event in coordination with ACT Telluride at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado from 2-5pm. Stop by for 10-20 minutes and complete up to Ten Actions!

We'll make it easy for you and your friends to have your voices heard by state and federal representatives. A series of action stations will be provided - from pre-addressed postcards ready to personalize and sign, to scripts for calling state and federal representatives on the spot, to computer stations and emails to send. 


If you are not in the Ridgway area, and would like an action for today, consider calling Representative Scott Tipton to ask him why he blocked a resolution that would have directed the House to request 10 years of Trump's tax returns, for review by the House Ways and Means Committee in a closed session. The Committee would then vote on whether to send the information to the House. Don't we deserve transparency and accountability from our President? 

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Thursday's D3 Indivisible Action

Call Gardner, Tipton and Bennet to voice your support for the Affordable Care Act. Use the link below for ideas on what to say. There are scripts included too!