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Action Alert: Urge Congress Not to Dismantle Health Insurance For Low-income and Working Americans

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March 6, 2017 Urge Congress Not to Dismantle Health Insurance For Low-income and Working Americans  | Printable Version

ACTION ALERT: This week, we expect the U.S. House to begin moving a bill that would repeal large portions of the Affordable Care Act and dramatically alter and reduce federal financing for Medicaid.

Several Texas congressional representatives are on the two committees working on the legislation—if you live in one of the following districts, it is especially important that you contact your congressional representative:

Energy and Commerce

  • Joe Barton (Vice Chair), 877-251-2865
  • Michael Burgess, 877-255-4218
  • Pete Olson, 877-588-3216
  • Bill Flores, 877-515-7279
  • Gene Green, 877-687-4968

Ways and Means Committee

  • Kevin Brady (Chair), 877-218-1338
  • Sam Johnson, 877-427-4164
  • Kenny Marchant, 877-444-9237
  • Lloyd Doggett, 877-430-6625

The changes Congress is considering would result in massive federal funding cuts for Texas and loss of health insurance for nearly a million Texans. The impacts would not be limited to low-income Texans. The combination of funding cuts and spike in uninsured population would almost certainly result in a combination of increased property taxes and diminished access to hospital care, especially in rural areas.

No matter what congressional district you live in, please take a minute this week to call your STATE senator and representative, your mayor, and your county commissioners. Urge them to tell Texas’ congressional delegation that cutting health insurance for Texans and cutting health care funding for Texas is bad medicine.

  • Early this week, perhaps on Monday evening, we expect to see draft legislation. Later in the week, possibly Wednesday, the House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce committees will begin to “markup” the bill (meaning they will debate and possibly amend the bill). They will then vote on the bill and we expect it will pass out of committee.
  • The week of March 13th, Republicans hope to send the language from Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce to the Budget Committee to combine the language into one bill. The combined language will be voted on by the Budget Committee and then sent to the Rules Committee.
  • The week of March 20th, Republicans hope to send the agreed upon language from the Rules committee to the floor of the House.

Weekly Witness Action Steps

Click here for a list of toll free numbers for House and Senate members. Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.

Sample Script for Congressional Calls

Hello, my name is     and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Representative     __  for his/her service and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I want to urge Representative _______________ to vote against Affordable Care Act repeal or Medicaid reform bills that are bad for Texas.

I hear that the ACA repeal legislation Congress is considering would cut crucial financial assistance that has helped working Texans afford health insurance. Texas already has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, and many of our hospitals are already struggling to keep providing services. Dumping a million new uninsured folks into the system will hurt Texas taxpayers and hospitals—besides being cruel to those individuals.

Please step back and consider the impact your choices this week and this month will have on Texas. 

Sample Script for Legislative Calls

Hello, my name is     and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Representative/Senator     __  for his/her service and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative/Senator and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I want to ask Representative/Senator _______________ to urge Congress not to pass Affordable Care Act repeal or Medicaid reform bills that are bad for Texas.

It’s my understanding that Congress is considering making Medicaid into a capped program. This change would make it very hard for Texas to respond to changing circumstances like disasters.

It’s my understanding that the ACA repeal legislation Congress is considering would cut crucial financial assistance that has helped working Texans afford health insurance. Texas already has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, and many of our hospitals are already struggling to keep providing services. Dumping a million new uninsured folks into the system will hurt Texas taxpayers and hospitals—besides being cruel to those individuals.

Please advocate for our state with our congressional delegation. They need to understand the costs they will shift onto state and local governments if they move forward with their proposed plan.


Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!

In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.



Archived Action Alerts



February 27, 2017 Keep Texans Healthy with Commonsense Environmental Information and Planning  | Printable Version

ACTION ALERT: This legislative session, lawmakers have introduced several bills that would give Texans information about environmental conditions to help them protect themselves, their families, and their communities. From testing water for lead to providing text alerts about toxic emissions, improving technologies can help keep Texans informed and healthy.

The following House bills have been introduced but have not yet been referred to committee or scheduled for public hearings. Texas Impact hopes the bills will get referred and scheduled soon, to increase their chances of passage.


HB 2395 by Collier would require public schools to test their drinking water annually for lead and arsenic, to provide safe drinking water, and to keep parents posted on the safety of their drinking water. 

HB 1927 by Eddie Rodriguez would direct the State Emergency Response Commission to develop a statewide multi-media alert system to let Texans know about toxic emissions in their area.

HB 773 by Johnson would require state agencies to plan and budget for impacts to the agency’s operations and areas of responsibility from climate change, based on information and predictions from the Texas State Climatologist.

