Physicians for Reproductive Health

Increase the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage and Stabilize the Childcare Sector

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The recent COVID 19 relief packages increased unemployment protections, created greater investments in public health, and provided relief to small businesses. Still, many states and localities need more relief funds to appropriately care for their affected communities to provide education, expand health coverage, protect voting rights, prevent layoffs, and provide essential services.

This week, we want you to ask your Representatives and Senators to center women and their families by increasing the federal medical assistance percentage and stabilizing the childcare sector as we look toward reopening businesses and the economy. Women and families still need nonprofit human service organizations that partner with state and local governments to continue operating domestic violence programs, transitional housing and shelter programs, rape crisis centers, legal services, and emergency food programs during the pandemic. With women of color experiencing larger income and wealth disparities, women and people who are homeless, LGBTQIA folks, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of elder abuse or sexual assault, or have a disability will struggle more through the pandemic in the United States.

PHONE CALL SCRIPT: 

I am a physician/supporter from [your state] and an advocate/supporter with Physicians for Reproductive Health. I am grateful for the work that Congress has put forth via the initial relief packages around the coronavirus. For the next coronavirus relief package I ask that you center women and their families by increasing federal medical assistance percentage and stabilizing the childcare sector as we look toward reopening businesses and the economy. Women and families still need nonprofit human service organizations that partner with state and local governments to continue operating domestic violence programs, transitional housing and shelter programs, rape crisis centers, legal services, and emergency food programs during the pandemic.

Women and immigrant women make up so many of the front-line workers who are most at risk right now. With women of color experiencing larger income and wealth disparities, women and people who are homeless, LGBTQAI folks, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of elder abuse or sexual assault, and people with disabilities will struggle more in such a crisis. [As a physician] I know how important it is for people to feel supported and safe to access health care, particularly at times of uncertainty.

[As a physician] I am prepared to do my part to care for all our communities, and ask [Senator/Representative] ___________ to support coronavirus assistance bills and packages without political restrictions to truly benefit all communities, centering women, families, and those working at the front-lines.