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How Sickle Cell Warriors Can Show Their Support of the Affordable Care Act

August 7, 2017 by Andrea


The floods of calls, e-mails, tweets, and postcards from citizens to their representatives once again saved the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from being repealed and replaced last month. This means that, for now, among other things, the law will still require insurance companies to cover Americans who have pre-existing conditions (such as sickle cell) with insurance plan rate options that are comparable to plans they'd offer to  those without pre-existing conditions. 

However, the groundbreaking healthcare law isn't completely out of the woods yet -- 45 has vowed to let the ACA fail and has already made moves in attempt to encourage that, such as cutting back on ACA enrollment marketing and advertising, as well as ending funding that helped support enrollment fairs. And while, as the L.A. Times reports, Trump's administration cannot force the entire healthcare law into ruin immediately, they can "cause some amount of chaos in certain parts of the healthcare system." 

So, what can you do? 

To start, mark these dates on your calendar: November 1 and December 15. November 1 is the day the next enrollment period will begin, and December 15 is the date that same period will end. In the past, enrollment would typically last about four months; that has now been significantly reduced to just 45 days. Continuing -- and growing -- the number of ACA enrollments will send a clear message that the ACA is important to the healthcare of millions of Americans. 

Also, keep up those calls, e-mails, and other forms of direct communication with your representatives -- especially if their voting record shows they're in support of abolishing the ACA. Have a personal story to share? Pen a letter or create a video to visually illustrate how the ACA has helped save your life or the life of a family member or friend. Attending town halls and rallies can also ensure your voice is heard.

Tell us how the ACA has helped you in the comments below.

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