Tell Senate to Support the HEAL Act
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On May 20, 2020 Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act in the Senate. The HEAL Act removes political interference and restores coverage so immigrants in the United States can participate in the health care programs their tax dollars support.
HEAL would lift the restrictive five year waiting period for federally authorized immigrants to participate in federal health programs like Medicaid and CHIP. It would also allow individuals to purchase health coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, regardless of immigration status.
Now, during the COVID pandemic, it's more important than ever that immigrant communities can access the healthcare they need. The HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act would specifically expand access to healthcare for undocumented immigrants by allowing them to purchase health insurance.
PHONE CALL SCRIPT:
I am a physician/constituent from [your state] and an advocate/supporter with Physicians for Reproductive Health. I am calling to urge Senator __________ to cosponsor the Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act.
The world is changing as a result of the COVID pandemic. Now, more than ever, a person’s health should not depend on their immigration status. When immigrants can access affordable health care coverage, women and families will receive care they need. [As a physician/health care provider] I know how important coverage is to staying healthy and to keeping families healthy. Immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and contribute to our communities and economy. It is time to treat them fairly and give them a much needed protection. Please support the HEAL Act.