Stop Cuts to Medicaid and the ACA!  Call Today!

Even if you are in a district where the legislator is supportive of Medicaid – Call to thank them and share your story and call the Governor to ask him to advocate for Illinoisans.

Senior officials in the Trump Administration have announced that the House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday, May 3, for an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). These amendments have made the bill even worse for people with disabilities and eliminates many of the protections for people with pre-existing conditions enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  We need you to take action!

Join the national Call-In Day TODAY, May 2, and tell Congress to protect Medicaid and healthcare for millions of Americans. Your representatives will also listen to state officials, especially governors, about issues that impact your state and your governor needs to hear from you as well.

Call your Congressional Representative: 202-224-3121
Call House Speaker Ryan: 202-225-0600
Contact Governor Rauner: 217-782-0244 or  link

If the Congressional Switchboard is busy, you can also use the following numbers (shared with permission):
SEIU: 866-426-2631
MoveOn: 844-432-0883

If you need help figuring out who your Representative is, go to

What You Can Say:

As a constituent and a [person with a disability/parent/sibling of a child with a disability/supporter of people with disabilities], I oppose the passage of the American Health Care Act.

Message 1: The new amendments makes the AHCA worse!

The amendments allow states to waive protections for people with pre-existing conditions. They also would allow health insurance companies not to cover Essential Health Benefits, such as rehabilitation services, and to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health insurance. These protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities, must be maintained.

Message 2: And the AHCA still cuts Medicaid and causes 24 million people to lose health insurance!

These amendments did nothing to improve the tremendous problems that the AHCA already posed for people with disabilities.

The American Health Care Act still cuts 25% of Medicaid’s budget and removes the guarantee to access Medicaid if you qualify.  It will result in the gutting of home and community-based services including housing, support services, employment and day services, services that help people stay housed, and services that help students learn in school. Medicaid is the main funding source for these services.

Make your voice heard in Congress to protect Medicaid and access to health care!

Meg Cooch Signature
Meg Cooch
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)