People with brain injuries need your help to stop the Graham-Cassidy bill.
The Senate’s healthcare bill would be potentially disastrous for people with brain injuries:
• It places essential benefits at risk because it allows states to remove covered services like rehabilitative care and emergency services
• It potentially raises premiums for people with pre-existing conditions like a brain injury
• It allows insurance companies to bring back annual and lifetime coverage caps
Why Fight for Essential Benefits?
These benefits are basic elements of healthcare, covering preventive and emergency care, doctor’s visits, even prescriptions. Without them, healthcare costs would skyrocket.
What You Can Do
Call your senator now to urge a NO vote on Graham-Cassidy. Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.
Texas Senator Offices:
John Cornyn: (202) 224-2934
Ted Cruz: (202) 224-5922
Here’s an example of a message.
Hi my name is ___________. I live in (city or zipcode). I’m calling about the Graham-Cassidy bill. This bill will destroy healthcare that my family and I count on. We need better healthcare, not healthcare plans that fall short in helping us. This bill is unacceptable. I want the senator to vote NO.
We Urge You to Get Involved
“Part of Pate’s mission is to advocate for people with brain injuries,” said Marilee Hayden, Pate Rehabilitation CIO and daughter of founder Dr. Mary Ellen Hayden.
“This includes advocating for reasonable and affordable access to healthcare. The Senate is considering eliminating essential health benefits, which includes rehabilitation services. Lack of rehabilitation could mean that more people with brain injuries would not be able to return to work or take care of themselves. Eliminating pre-existing conditions protections under the Graham-Cassidy bill would also put them at risk financially by potentially imposing higher premium costs, which could result in the inability to receive care in the future. This would reduce the quality of life for these individuals and impact their long term independence.”