Take Action: Call your representative and tell them you support these bills and hope to see them get scheduled for hearings soon. Ask your representative to talk to the bill authors and to consider signing on as a co-author or co-sponsor.


Weekly Witness Action Steps

Click here for a list of toll free numbers for House members. Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is                   and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Representative     __  for his/her service this Legislative Session and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I want to urge Representative _______________ to support HB 2395, HB 1927, and HB 773. These commonsense bills would help Texans stay informed about environmental conditions so they can keep themselves and their families healthy.

None of these bills has been referred to committee yet, and we know having co-authors and early support helps get bills moving. I hope you’ll take a look at the bills and talk to the authors, and do everything you can to help get the bills moving so they can have the best chance of passing.

Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!

In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.

February 20, 2017 Help Stop Epic Rollbacks in American Health Care System: Three “M’s”: Medicare, Medicaid, Marketplace | Printable Version

ACTION ALERT: This week, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are back home for “district work weeks.” Many are holding listening events like town hall meetings to hear from constituents…but even if your representative is not holding a special event, it’s still a really important time to let them know where you stand on important issues. 

One of the issues Congress is most intent on addressing this spring is health care. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week that legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be introduced as soon as Congress returns from break. Congressional leaders also have indicated they intend to consider major reductions in funding and benefits for Medicaid and Medicare.

Please take time this week to let your congressional representative know you oppose any legislation that would take the U.S. and Texas backward on health care. Ask them to tell you where they stand on key provisions of proposed health care reforms, and inquire if they know how those reforms are expected to impact Texas.


Repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacing it with comparable benefits would jeopardize health insurance for millions of Texans. Texas still leads the nation in both number and percent of uninsured residents, but we have made significant gains now that Texans can sign up for subsidized plans through the Marketplace. Nearly one million Texans receive subsidies through the Marketplace, making insurance affordable to workers without access to employer-sponsored plans.

Texas depends on Medicare and Medicaid to support our state’s health care infrastructure—cutting federal funding for these programs would diminish access to care for whole communities in our state, as well as hurting millions of poor children, seniors, and Texans with disabilities.

Take Action: Ask your congressional representative to answer the attached key questions—at a town hall meeting, in a phone call, or when you drop by the district office for a visit.


Key Questions for Congress: Health Care

  • Will the repeal-and-replace bill maintain the same protections for people with pre-existing conditions, or will it include loopholes that allow insurers to charge more to folks with pre-existing conditions?
  • I’ve heard that Speaker Ryan is planning to include Medicare changes— including premium support, which will end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits—in the ACA repeal and replace bill. Is this true and where do you stand on guaranteed benefits?
  • Millions of seniors rely on Medicaid to pay for nursing home care. Do you support cutting Medicaid funding to states? What will happen to older Americans who need long-term care at home or in a nursing home?
  • I’ve heard that Congress is considering turning Medicaid into a grant program, where Texas would get a fixed amount of federal funds no matter how high our health costs are. Do you support this approach? Would Texas get more funding if we experience a huge increase in need, like from a big natural disaster?

Find your congressional representative here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

February 13, 2017 ACTION ALERT: Urge Senators to Support Four Year Degrees for Caseworkers | Printable Version | Will Francis Presentation | Purple Postcard Campaign--Texas Council on Family Violence

ACTION ALERT: There are two bills related to education requirements in the workforce: SB 429 in the Senate & HB 634 in the House.  SB 429 is less permissive, requiring a 4 year degree in social work or a human services related field, and HB 634 requires a minimum of any 4 year degree.  46 states require a 4 year degree, many require a human services degree or experience in this area, and of the 3 states that do not require at least a Bachelor’s degree, two require more prescriptive measures than Texas and one, South Dakota, doesn’t hire anyone with less than a 4 year degree even though it’s not in policy.


Proponents of the lower degrees talk about expanding the workforce, but with the recent $12,000 raises for caseworkers, and the need to develop training that builds on the human services education that staff bring to the agency, it is imperative that the Department hire workers with 4 year degrees to ensure that families involved in the system receive meaningful contacts.

Social Workers have a long history within the child welfare system, and are vital to developing outcomes that support youth and their families as they seek stability and recovery.  Social work degree curriculums always include the fundamentals of child development, systems theory, client-centered approaches to interventions and the framework of the child welfare system in school.  Research shows that children in the child welfare system who have caseworkers with a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree of Social Work have better outcomes, including shorter time in  out-of-home care, increased adoptions, and a lower likelihood of being removed from their  homes.

