Over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking you to get involved in our fight to defend health care. Your advocacy has been amazing – you’ve called your Members of Congress, attended town halls, and taken to social media to stand up for your right to access health care.
Now, we’re pleased to announce the release of a few new tools to help you contact your Members of Congress by mail.
We’ve created some templates and talking points that you can use to ask your Members of Congress to #ProtectOurCare. If you need more information about how to format or address your letter or postcard, check out our factsheet on writing to elected officials.
Click on the links below to download the templates:
- Postcard to print at home: [PDF, color] [PDF, black and white]
- Postcard to print professionally: [PDF, color]
- Letter: [.doc, color] [.doc, black and white]
Our templates are fillable, so you can type your message or handwrite it after you print out your postcard, whichever works for you. You can use the talking points below to help you write your message. We encourage you to snap a picture with your postcard or letter and share it on social media using the hashtag #ProtectOurCare.
Writing to your two Senators is a good place to start. You can find their office addresses at contactingcongress.org. You can start your letter or postcard by writing:
Dear Senator [Name],I’m writing to ask you to protect our health care.
Next, talk about why health care policy is important to you. Here are some examples of things you can say:
- Access to health care is a critically important issue for all of your constituents, but especially for people with disabilities like [me/ my family member/ my friends].
- I’m very concerned about policies that would cause people in our state to lose health insurance, and about cuts to Medicaid services that people with disabilities depend on to live in the community.
- I’m concerned about policies that encourage putting people with disabilities in separate “high-risk” insurance pools, which charge more for worse coverage.
- I rely on health insurance to access [mental health services / prescription medication / physical therapy / something else]. Changing the Essential Health Benefits requirement would mean that my insurance company would not have to cover the services I need.
- Personalize your letter or postcard with a story about how health care policy impacts your life and/or the lives of people you know. An example might be, “I get job coaching through Medicaid. I love my job, and I’m very worried to hear about changes and cuts to Medicaid. Without the Medicaid services I’m using, I wouldn’t be able to go to work.” OR “My disability means I need to take medication regularly, or I will become very sick.”
- As you work on health care issues, please make sure that people with disabilities have equal health care coverage, and that no one in our state loses their health insurance or Medicaid services. As your constituent, I’m counting on you to do the right thing and protect our health care.
Don’t just write to your Senators–it’s also important for your Representative to know how you feel about their position on health care, and what you want them to do next. If you’re disappointed in your Representative’s recent stances on disability and health care, make sure to let them know. You can start your message with this script:
Dear Representative [Name],As your constituent, I was very disappointed by your recent stance on health care. Your position hurts millions of people, including people with disabilities like [me/ my family member/ my friends].
If you want to thank your Representative for taking a stand for people with disabilities and our access to health care, you can start with this script:
Dear Representative [Name],
I want to thank you for standing up for health care for people with disabilities.
Remember, your Members of Congress work for you. You can make a difference by letting them know how health care policy impacts your life, and reminding them that you are watching what they do next. Make sure Congress gets the message – Nothing About Us Without Us!