Sample letter asking your representative to cosponsor the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2021 (formerly H.R. 5010).
Also ask your senators to create a Senate version of the bill.
As we work towards universal health coverage on a national scale, we should also support state initiatives to expand health coverage to all residents. In fact, throughout our nation’s history, our states have served as the incubators of democratic ideas. Our neighbors in Canada actually established their own successful national health program by allowing the province of Saskatchewan to lead with a universal hospital care program in 1947, a decade before the plan took hold nationwide.
That is why Rep. Ro Khanna reintroduced the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2021 – to create a waiver to allow states to develop their own plans to provide access to health care for all of their residents. This bill provides states with access to federal funding streams and regulatory flexibility to support affordable, universal health care plans.
The State-Based Universal Health Care Act requires participating states or groups of states to propose plans to provide health care coverage for 95 percent of their residents within five years. After five years, participating states would be required to demonstrate they reached these targets and provide a plan to cover the remaining five percent of their population. States that do not reach the 95 percent target after five years would have to revise their plan to achieve the targets, or risk losing their waiver. Federal technical assistance would be made available for states seeking help in developing these plans.
The State-Based Universal Health Care Act also requires benefits provided under state plans be equal to or greater than what federal beneficiaries receive now. An independent panel of health care experts and officials would evaluate whether a state’s proposal meets the requirements and would then provide a public recommendation of waiver application approval or rejection to the Secretary of HHS.
The regulatory flexibility provided and funding streams combined include: (1) the requirements for the establishment, creation, and maintenance of health benefit exchanges; (2) cost-sharing reductions under the ACA; (3) premium tax credit and employer mandate under the ACA; (4) Medicare; (5) Medicaid; (6) CHIP; (7) FEHBP; (8) TRICARE; and (9) ERISA pre-emption provision.
States are in a unique position to innovate and lead in the push for universal health care. Let’s give them the tools they need to succeed.
The deadline to join as an original cosponsor is Friday, May 28. Please email email@example.com for questions and to sign on.
To contact your representative and aides please use the download button. In green are the current signers. Please THANK them. In blue are signers in 2019 but not yet signed in 2021. Thank and nudge them. In purple are those who have never signed. NUDGE them!
Ask your organizations to sign on as supporters of state-based universal healthcare
Act now to make certain that Rep. Ro Khanna’s State-Based Universal Health Care Act bill drops with maximum support nationwide.
This is an important next step towards a more affordable, equitable, and accessible health care system.
By signing, your organization will be added to a sign-on letter addressed to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Please, feel free to pass this opportunity along to others in your community.
Use the link below. Note that 20 reps have signed on. Please modify and use your letter to thank them.