Take Action: Call the senators listed on this action alert and tell them you want CPS caseworkers in the state of Texas to have at least a Bachelor’s degree in social work or human services.


Click here for a list of local numbers for each member of the Senate Human Services Committee (NOTE: toll-free numbers coming soon.)

Sample Script

Hello, my name is                   and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Senator     __  for his/her service this Legislative Session and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative/Senator and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I want to urge Senator _______________ to support Senate Bill 429, which would require a minimum of a social work or human services degree for CPS caseworkers. (If your congregation has a relationship with local CPS—for example if you have met with them to support programs that prevent child abuse and neglect, you could mention that and discuss what skills you think are valuable in caseworkers..)

I know you will be hearing public testimony on Senate Bill 429 when it is scheduled for a hearing soon, and I urge you to support the bill and other.  

Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if they express concerns about the bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!

In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.

February 6, 2017 ACTION ALERT: Urge Senators to Oppose “Anti-Sanctuary City” Legislation | Printable Version

ACTION ALERT: Last Thursday, despite over sixteen hours of public testimony and hundreds of calls from Texas Impact members, the Senate State Affairs Committee approved Senate Bill 4 by a 7-2 vote in one day. SB4 would ban so-called “sanctuary cities” in Texas and withhold funding from jurisdictions that don’t comply with federal immigration detainer requests. This bill, and other bills like it, would impose new requirements on local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill includes whistleblower provisions and includes fiscal sanctions against local governments that fail to comply. 


Opponents of SB 4 say the bill takes authority away from local law enforcement agencies and would diminish the ability of local law enforcement to make the best decisions to keep their communities safe. In particular, opponents stress that the bill would discourage the reporting of crimes by individuals who fear they, their family members, or their associates could become caught up in immigration enforcement if they come forward.

Take Action: Call your state senator and tell them you don’t support “anti-sanctuary cities” legislation, and you trust your local law enforcement officials to make wise decisions for your community. Please feel free to reference the importance of this issue to Texans of faith.

If your senator is a member of the State Affairs Committee, please ask them how they made their decision to vote on the bill and whether the hours of testimony factored in any way into their decision. Senators on State Affairs are Senators Huffman, Hughes, Birdwell, Creighton, Estes, Lucio, Nelson, Schwertner and Zaffirini.

Find your state senator via the “Who Represents Me” page.

If you learn anything that would benefit Texas Impact staff, email engagement@texasimpact.org.


A list of toll free numbers for each member of the Senate is attached to this week's action alert. Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is                   and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Senator     __  for his/her service this Legislative Session and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Senator and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I want to urge Senator _______________ to oppose Senate Bill 4, which is an unwarranted and potentially dangerous intrusion by the state into local law enforcement agencies and their ability to keep the peace locally. (If your congregation has a relationship with local law enforcement—for example if you have met with them to go over your open carry posting options or if you ever interact with them regarding homeless or mentally ill community members, you could mention that and point out how important it is for the community to have a trusting relationship with law enforcement.)

I understand that the Senate may be hearing SB4 this week, and I urge you to oppose the bill and other, similar pieces of legislation.  

Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!

In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.

For updated information, visit www.texasimpact.org, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or contact engagement@texasimpact.org

Weekly Witness is sponsored this week by Rev. Dr. T Randall Smith and Rev. Sandra W. Smith, and Mary and Jim Brown

Texas Impact is a membership organization. Join Texas Impact and be part of Texas' oldest and largest interfaith action network! For more information, visit: http://texasimpact.org/join

January 30, 2017 ACTION ALERT: Urge Senators to Oppose “Anti-Sanctuary City” Legislation | Printable Version

ACTION ALERT: This week, the Senate State Affairs Committee will take public testimony on Senate Bill 4, known as the “anti-sanctuary cities” bill. This bill, and other bills like it, would impose new requirements on local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill includes whistleblower provisions and includes fiscal sanctions against local governments that fail to comply.  


Opponents of SB 4 say the bill takes authority away from local law enforcement agencies and would diminish the ability of local law enforcement to make the best decisions to keep their communities safe. In particular, opponents stress that the bill would discourage the reporting of crimes by individuals who fear they, their family members, or their associates could become caught up in immigration enforcement if they come forward.

ACTION ALERT: This week, the Senate State Affairs Committee will take public testimony on Senate Bill 4, known as the “anti-sanctuary cities” bill. This bill, and other bills like it, would impose new requirements on local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill includes whistleblower provisions and includes fiscal sanctions against local governments that fail to comply.


