Domestic and sexual violence survivors need affordable and accessible health care. They may need care right after an assault or long-term to manage physical, mental or behavioral health problems caused by rape, abuse or a partner’s ongoing violence. The Graham-Cassidy amendment would strip many survivors of vital health services and benefits and have dire repercussions for generations to come.   

Contact your Senators and tell them to vote NO on Graham-Cassidy. Tell them:

  • Coverage of emergency services, mental health services, and women’s preventive services including screening and counseling for domestic violence are of vital importance to survivors.
  • This bill would lead to survivors being denied medical and behavioral health services, make buying insurance more expensive by increasing premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, and eliminate coverage for many low-income survivors.
  • The bill ends the Medicaid expansion which has helped millions of low-income survivors access health care through their state Medicaid program.
  • This bill will change Medicaid in a way that will pit the healthcare needs of different populations such as survivors, and older adults against each other, causing states to either deny coverage to some, reduce benefits for all, or both.

The Graham-Cassidy amendment is a dramatic step backwards in health care for survivors of violence. A vote for Graham-Cassidy is a vote against victims and survivors!

Sample phone script:

My name is [name], and I am a constituent calling from [location and organization, if applicable]. I urge Senator [Senator’s name] to vote no on the Graham-Cassidy amendment. Victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault need access to physical, mental, and behavioral health services both right after an assault and over the long-term. This bill would profoundly harm victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by stripping survivors of access to vital services, increasing premiums and out-of-pocket expenses and eliminating coverage for low-income survivors. I ask the Senator to stand up for victims and survivors of domestic violence and vote no on Graham-Cassidy.

Sample Tweet (find your Senators’ Twitter handles here):

@[Senator’s Twitter handle], stand up for victims and survivors and vote NO on harmful #GrahamCassidy amendment #VoteNoGrahamCassidy

Sample Facebook Post:

I am a constituent, and I urge Senator [Senator’s name] to stand up for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy amendment. This bill would profoundly harm victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by stripping survivors of access to vital services, increasing premiums and out-of-pocket expenses and eliminating coverage for low-income survivors.

Sample Email:

Dear Senator [Senator’s name],

I am a constituent writing from [location and organization, if applicable]. Domestic and sexual violence survivors need affordable and accessible health care. They may need care right after an assault or long-term to deal with physical, mental or behavioral health problems caused by rape, abuse or a partner’s ongoing violence. Because of this, we ask you to reject the Graham-Cassidy amendment.

The Graham-Cassidy amendment is a dramatic step backwards in health care for survivors of violence. This legislation would lead to survivors being denied medical and behavioral health services, make buying insurance more expensive by increasing premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, and eliminate coverage for many low-income survivors. Additionally, the bill ends the Medicaid expansion which has helped millions of low-income survivors access health care through their state Medicaid program.

Coverage of emergency services, mental health services, and women’s preventive services including screening and counseling for domestic violence are of vital importance to survivors. No survivor should find themselves without this basic coverage in a time of crisis. Further, before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence could be viewed as having a pre-existing condition and be denied coverage or face unaffordable premiums and other out-of-pocket expenditures. This is wrong.

We are counting on you to stand with victims and survivors by voting NO on the Graham-Cassidy amendment. We stand ready to work with you on bipartisan solutions that protect and strengthen the care that millions of women and their families depend on.

Sincerely,

[Your name]