Affordable Care, Affordable Housing, The Supreme Court, and You

On March 26th through March 28th the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the minimum coverage provision, the expansion of Medicaid, and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Visibility events will take place each day focused on a different constituency and core health care argument that showcases how the law is working. If you are in the D.C. area, please join ECM and hundreds of other organizations and individuals to let everyone know the ACA works for kids and is benefitting millions every day. They are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to noon outside the Supreme Court. We will be in touch with details. Please share this e-mail with family, friends, and colleagues. Numbers make a difference. If you plan to participate, please respond to uellis@everychildmatters.org.

Helpful Information:

For more information on the benefits of the law in a particular state, click here.  
For Powerpoints about the ACA, click here.

Hashtags:

#protectthelaw – to be used around the Supreme Court Case

#HCRatStake – March 23rd Families USA Tweetstorm

#HealthCareWorks – 2nd anniversary cheer

#hcr – general Health Care Reform twitter tag

Note: hashtagging is not case-sensitive.

Don’t Let the U.S. House Increase Rents on Nearly Half a Million of the Nation’s Poorest Households

The House Financial Services Committee is about to consider a version of The Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act (AHSSIA) that would increase the rents for 500,000 of the nation’s poorest families.

Nearly 150 child advocacy groups have urged members of the committee to change the minimum rent portion when they consider this critical legislation. Even seemingly small increases in monthly rent could put these families at further risk. Two-thirds of the 500,000 at-risk families have young children and a disproportionate number — 63 percent— of the 700,000 children in these homes are of pre-school age. Very young children are at a particular risk of deprivation caused by housing rent increases.

According to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis, the rent increases would fall particularly hard on families of color. Click here to contact your member of Congress and tell him or her to Vote No on increasing rents on the poorest families. Your voice can make a difference.