TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT & RHODE ISLAND’S HEALTH COVERAGE
Thanks for being interested in protecting the Affordable Care Act, reproductive healthcare (including contraception) and the coverage that Rhode Island has created for our residents!
With the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) under attack, it’s up to us to let our elected officials know that we want them to do whatever it takes to prevent the Trump Administration and Congress from taking our healthcare away from us and our neighbors!!
We’ve created a calendar of actions that you can take – easy steps that can make a big difference if enough of us get involved. More information about how to make the calls, and all of the contact information for the legislators is on the other side of this page.
|Week of December 12||Between Monday (12/12) and Wednesday 12/15):
Call Senator Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Thank them for their historic support of healthcare reform and of reproductive rights. Ask them to do whatever it takes, including a filibuster, to protect the Affordable Care Act, including women’s access to contraception without copays. Tell them: Don’t let the Republicans repeal the ACA – and don’t let them defund Planned Parenthood, a source of healthcare for millions of woman around the country.
|Thursday (12/16) or Friday (12/18):
Call Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman David Cicilline. Thank them for their historic support of healthcare reforms. Ask them to do whatever it takes, including a sit-in on the House floor, to protect the Affordable Care Act, including women’s access to contraception without copays. Tell them: Don’t let the Republicans repeal the ACA – and don’t let them defund Planned Parenthood, a source of healthcare for millions of woman around the country.
|Week of December 19||Monday (12/19) or Tuesday (12/20):
Call Governor Gina Raimondo. Share how concerned you are about maintaining our quality Medicaid program for families, children, seniors and people with disabilities and the Affordable Care Act. Ask her to reach out to her fellow Governors across the country, asking them to lobby their members of Congress against destroying the Affordable Care Act, block granting or cutting Medicaid, defunding Planned Parenthood, and barring access to reproductive healthcare.
|Wednesday (12/21) or Thursday (12/22):
Call Speaker of the House Nicholas Matiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed. Congratulate them on their re-elections, and ask them to use their positions as Speaker and Senate President to protect Rhode Island’s quality Medicaid program for families, children, seniors and people with disabilities.
|Week of December 26||Tuesday (12/27) through Thursday (12/29):
Call Senators Reed and Whitehouse again. Wish them happy holidays and remind them that with Congress about to come into session, they need to ask their colleagues to stay strong with them against the destruction of the Affordable Care Act. Tell them again: Don’t let the Republicans repeal the ACA, defund Planned Parenthood, or take away access to contraception.
How to reach Rhode Island’s key elected officials:
Senator Jack Reed
Washington, DC: 202-224-4642
Washington, DC: 202-224-2921
Warwick Office: 401-737-2982
Washington, DC: 202-225-2735
Pawtucket Office: 401-729-5600
Washington, DC: 202-225-4911
Governor Gina Raimondo
Providence: (401) 222-2080
Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello
Providence: (401) 222-2466
Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed
Providence: (401) 222-6655
Find your own State Representative and State Senator: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/
What do you need to know to make these calls?
If you have questions about how to make these calls, or if you’d like some more back-up information, email ProtectOurHealthcareRI@gmail.com.
When you make the calls, you will reach a staff person for the key elected officials. You can share your name and address, and say that you have a message for the elected official. Here is a sample script to look at before you call. It’s best if you try to put this call in your own words, but this script can help you figure out what to say. You’ll say the regular text. The italics are suggestions to help guide you.
Hello, my name is __________, and I live at _____________________.
I’m calling because I’m very concerned about the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) and about Medicaid. (Talk about what the Affordable Care Act means to you. Has it helped your family, or do you know someone who it has helped? Share that story in a few sentences.)
Then say something like: I’m calling to ask _____ to do whatever they can to protect Rhode Island from cuts to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and reproductive healthcare, including contraception.
(Use the suggestions in the calendar to help you with the specific asks for each call.) Then say: I’d like to know what ______ thinks about this. I’d like to leave my address or email to get a reply?
Then share your home address or email address. And that’s it!!
And what happens next? Let us know how this goes at ProtectOurHealthcareRI@gmail.com. And we’ll send you the next calendar by the end of the year. Thanks for your help!!