Wednesday, August 14 - Healthcare Public Comment / Oppose SNAP Changes

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: DEADLINE TODAY - Healthcare Public Comment 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed significant rule changes to non-discrimination rules. The changes include:

Elimination of Non-Discrimination Protections in Healthcare

The ACA provided protections for several at-risk populations to prevent discrimination from healthcare providers. If this is eliminated, healthcare providers and insurers could refuse to treat or charge different amounts to treat members of the LGBTQ+ community, women, immigrants, ESL patients, and more.

Removal of Protections from LGBTQ+ Women, Immigrants, and More

This is the first federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination in healthcare based on sex. Elimination of this practice could result in millions of Americans being denied care or coverage due to providers’ religious or ‘moral’ beliefs, loss of interpretation or translation services, and loss of ability to sue on the basis of discrimination. 

The comment period ends TODAY on August 14. Please submit a comment to let CMS know that you strongly object to these changes. 

Action via ACA Consumer Advocacy 

 

Action 2: Oppose Changes to SNAP

The Trump administration has proposed a change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that could exclude over 3 million people from receiving food assistance. A SNAP rule called broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) currently allows low-income people to enroll in SNAP if they’ve already qualified for other anti-poverty benefit programs. The rule guarantees access to free school meals for 256,000 children from SNAP-enrolled households. States also have flexibility to waive income and asset limits for SNAP recipients, meaning families don’t suddenly lose SNAP benefits if their wages or savings increase by a small amount. Over forty states have adopted less restrictive income and asset limits for SNAP enrollees, reducing administrative costs and program churn while encouraging low-income families to save. The Trump administration has now proposed a new rule to eliminate BBCE.

The elimination of BBCE would not only harm millions of hungry US residents but also damage the nation’s economy more broadly. Economists have estimated that every $1 spent on SNAP benefits generates between $1.22 and $1.84 in economic activity. SNAP protects working families during economic downturns and creates jobs. While the proposed rule change is subject to public comment, Congress must also condemn this ill-conceived attack on food assistance for vulnerable people.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to demand Senator Tammy Duckworth condemn the Trump administration's proposed elimination of the SNAP program's broad-based categorical eligibility rule. Eliminating this rule would leave millions hungry while harming our economy and increasing SNAP program administrative costs. Thank you for your time and attention.

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