Update: Defending National Health Care Reform

Dear Partners:

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is now law.  Congress' work on health care reform is complete for now, but our work is not finished.  Persistent public outreach and education is needed to promote the provisions in the new law that will immediately help people and combat the opposition's messages against reform.   

As we've discussed in recent editions of the Insider, some states are battling legislative proposals, legal challenges or constitutional amendments opposing reform. Whether you are facing these attacks in your state or not, one of the best things everyone can do is explain what reform really does and doesn't do. The more the public understands reform, the less they support the opposition's agenda. Reaching out to constituencies that will benefit from early improvements - including seniors, small businesses and children and adults with pre-existing conditions - is a good place to begin.

To help you in this work, Community Catalyst's National Health Reform Team will continue to provide you with resources.  We will also continue to share updates from Washington, DC and lessons from the states through email updates and the Health Policy Hub (sign up here).

In order to inform our work and help us develop materials that you find most useful, please fill out our online surveyYour feedback and insights are critical to our planning, and we hope you will take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us.

Here are a number of resources focused on planning for implementation, the current legal challenges to the law, and public education and outreach.

We thank you for your continued hard work and advocacy, and we look forward to partnering with you in working for successful implementation of health care reform

Sincerely,

Community Catalyst National Health Reform Team

 

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