Action Alerts

Contact your Senators today and ask them to oppose ACA repeal/replace without protections for substance use disorders and mental health.

A renewed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is gaining momentum in the U.S. Senate. The Senate could vote as soon as NEXT week on a bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The Graham-Cassidy bill would repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act by:

  • Ending guaranteed coverage of substance use disorders and mental health treatment services and
  • Cutting Medicaid, a critical lifeline for millions of Americans with substance use disorders and mental illness.

With very narrow margins in the Senate, outreach to elected officials is essential.  Your Senators need to hear that clinical nurse specialists want health care reform that contains protections for substance use disorders and mental health treatment.

Call your Senators today to ask them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill because it doesn’t include protections for substance use disorders and mental health. If you are from Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Ohio or West Virginia your Senators are in key decision-making positions. Their Senate office phone numbers are:

  •  Capito (R-WV): (202) 224-6472
  • Collins (R-ME): (202) 224-2523
  • Gardner (R-CO): (202) 224-5941
  • McCain (R-AZ): (202) 224-2235
  • Murkowski (R-AK): (202) 224-6665
  • Portman (R-OH): (202) 224-3353
  • Sullivan (R-AK): (202) 224-3004

Below are sample call scripts and social media posts for CNSs to use in your outreach. Make sure the unique voices of clinical nurse specialists are heard on these critical issues.

Sample Phone Script

  • I am a constituent in [town, state] and I am calling to urge Senator Name to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill because it doesn’t contain protections for substance use disorders and mental health.
  • In the face of the opioid overdose and suicide epidemics, equal and affordable access to a full continuum of substance use disorder and mental health treatment services must be an essential component of health care coverage.
  • Medicaid coverage is a critical lifeline for millions of Americans with substance use disorders and mental illness. Cutting or capping Medicaid and ending the Medicaid expansion will be devastating to those who can’t afford health care in the private market.
  • I respectfully ask that the Senator ensure that no American loses the access to life-saving substance use disorder and mental health treatment that they have today.
  • Please vote NO on Graham-Cassidy.

Social Media

You can also contact your representatives using Twitter and/or Facebook. To find your Senator’s information, Google [Senator Name] and [Twitter/Facebook]. Be sure to look for the blue check mark next to the name to ensure you’re using the official account.

Sample Twitter Posts

  • .@[Twitter Handle]: I ask you to oppose #GrahamCassidy w/o protections for substance use disorders & #mentalhealth. Vote no Graham-Cassidy
  • #Medicaid is a critical lifeline for millions in the US w/ substance use disorders & #mentalillness. @[Twitter Handle]: oppose #GrahamCassidy
  • .@[Twitter Handle]: protect access to access to life-saving substance use disorder & #mentalhealth treatment people have now. Vote no on #GrahamCassidy.
  • .@[Twitter Handle]: a #HealthcareBill must maintain #Medicaid’s current financing structure, including the expansion. Vote no #GrahamCassidy.

Note: the period in front of the Twitter handle is important to ensure that your tweet is posted visibly on your Senator’s page.

Sample Facebook Posts

  • In the face of the #opioid overdose and suicide epidemics, equal and affordable access to a full continuum of substance use disorder and mental health treatment services must be an essential component of health care coverage. Vote no #GrahamCassidy
  • #Medicaid coverage is a critical lifeline for millions of Americans with substance use disorders and #mentalillness. Cutting or capping Medicaid and ending the Medicaid expansion will be devastating to those who can’t afford health care in the private market. Oppose #GrahamCassidy
  • [Facebook handle], please ensure that no American loses the access to life-saving substance use disorder and mental health treatment that they have today. Vote no #GrahamCassidy
  • I ask you to oppose the GOP #GrahamCassidy #HealthcareBill to #ProtectOurCare.