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Daily Action: Support the Alexander-Murray Compromise on CSRs


CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Representative to support, or even sign on as a co-sponsor, of the compromise reached this week to save the Affordable Care Act's Cost-Sharing Reduction payments. These payments help keep premiums down on the individual market, and failing to reinstate them might leave 7 million people without coverage. This compromise isn't perfect, but it's a worthy effort to achieve a bipartisan fix for a system President Trump is intent on breaking. Thank you! 


BACKGROUND
On Thursday, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) announced they had attracted 24 co-sponsors for their compromise to restore Cost-Sharing Reduction payments under the Affordable Care Act. Trump announced last week that he would refuse to pay the subsidies, which help insurers provide lower-cost health plans on the ACA exchanges.

Insurers already have raised premiums dramatically in anticipation of losing CSR revenues to Trump's petulance. Some insurers have threatened to leave the exchanges entirely, further jeopardizing access to health insurance for the 18 million Americans who buy insurance on the individual market.

The Alexander-Murray plan would stabilize the ACA markets by reinstating CSR payments for two years. It also would create a lower-cost catastrophic coverage plan for the exchanges, and reinstate $106 million in funding for ACA enrollment outreach -- money Trump had slashed as part of his attempts to sabotage the system. Additionally, the bill would give states more flexibility to let insurers offer new types of plans that are more affordable than the plans currently allowed under the ACA -- though it would preserve the ACA's coverage mandates, and protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.