Action needed – support House Bill 1291

Action needed:

1. Make a call or send an email to key decision makers before 2 p.m. today:

· If you live in Spokane: Content Representative Timm Ormsby and ask him to support an amendment to restore out of pocket costs. He is the Chair of the Committee, and he represents District 3 in Spokane.

· Call Committee Chair Timm Ormsby at: (360) 786-7946

· A staff member will answer the phone. Here is a sample of what to say: “Hi. I live in Spokane. I support House Bill 1291. I want to thank Representative Ormsby for co-sponsoring the bill. And I want to ask him to support an amendment to restore coverage of out of pocket costs. That is very important so that the program will work, and the benefits will be the same as for other people who are eligible for Medicaid.”

· OR, if you don’t want to call, you can email Representative Ormsby at timm.ormsby@leg.wa.gov. You can use the same sample message. Be SURE to include your name and address at the bottom of your message. Messages without addresses are not considered very seriously.

· If you live in Auburn or Kent: Contact Representative Pat Sullivan and ask him to support the amendment to restore out of pocket costs. He is the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and serves on the Appropriations Committee, and represents District 47 which includes parts of Auburn and Kent.

· Call Representative Sullivan at: (360) 786-7858

· A staff member will answer the phone. Here is a sample of what to say: “Hi. I live in (Auburn, Kent). I support House Bill 1291. I want to thank Representative Sullivan for supporting House Bill 1291. And I want to ask him to support an amendment to restore coverage of out of pocket costs. That is very important so that the program will work, and the benefits will be the same as for other people who are eligible for Medicaid. “

· OR, if you don’t want to call, you can email Representative Sullivan at pat.sullivan@leg.wa.gov. You can use the same sample message. Be SURE to include your name and address at the bottom of your message. Messages without addresses are not considered very seriously.

· If you live OUTSIDE of Auburn or Spokane: Contact Representative Ormsby. He is the chair of the committee. Here is a sample message: “I support House Bill 1291. I want to thank Representative Ormsby, as Chair of the Appropriations Committee for hearing the bill. I am calling (emailing) to ask that he support an amendment to restore coverage of out-of-pocket costs, so that the program will work as intended, and the benefits will be the same as for other people who are eligible for Medicaid.”

2. Below is an email blast and action alert we sent to Children’s Alliance members yesterday so they can take action in support. Feel free to share it. If you want to share it via text you can copy and paste the note below – and the link will take people to the page to enter their information and send a message to their legislators.

Take action for healthy families! Click to send a quick message to your state lawmakers in support of bill to provide access to health care for Washingtonians from COFA nations!

http://actnow.io/BOnrqys

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