June 26, 2017

Contact U.S. Senators About Health Care

Health Care Advocacy

The Senate is now considering legislation that would make it harder for millions of Americans to access affordable health care. ELCA Advocacy says that this legislation cuts Medicaid for low-income working families. It also rolls back improvements recently made for women and people living with disabilities, mental health challenges, or pre-existing conditions. Please tell your Senators to improve access to health care; don’t tear it apart. Your voice makes a difference!

Pennsylvania health and insurance officials said the proposal would phase out the Medicaid expansion that covers 716,000 people in the state and cost the Commonwealth about $4.5 billion annually. Read more about reaction in Pennsylvania. 

ELCA Social Teaching on Health Care

We of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have an enduring commitment to work for and support health care for all people as a shared endeavor. Our commitment comes in grateful response to God’s saving love in Jesus Christ that frees us to love and seek the well-being of our neighbor.”  – ELCA social statement, “Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor (2003).”

ELCA social teaching urges us to love our neighbor by advocating for access to basic health care for all and to participate vigorously and responsibly in the public discussion on how best to fulfill this obligation. In a nation of great abundance, everyone should have access to quality and affordable health care, no matter our income, gender or background. Unfortunately, current proposals in Congress that are aimed at making our health care system sustainable would attempt to do so at the expense of our most vulnerable community members.

How To Advocate

While not perfect, the Affordable Care Act makes obtaining health insurance possible for millions of hard working families. But we can do better. It is now the U.S. Senate’s turn to act on health care reform. We pray for their leadership and urge our leaders to:

  • Expand Medicaid into all 50 states with adequate funding;
  • Maintain the ability of young adults under the age of 26 to receive health insurance under theparents;
  • Stand with women in maintaining reproductive health mandates; and
  • Protect coverage for people living with disabilities, mental health challenges, or pre-existing conditions.

Thank you for your leadership and support on this critical issue.

Click here to contact your U.S. senators!