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Nov212016

Join our social media campaign: #IfILoseCoverage


It’s no longer just a far-fetched idea that Congress and the President could repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In fact, President-elect Trump and the anti-ACA majority in Congress have pledged to do exactly that soon after the inauguration in late January.

What’s at stake for women and our families? A lot! Millions of women and families will be affected if the ACA is repealed. Fact sheets on our website outline who could lose coverage:
  • Women could lose free coverage of preventive services, such as birth control and annual well-woman exams, whether they get insurance from their employers or through the ACA marketplaces.
  • Women who have been able to buy private health plans through the ACA marketplaces could lose the subsidies (tax credits) that have helped make their monthly premiums much lower.
  • Women who have gained free or low-cost health coverage through Medicaid expansion could lose it.
  • OIder women could lose the gains in Medicare coverage the ACA made possible, such as free preventive care (such as mammograms and annual checkups) and the closing of the prescription drug “donut hole.”
How can you raise your voice about what losing coverage would mean to you? Raising Women’s Voices and the Ms. Foundation for Women are partnering to launch a social media campaign that will make visible the consequences of losing our coverage. We’ve made it simple for you to join:
  • On Twitter: Using the hashtag #IfILoseCoverage, briefly answer this question for you and your family members: What if I/we lose coverage? We will have a Twitter Storm today (Tuesday, Nov. 22) from 1 to 2 p.m. to kick off this conversation.
  • On Facebook: Using the hashtag #IfILoseCoverage, you can describe in greater detail what the consequences would be for you and your family members.
  • On both Facebook and Twitter: You can amplify your message online by changing your profile pictures to include the campaign hashtag #IfILoseCoverage. It just takes two easy steps. Go to the campaign Twibbon page here: http://twibbon.com/Support/if-i-lose-coverage
  • By submitting your answer to “What if I lose coverage?” to our story-gathering google form here: https://goo.gl/forms/zCEHHP6zNjaTocC93
A tip on how you can dramatize your own story: Take a piece of paper, write the hashtag #IfILoseCoverage at the top and giving a simple, one-sentence answer to the question “What if I lose coverage?” Then take a selfie with the paper, and post it online. See examples below.

                 

Need some sample Tweets?
  • #IfIlosecoverage I will no longer be able to afford my birth control.
  • #IfIlosecoverage preventive services will not be free. I need free #STIscreening.
  • I’m pregnant but #IfIlosecoverage I may not get maternity care #healthybabieshealthymoms.
  • #IfIlosecoverage I wouldn't be able to pay for PrEP – to keep myself at low risk, I need it.
  • #IfIlosecoverage I’d be afraid to do all the activities that keep me healthy, like biking and hiking.
  • #IfIlosecoverage I won’t be going to my annual free check-up.
Need some sample Facebook messages?
  • Because of the ACA, I’ve been able to stay on my parent’s health insurance and save money. If I  lose my coverage and have to pay for my own health insurance, I won’t be able to afford to pay my student loans. #IfILoseCoverage
  • Since the passage of the ACA, I have been able to be proactive about screening for breast cancer because mammograms are FREE. #IfIlosecoverage, mammograms will no longer be free for me and I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford them. This worries me because there is a history of breast cancer in my family. I need free mammograms!
  • Two years ago I was able to catch cervical cancer in its early stages. I could get this screening because it was free under the ACA. This screening saved my life. #IfIlosecoverage I would not be here today.  
  • My grandma was very upset when she had to pay so much money for her medications.  After the ACA she was happier because the Medicare donut hole was closing. If they repeal the ACA, I’m worried my grandma might not take her medicine because it’s so expensive. #keepgrandmahealthy #IfIlosecoverage
  • I finally got health insurance with the Medicaid expansion. #IfIlosecoverage I would go back to being uninsured and unhealthy. My chronic condition will not be managed, because I don’t have the money, I don’t want to live that life again. I want to live a healthy life, but it is difficult to if I don’t have #healthinsurance.  
Support our campaign! Help us get the message out as the change of administrations in Washington draws ever closer. Make a tax-deductible donation to Raising Women’s Voices through the Network for Good page of our fiscal sponsor, Community Catalyst. Earmark your donation for the #IfILoseCoverage campaign.

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