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  • House of Representatives passes ‘American Health Care Act’

    Posted by Deborah Darcy  | 

    On Thursday, May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA); there was no Democratic support for the bill, and 20 Republicans voted against it. The bill is the first step in the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Read more >>

  • New legislation aimed at protecting living donors

    Posted by Ben Shlesinger  | 

    In March, the Living Donor Protection Act of 2017 was introduced by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA). The aim of the legislation is to ensure those who are living organ donors are able to find insurance and have job protection when they take the necessary time off for the lifesaving procedure of donating an organ. Read more >>

  • Connect with your Congressman on Facebook

    Posted by Tracey Clayborn & Deborah Darcy  | 

    In an effort to increase civic engagement, Facebook rolled out a new feature called Town Hall to help you get in touch with your elected officials. Town Hall pulls up your state, local and federal reps and gives you the option to contact and/or follow them. All you need is a Facebook profile to access the app which even gives you access to call them directly if you choose! Read more >>

  • Repeal and Replacement for the Affordable
    Care Act

    Posted by Deborah Darcy  | 

    There are a number of reasons why the AHCA failed to garner sufficient support among House Republicans. The conservative House Freedom Caucus opposed the bill because it did not fully repeal the ACA. Read more >>

  • How to meet your elected officials
    in person

    Posted by Ben Shlesinger  | 

    Members of Congress spend most of their time in Washington, D.C., but when Congress is not in session, they go home to their districts. These times are called “district work periods” or “recess.” This is when public officials can meet with their constituents locally rather than in the nation’s capital. Read more >>

  • Do you know who are your elected officials?

    Posted by Ben Shlesinger  | 

    There are more than 50 new members of the U.S. House of Representatives and seven new U.S. Senators! Check to see if you have new elected officials! Read more >>

  • Welcome to the AKF Advocacy Blog

    Posted by Ben Shlesinger  | 

    In the changing health care landscape, and with a new administration in Washington, we have started this blog as a means to provide members of our Advocacy Network important and up-to-date information. Read more >>