Current Actions

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Actions to take the week of May 10

1. Medicaid Omnibus (dental & more)

UPDATE Monday 7:55 pm, SB 2028 (Kolkhorst), the Medicaid Omnibus bill, has passed the House! Thank you for taking action on this bill, no further action needed on SB 2028 this week!

This bill includes numerous Medicaid improvements, including provisions for access to dental care for adults with disabilities, a healthcare pilot program for children, promoting independent living, and others.

2. Copay Accumulators

HB 2668 (Price), the Copay Accumulators bill, is stuck in House Calendars. This bill would protect consumers from Copay Accumulators, a new insurance practice that raises individuals' healthcare costs.

Contact House Calendars and ask them to vote favorably on HB 2668. Use our form to send members an email.

3. No Kids in Cuffs

HB 2975 (Hull) is scheduled to be heard on the House floor Tuesday, May 11. This bill would prohibit peace officers from restraining students younger than 10 years old, unless they pose a serious risk of harm to themselves or another person.

Contact your House Representative by the end of Monday and tell them to vote yes on HB 2975. Use our form to send them an email.

4. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

The budget conference committee is meeting now to plan the state's budget for the next two years. The Senate's draft shortchanges the ECI program. They should adopt the more accurate ECI caseload projections included in the House budget and raise the funding level to match that projected caseload. These projections are more aligned with the number of children historically served in the program.

Contact the members of the Budget Conference Committee and urge them to prioritize ECI in the state budget. Use our form to send them an email.

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Tips for calling or emailing a legislator

  1. Be sure to say in your communication if you are a constituent of a particular committee member (look up your reps).
  2. Real life stories are great! If you have a personal story related to an issue, briefly tell it. Examples: “My daughter has been on the waiting list for ____ years.”  “My family member has a hard time getting an attendant to work on Medicaid wages.”
  3. If applicable, tell your legislator what IS working, not just what you want to change. Tell them what you appreciate and want to keep about a program or law.
  4. Network with other advocates to stay informed and motivated.
  5. If you have them, use attention-getting statistics.

What happens when you email or call a legislator?

When you write an email, you may not get an answer. If you call and talk to a legislative office, the staffer may take your name and why you call. As a result, you may feel your voice was not heard. This is not the case. Staff tracks communications like the number of emails, phone calls, and letters on an issue. This will be shared with the legislator and can often influence her or him. Every legislative session, there are bills passed that were unexpected—and in many cases that was the result of emails and phone calls. In 2021, as in-person office visits are expected to be dramatically decreased, calls and emails will be critical communication channels to your elected representatives!

 

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