A list of toll free numbers for each member of the Senate State Affairs Committee is attached to this week's action alert. Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is                   and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Senator     __  for his/her service this Legislative Session and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative/Senator and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I want to urge Senator _______________ to oppose Senate Bill 4, which is an unwarranted and potentially dangerous intrusion by the state into local law enforcement agencies and their ability to keep the peace locally. (If your congregation has a relationship with local law enforcement—for example if you have met with them to go over your open carry posting options or if you ever interact with them regarding homeless or mentally ill community members, you could mention that and point out how important it is for the community to have a trusting relationship with law enforcement.)

I know you will be hearing public testimony on Senate Bill 4 on Thursday, and I urge you to oppose the bill and other, similar pieces of legislation.  

Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!

In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.


January 30, 2017 ACTION ALERT: Urge lawmakers to increase access to healthy, affordable food and fair credit for low-income Texas, and urge them NOT to impose new barriers to accessing benefits. | Printable Version

ACTION ALERT: This week, Senate Finance Committee is considering the health and human services budget for the 2018-2019 biennium. This portion of the budget is known as “Article Two.”

The Senate budget as proposed would include nearly $500 million in unspecified cuts to general revenue for health and human services programs. The Senate also ignores the normal growth in the Medicaid program, irresponsibly leaving a couple billion dollars out of the Medicaid budget and setting up the program to run out of money early in 2019.


This week, the Senate Finance Committee will consider Texas’ 2018-2019 health and human services budget. Budget leaders warn that the state has less general revenue available for the upcoming biennium than for the current one—even though sales tax and other GR collections are expected to increase—because the state has dedicated so much revenue to the State Highway Fund.

Texas already is not keeping up with need in these areas, and we need to spend significantly more on foster care services to settle a federal lawsuit and ensure children aren’t hurt or killed in the state’s custody.

Luckily, voters have left lawmakers discretion to roll back portions of the highway dedications if conditions warrant it.

What about the “Rainy Day Fund?”

Lawmakers also could use funds in the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the “Rainy Day Fund.” This fund was set up after the oil bust of the 1980s to make sure Texas would never again have to cut programs and services due to sudden fluctuations in state revenue—especially oil and gas-related revenue. It’s inexcusable for Texas to continue to accumulate revenue in a savings account and refuse to spend it on lifesaving programs for Texas taxpayers and their families.

Take Action: Call the senators listed on this action alert and tell them you don’t support this budget approach. Tell them you support “undedicating” a portion of the highway funds to prevent cuts to Article Two programs, as well as transferring a portion of the Rainy Day Fund to avoid budget cuts.


A list of toll free numbers for each member of the Senate Finance Committee is attached to this week's action alert. Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is                   and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Senator     __  for his/her service this Legislative Session and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative/Senator and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I want to urge Senator _______________ to recommend undedicating a portion of the newly dedicated highway funds instead of cutting health and human service programs. (If you voted for the constitutional amendment creating the dedication, you could mention that you didn’t intend to prioritize highways over human needs.)

I know you will be hearing public testimony on Article Two tomorrow, and I want to add my voice to those who say the Legislature should spend some of Texas’ considerable savings before we start taking away lifesaving and life-giving programs like health care.

I’m especially concerned that the budget as introduced include $489 million in general revenue cuts that aren’t clearly enumerated. Can you let me know what programs and services Senator __________ would be most likely to consider cutting to achieve this reduction?

Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!

In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.



January 23, 2017 ACTION ALERT: Urge lawmakers to increase access to healthy, affordable food and fair credit for low-income Texas, and urge them NOT to impose new barriers to accessing benefits.

Printable version of this Action Alert available here.

A number of bills have already been filed that would improve access to food and credit by creating innovative local financing systems. This is a great strategy for Texas, and lawmakers should support this approach.

Unfortunately, some bills are already filed that would impose new restrictions on the use of SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) including requiring recipients to show a photo ID at the point of purchase. This would be a step backward for Texas and is not in line with the goal of increasing access to healthy food or helping families.

Take Action: Tell your senator and representative you support innovative financing for local solutions to increase access to food and credit, and you oppose increasing barriers to use of SNAP benefits. Call numbers available here.


Sample Script

Hello, my name is                   and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Representative/Senator __  for his/her service this Legislative Session and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative/Senator and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I am concerned about (whatever issue or bill you are calling about). (Add details from the information in our Action Alert.)

Can you let me know how the Representative/Senator feels about this issue/plans to vote on this bill?

Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!


Find your representative at: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

In the past members have occasionally blocked the toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.

