The debate over raising the debt ceiling will determine the financial security and the health of our families and communities. Call your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators today and tell them to protect Medicare and Medicaid!

Medicare and Medicaid provide a safety net for our most vulnerable community members – including children, pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities – and more Americans than ever rely on the coverage they provide. Medicaid provides stable health coverage and services for 11% of Asian Americans and 14% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. In addition, over 14% of Asian seniors rely on Medicare and Medicaid for health coverage.

To call your Representative, follow these simple steps:

Call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. It is best to call in the morning Eastern Time to avoid problems because of different time zones between your state and Washington, D.C.

When the switchboard operators answer, ask to be connected to the office of your Representative.

In order to speak with your Representative’s office, you will need to give the operator your zip code. In some cases, there are more than one congressional districts within a zip code, so you may need to give the operator your full address to determine the correct Representative.

The operator will then connect you to your Representative’s office.

Sample Phone Script:

As your constituent, I urge you to ensure that the financial security and health of our families are not bargained away. Please support raising the debt ceiling without devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Our road map to economic recovery cannot rely on tax cuts for the wealthy and the dismantling of essential services for those who need it the most.