MONDAY 6/19/2017

FEDERAL:

Health care (We can't let up!):

The secretive efforts to craft a new tax cut, ahem, healthcare bill continue unabated. Under the House bill, at least half a million North Carolina residents would see higher healthcare costs, putting them at risk of losing their health insurance. No matter, what the Senate has shown a complete willingness to craft a bill in secrecy, one that is going to be harmful to millions of their constituents. You might also want to remind our Senators that only 30% of North Carolina voters support the AHCA. They need to know that we are still paying attention, and that they will not get reelected if they keep trying to pull the wool over on us.

SCRIPT:
Hello, I am a constituent from ______________ calling to urge Sen. ______________ to commit to greater transparency for the healthcare bill being crafted by the Senate. There have been no hearings about the bill and no public statements about what is in it. When the Affordable Care Act was passed, there were 47 public hearings and voters had the opportunity to review the bill for weeks before it was passed.
I am concerned because reports about the current bill suggest that it will make healthcare more expensive. Also, any bill that does away with Medicaid expansion [or protections for pre-existing conditions, etc.] is completely unacceptable. Thank you for taking my call.

Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125
Email: https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email
NC Health Staffer:
Angela Wiles: 202-224-3154 angela.wiles@burr.senate.gov

Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685
Email: https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me
NC Health Staffer:
Joe Nolan: 202-224-6342 joe.nolan@tillis.senate.gov

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State:

NC Budget: Protect Health Care

In response to the specter of Congress gutting health care as we know it, a group of North Carolina State Senators are urging the conference committee drafting the final state budget to include provisions that would protect some of the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act, most notably protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and coverage for children up to age 26. These Senators correctly argue that is the duty of the legislature to protect the health and wellbeing of the citizens of North Carolina despite the devastating decisions coming out of Washington. Please let your representatives and members of the conference committee know. The committee is creating the budget, but the entire General Assembly will have to approve it.

Script:
Hello, I am ___________, a constituent from _______________.  I would like Senator/Representative _____________ to encourage them to support funding the healthcare needs of North Carolina citizens by maintaining many of the provisions of the ACA. In particular, the state budget should include protections for people with preexisting conditions and coverage for children up to the age of 26. Thank you for taking my call.

NC House contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=House&viewType=normal

NC Senate Contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=Senate&viewType=normal

Find Your Rep:
http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

Oppose Concealed Carry without Permit (HB 746):

The dangerous gun bill that would allow people to concealed carry without obtaining a permit has now passed the House and is in the rules committee of the Senate. We can let our senators know that they should oppose this bill.

Script:

Hello, I am ___________, a constituent from _______________.  I would like Sen. _____________ to oppose HB 746, the bill that would remove the permitting requirement for concealed carry permits. We need to make sure that people who are carrying concealed weapons are qualified and well trained, and the permitting system is an important protection [add personal narrative here, if possible]. Thank you for your time.  

NC Senate Contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=Senate&viewType=normal