For updated information, visit www.texasimpact.org, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or contact engagement@texasimpact.org

This Week’s Weekly Witness Action Alert is sponsored by

Platinum Sponsors: Rev. Dr. T. Randall Smith and Rev. Sandra W. Smith

Silver Sponsors: Mary and Jim Brown

Texas Impact is a membership organization. Join Texas Impact and be part of Texas' oldest and largest interfaith action network! For more information, visit: http://texasimpact.org/join



January 16, 2017 ACTION ALERT: Urge lawmakers to “undedicated” a portion of sales tax collections dedicated to the State Highway Fund to prevent cuts to children’s services.

Printable version of this Action Alert available here.

This week, the Senate Finance Committee will begin consideration of Texas’ 2018-2019 biennial budget. Budget leaders warn that the state has less general revenue available for the upcoming biennium than for the current one—even though sales tax and other GR collections are expected to increase—because the state has dedicated so much revenue to the State Highway Fund.

Lt. Governor Patrick said last week that the Legislature would need to cut the budget, and that cuts would come primarily from health, human services, and education. But Texas already is not keeping up with need in these areas, and we need to spend significantly more on foster care services to settle a federal lawsuit and ensure children aren’t hurt or killed in the state’s custody.

Luckily, voters have left lawmakers discretion to roll back portions of the highway dedications if conditions warrant it.

Urge your state senator to commit to vote to reduce sales tax transfers to the State Highway Fund instead of cutting services to children. Call numbers available here.



January 9, 2017--ACTION ALERT: Join the National Interfaith Call-In Day to #ProtectOurCare, January 9

Click here to view today's PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF.

Note: Click here to access a printable version of this action alert (PDF)

ACTION ALERT: U.S. Congressional leaders are moving swiftly to repeal large portions of the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health care for 20 million Americans...including nearly 3 million Texans. In response, the NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice is hosting a nationwide interfaith call in day on Monday, Jan. 9. Take action: Urge your U.S. senator to protect healthcare by voting NO on Affordable Care Act repeal!

As we begin the 115th Congress and a new presidential administration, we need to do all we can to protect healthcare as Congress attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Call your Senators now to protect healthcare. Call 1-888-897-9753. Tell them to vote NO on S.Con.Res.3.

The Trump campaign promised that no one who currently has coverage under the ACA would be without coverage under a new plan. The challenge: Just last week, Congressional Republicans took the first step in their plan to rush through a repeal of the ACA in a budget resolution, which would speed up the process of dismantling the ACA without proposing an alternative.

Republicans are using the budget process to dismantle the ACA by eliminating tax breaks, subsidies, and more. These changes would further increase our national debt, and it is a sneaky and irresponsible move by Congress to dismantle the economic structures that support the ACA.

This strategy is not acceptable for the millions of Americans who stand to lose coverage. It will spread fear in 20 million people who receive healthcare through the ACA and countless others who have benefitted from the ACA. Congress must ensure they have a viable plan in place to protect the lives of millions of people.

Call your Senators now to protect healthcare! Call 1-888-897-9753.

(Call twice to be connected to both of your Senators)

When you call, here’s what you might say:

“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I am a constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. As a person of faith, I believe that healthcare is a basic human right, and a core part of my faith’s teaching. Please tell the Senator that they should oppose any repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Changes to healthcare should not happen unless there is a viable replacement to ensure millions of Americans continue to receive affordable, quality healthcare. This is a matter of life and death. Please vote NO on any legislation that includes repealing the Affordable Care Act without a suitable alternative in place. Vote NO on S.Con.Res.3.”


Action Alert: Weekly Witness Preview--Contact Your Legislators to Thank Them

In future weeks, Texas Impact will provide information to call specific legislators with a message on legislative priorities. In order to test our systems, we encourage you to call your representative in the House and Senate, introduce yourself to the person who answers the phone and thank them for their service. Feel free to let them know you are praying for them.

Below is a list of toll free numbers for each member of the House and Senate. Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.

Call numbers available here.

Sample Script

For Every House Member:

Hello, my name is                   and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Representative/Senator __  for his/her service this Legislative Session and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for you. As a person of faith (or clergy) I am (Add personal touch about an issue you care about).

Find your representative at: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

Find and print the list of all House members with toll free numbers at the bottom of this page.

In the past members have occasionally blocked the toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.

For updated information, visit www.texasimpact.org, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or contact engagement@texasimpact.org

This Week’s Weekly Witness Action Alert is sponsored by Members of Texas Impact

Texas Impact is a membership organization. Join Texas Impact and be part of Texas' oldest and largest interfaith action network! For more information, visit: http://texasimpact.org/join