News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

This week, our efforts to oppose the Republicans’ plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act made a big difference, but the fight to protect our care is far from done.

After a mad dash to cobble together a majority coalition, the Senate delayed a vote on their Trumpcare legislation due to lack of support from several Republicans, unified opposition from Democrats, and tremendous public outcry. That should come as no surprise—recent studies showed this bad bill would rip health care coverage from 240,000 people in Colorado alone, and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported that it would result in 22 million Americans losing coverage. Senate Republicans are now cutting deals among themselves to tweak their bill and introduce it anew in the coming weeks. We must work even harder to ensure this damaging legislation never becomes law. Instead, Congress should work on a bipartisan basis to improve the Affordable Care Act.

Immediately after the Senate revealed its Trumpcare bill last week, I asked constituents to visit my Facebook page and tell your stories about how the ACA had positively affected your lives. I also asked that you share your views of the Senate bill. I’ve been inspired by your many passionate and heartfelt notes outlining why coverage through the ACA for you, your families and your loved ones is so important. In the video below, I’m reading notes from just two of the many Coloradans who are imploring Republicans to end their unilateral efforts to repeal this lifeline for millions. Continue sharing your stories with me on Facebook, and be sure to include your zip code at the end. I intend to hand-deliver them personally to our Colorado Senators. 

 

I was also inspired by the strength and passion of so many who gathered at the rally to Save Our Care at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Groups representing women’s health, organized labor and more came together united in the goal of stopping Trumpcare. Members of Congress were asked to carry photos of constituents who can attest to the crucial role of the ACA in their lives. I fight for these Coloradans, and all Americans who depend on coverage through this groundbreaking law. 

The same day, Democratic colleagues and I gathered to Mourn Medicaid. This 52-year-old program is under threat by an ongoing GOP assault – both through the President’s proposed budget and Trumpcare. These efforts will strip care from millions of the most vulnerable people in our society, including children in low-income families and many older Americans. If the Republican leadership truly cares about our country’s health, they should work with Democrats to strengthen it.

I also turned my focus this week to bipartisan legislation that advances other health care priorities. I’m proud to be the author of H.R. 3044, which lets Medicare Advantage insurance plans offer a wider variety of benefits to the chronically ill. By letting plans cover supplemental benefits that are not traditionally covered by Medicare Advantage, such as case management and meal delivery, we can improve health outcomes and quality of life for seniors who have complex care needs. As America’s senior population continues to increase, there’s an ever greater need for smart solutions to improve every American’s later years; this bill is an important step in that direction.

And I teamed up with Republican Lynn Jenkins of Kansas to introduce the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2017 (H.R. 3124). This bill will allow Medicare coverage of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) services for people with prediabetes and other risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes. Older adults served by Medicare are disproportionately affected by prediabetes and diabetes itself. It just makes sense to ensure that seniors on Medicare who face these risks have coverage for MNT services. As the mother of a child with Type 1 diabetes and the Chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, I understand the long-term benefits of effective prevention and management. By helping older people with prediabetes manage their condition, Medicare will avoid paying for more costly treatments in the future, saving money and increasing overall well-being for many people.

As always, you can visit my website, where you can read my positions on issues and learn about the different ways my staff can assist you. While you’re there, be sure to visit the “Contact” page and send me an email about what matters most to you and your family. Finally, be sure to share this email with your friends, family, and neighbors so that they too can be a part of this important dialogue.


Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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