Fund Community Health Centers

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION FOR Wednesday, January 31st:

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

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Check out our Letter to the Editor in today’s Seattle Times!:

https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/resistance-movement-use-every-tool/

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After the recent shutdown, Congress passed another continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running. While the CR included a six-year funding renewal for the Children's Health Insurance Program, it left out community health centers, putting essential healthcare services at risk.

Community health centers are federally funded medical facilities that serve everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. These centers provide essential care to medically underserved populations like migrant farmworkers and homeless people at a relatively low cost. Community health centers, which collectively care for more than 25 million Americans, depend heavily on the federally-funded Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF) to keep their doors open. Without CHCF funding, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates, over 9 million patients would lose access to care, about 50,000 people in low-income areas would lose their jobs, and hundreds of community health centers would be forced to close.

Our Senators have told us they are working hard to get reauthorization of the CHCF into the upcoming budget resolution. Tell them you support their efforts, and ask our Representatives to do the same.

Action:  Tell Members of Congress to Fund Community Health Centers

Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

Suggested Script

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY & ZIP]”

[SENATORS] “I'm calling to thank Senator [NAME] for working to reauthorize funding for the Community Health Centers Fund. Community health centers provide essential healthcare to millions of vulnerable Americans and need this money to stay open. Tell her that her constituents support all efforts to maintain and expand Americans’ healthcare while it is under attack by this Administration and its Republican backers.”

[REPRESENTATIVES] “I'm calling to urge Rep. [NAME] to push for immediate funding reauthorization for the Community Health Centers Fund. Community health centers provide essential healthcare to millions of vulnerable Americans and need this money to stay open. Tell [NAME] I support all efforts to maintain and expand Americans’ healthcare while it is under attack by this Administration and its Republican backers.”

Background

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/370983-sorry-congress-funding-chip-is-meaningless-without-fuon

Good News:

In the face of an avalanche of criticism from fish supporters, the EPA has reversed itself and is maintaining restrictions on the salmon-killing Pebble Mine project on Bristol Bay in. Alaska.

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/28/581403241/in-reversal-epa-suspends-alaska-mining-project-to-preserve-watershed-protections

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Tonight! Phone Bank for Voting Rights

Jamuary 31st  5 PM – 7 PM. 1402 3rd Ave, Suite 201, Seattle WA 98101

Washington Voting Justice will hold  a  phone bank to help pass Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)! For more information and to RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1975561392705116/