Protect Our Care - Action and Resource Center

For Individuals

Congressional Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a clear plan for something better.

Without a better replacement, over twenty million people will lose health coverage. The rest of us will lose many important rights to fair health insurance. Pre-existing conditions could keep you from getting new insurance, or cancer could exhaust all of your insurance coverage.

UHCAN Ohio is working with consumers and partners to help everyone keep their rights and coverage. We want a health care system that is fair and affordable for everyone. We all deserve better coverage and care.

Save Medicaid, Save Lives Rally – July 5, Noon, Columbus Statehouse 

Ohio will host a Galvanize mini-summit August 12-13 in Columbus, training women to become leaders in their communities. Attendees will choose one of five tracks based on their interests to receive in-depth and skills-based training:

Political Candidates – Training developed by Vote, Run, Lead

Campaign Management – Training developed by Wellstone

Grassroots Organizing – Training developed by Midwest

Academy Leadership – Training developed by Bossed Up

Entrepreneurship – Training developed by BRAVA Investments

Are you ready to turn for passion for gender equity into action? Learn more and register online, at www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/galvanize.

ResistanceNearMe.org, a hub for progressive local #resist actions, designed for you to find any public event, rally, town hall, protest, and more, across issues in your state, as well as the information you need to contact your members of congress. 

Currently, the most important person for Ohioans to call is Senator Rob Portman, but you should also call your other Members of Congress.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is __________. I’m a constituent of Rep./Sen. _________ and my zip code is ________. I’m calling to ask Rep./Sen. _________ to vote against any legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act without a better replacement in place. No replacement has been proposed that would provide the same health coverage and protections as the ACA. Repeal without a replacement could cause 30 million Americans to coverage.

[Optional: add your personal story about what the Affordable Care Act means to you.]

How to Call
Call your Senator or Representative instead of emailing them. A call must be answered by a staffer and is harder to ignore.

When a staff member answers your call, tell them your name and zip code. They may ask for your address to confirm that you live in the Senator’s state or Representative’s district.

If you voted for the Member of Congress you’re calling, you can say so.
For each call, be prepared to state your opinion on a specific issue. For example, “I’m calling to urge Senator Portman not to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a better replacement in place.”

Feel free to ask questions about the Senator or Representative’s stance on the issue or how they plan to vote.

If you already know the Member of Congress supports your opinion, you can thank them and ask them to continue to protect health care.

If your call isn’t answered by a staff member, leave a message with your name, phone number, zip code, and a brief message about your issue, then try calling back another time.

Who to Call

Everyone has three members of Congress: two Senators who represent the whole state and one Representative for their district.

Senator Rob Portman: 202-224-3353

Senator Sherrod Brown: 202-224-2315

Find your Representative: Click here and enter your zip code.

Click here for a two-page flyer on what’s at stake if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and a checklist on what we need from any plan to replace the ACA.

Q. Will I lose my health coverage if the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is repealed?

A: The Affordable Care Act is still in effect and there is no current change to 2017 plans. At this time, it is uncertain whether current plans within Congress to repeal the ACA will affect 2017 coverage.

Q: If I enrolled on healthcare.gov for coverage by December 15th will I have coverage for all of 2017?

A: The Affordable Care Act is still in effect and there is no current change to 2017 plans. At this time, it is uncertain whether current plans within Congress to repeal the ACA will affect 2017 coverage.

Q: What should I do to make sure I can keep my health care?

A: Here are two things you can do now:

Enroll now in the best health care available to you, whether it’s through the Marketplace, Medicaid, or employer coverage. January 31 was the last day to select a plan for 2017. However, there are some special circumstances that allow you to enroll later outside of the regular enrollment periods. You can get help to find a plan that works for you. Call 1-800-648-1176 or visit areyoucoveredohio.org to find help near you.

Stay informed and involved. Everyone needs to speak up to support health care that is fair. UHCAN Ohio will keep you informed and help you make your voice heard. Sign up for our email list and select “Making Health Care Morally Fair” as an interest to stay involved.