Please call about your House Representatives and Senators about the tax bill. We must let legislators know that we’re watching and informed.

Attention Commonsense Hoosiers,
 
Please call about your House Representatives and Senators about the tax bill. We must let legislators know that we’re watching and informed. We are at a critical moment, and must keep up the pressure on legislators. 


Senator Todd Young: 202-224-5623
 
Senator Joe Donnelly: 202-224-4814
 
Representative Trey Hollingsworth: 202-225-5315

Indiana currently has 22 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) , their future and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are on the line in the tax bill.
The federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) serve 27 million people in the US. On Oct. 1st, 70% of federal grant funding provided by the ACA expired along with a number of other high priorities, including the National Health Service Corps and a dozen others. If there is no fix we will see 50,000 jobs in health centers lost, 3,000 sites close, and 9 million people will lose access to care. These are historically bi-partisan priorities and this year the House did pass a bill to extend CHIP for 2 years. But disagreement over the “pay-fors” prevented it from moving forward. These provisions need 60 votes in the Senate to pass.  Meanwhile health centers are operating on month-to-month currently available funds which is causing major disruptions in recruitment, planning, purchasing equipment, etc. CHIP is operating under short-term patches. Indiana has funding for CHIP through March, if negotiations fail.

It is important to weigh in on CHIP and to remember there are host of other h

Attention Commonsense Hoosiers,
Tax bill fight is a health care fight (and lots more!)
The House and Senate Republicans are negotiating among themselves without open discussions or debate. A vote in the Senate is expected on Monday and the House on Tuesday. A number of provisions affect health care. The House bill gets rid of the medical expense deduction which many people depend on to help afford long term care. Many provisions affect state and local taxes that states need to pay for their share of Medicaid and other health care programs. Whatever the outcome, it will increase the deficit, which will put more pressure on to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The Senate bill repeals the individual mandate, resulting in increased premiums. 13 million more uninsured are predicted.  
 
To Your Good Health,
Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan
PO Box 2632
Bloomington, IN 47402
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