How to Contact Members of Congress and Talking Points


CONTACTING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS – INSTRUCTIONS AND TALKING or EMAILING POINTS

If you already know the names of your Senators and Representative, you can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 (not toll-free) and ask for their office. 

If you don’t know the names of your two Senators, or would like to email them, go to www.senate.gov. Click on “Senators” in the upper left-hand corner, then select your state. Your two Senators’ names will be displayed, along with their Washington office phone numbers and a contact link for sending an email message. 

To find the name of your Representative, go to www.house.gov.  Enter your zip code in the upper right-hand corner.  When your Representative is identified, you can click on the envelope icon to send a written message, or click on the Representative’s name to be taken to his/her website, where you can find the phone number for the Washington office either on the home page or a “contact” page.


The main purpose of a call is to urge your Senator/Representative to vote against repealing the ACA (even with a delayed effective date) unless it is replaced at the same time. But if the receptionist gives you time to elaborate, please tell him/her why you care so much about the ACA. (See talking points below.)  Remember to leave your name and address so they know you are a constituent.


TALKING POINTS for U.S. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES
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(If you call or visit your Members of Congress, you can use these talking points.)

** I am a constituent and I urge you to oppose any bill that repeals the ACA – even if it’s a delayed repeal – unless it is passed along with a replacement plan that maintains or improves the access to affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage and health care that the ACA now provides.

If applicable, make one or more of the following points and explain:

** My family/child needs the protections of the ACA:
•    ban on pre-existing condition exclusions
•    allowing children to stay on parents’ insurance plans until age 26
•    ban on annual and lifetime dollar limits for insurance coverage
•    other

** My family needs the ACA’s financial help to pay for insurance:

•    premium subsidies
•    cost-sharing subsidies
•    small business subsidies

** I / my family member(s)/friends have benefited from the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

Some adults with special health care needs are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid, but cannot afford or do not have access to employer-sponsored or other insurance.  Now they can get coverage from the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.