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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tips for Talking to Lawmakers about Affordable Health Care

With Members of Congress going on recess in their home districts, the week of February 20 is an important opportunity to educate lawmakers in your state about what’s at stake if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. These resources will help you communicate effectively with elected officials. More information about rallies and town halls during recess.

Meeting with elected officials in person

Engaging face-to-face with government officials and their staff is the single most powerful advocacy strategy you can pursue. Recess is a great time to meet with your Members of Congress. Our new step-by-step guide outlines how to have a successful meeting with Members of Congress.

Talking points: How ACA repeal and Medicaid cuts and restructuring hurt consumers
Here we provide the top talking points for meeting with Members of Congress over recess. These will allow you to drive home to your members what’s at stake for consumers if the ACA is repealed and risky Medicaid proposals move forward. 

Explaining why ACA replacement plans are inadequate
So-called replacement plans for the ACA fall short. Use these tools to explain why:

More resources

Visit Families USA’s Protect Our Care page for more tools for recess week and beyond, including:

  • “Protect Our Care” social media toolkit: sample tweets, posts, and shareable graphics
  • Letter to the editor tool: helps consumers and advocates draft LTEs to their local newspapers sharing how they would be affected by repeal of the ACA
  • Write to Congress tool: helps consumers and advocates send emails directly to their Senators and Representatives
  • Updated fact sheets