Sample Letter


Please note that this is sample text that can be changed in whole or part. We encourage you to add details about your own personal situation. This will make your letter much more compelling to your Members of Congress. Tell them about your child, his or her special health care needs, and how your family (or others you know) has benefited from the ACA.

F2F employees:  Please remember to give your home address and your personal email address, and to take this action on personal time.

SAMPLE LETTER:

 

Dear ____

I am a constituent whose child has special health care needs. Children like mine, and their families, benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and do not want to lose its important protections.  Therefore, I urge you to do no harm to children.  Vote against any bill that would repeal the ACA (even with a delayed effective date) before it is replaced with another law that will maintain or improve the access to affordable and comprehensive coverage and care that the ACA now gives us.

About 15 million – 20 percent – of our nation’s children have special health care needs or disabilities, such as autism, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, traumatic brain injury, sickle cell disease, or intellectual disability, to name just a few.  Put another way, one out of five families with children has at least one child with special health care needs.  The ACA includes a number of provisions that are extremely important to these children and their families. Among the most important of these are:

  • The prohibition against refusing to insure or charging more for coverage of children with pre-existing conditions, or excluding coverage for services related to that condition.  Before the ACA, children could be denied insurance, charged more for insurance, or denied coverage for the services they needed most because they had a pre-existing condition, such as a congenital heart defect, cerebral palsy or asthma.
  • Elimination of annual and lifetime benefit caps. Before the ACA, a very sick premature infant might reach on his or her lifetime cap on coverage before even leaving the hospital, sometimes leading to the family’s bankruptcy.
  • A prohibition against rescinding coverage when someone gets sick. Before the ACA, an insurance company might terminate a child’s coverage, based on a meaningless error in the insurance application, when the child started to incur significant medical costs due to a severe illness or injury, thus leaving the family struggling to pay for the child’s care.
  • A requirement that young adults be permitted to stay on their parents’ insurance policies until age 26. This provision helps many young adults with chronic illnesses or disabilities who do not have access to employer-sponsored insurance but are not eligible for Medicaid.
  • A provision allowing former foster children to receive Medicaid until age 26. This provision helps these very vulnerable young adults as they pursue employment or further education.
  • No-cost preventive care for children based on the “Bright Futures” recommendations of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the American Academy of Pediatrics. No-cost check-ups and screenings help to ensure that health or developmental problems are detected and addressed early in a child’s life, helping to avoid more expensive treatment or special education later on.
  • Medicaid expansion to all individuals with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. This provision helps individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities who do not have access to employer-sponsored insurance and are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid.

Please, do no harm to children. Vote against any repeal of the ACA until another law is enacted that will maintain or improve the access to affordable and comprehensive coverage and care that the ACA now provides.


Sincerely,