Tuesday Actions: Muslim Ban and Medical Costs

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****Actions 3/10/2020****

FEDERAL

Tell your Rep. to End Surprise Medical Bills
[From Indivisible, House only] Every day, over 10,000 families in the United States receive a surprise medical bill. These bills happen when a person is charged for care from an out-of-network provider through no fault of their own. They are especially common in emergency settings; one-in-five emergency department visits and nearly 70% of air ambulance transports result in a surprise bill. You can learn more from the No Surprises Campaign here.

Surprise bills can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars – a devastating amount for most people. Congress needs to act to protect patients, and in the process hold down health care costs for families and the health system overall. The best way to do this is through “benchmarking,” which is the practice of paying providers the average amount they would ordinarily earn for providing a service in-network. Call your Representative and tell them to end surprise medical bills for health services, including air ambulances, by using benchmarking!

Details:
https://act.indivisible.org/call/end-surprise-bills/?source=email20200224link1&utm_source=email&utm_medium=link1&t=10&akid=57571.81592.YeX-fe

Script:
Hi, my name is _____________ and I am from zip code ___________. I’m calling to ask Rep. __________  to support legislation that will end surprise medical bills using benchmarking for all services, including air ambulances. The bipartisan compromise legislation that has already passed in the Senate HELP Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee is a great model for Congress to follow in protecting families from the financial devastation that can result from a surprise bill. Can I count on Rep. ___________ to support ending this crisis as soon as possible?

Contact Information:
House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/


Tell Congress No Muslim Ban
The NO BAN Act is going to be voted on Thursday, 3/12 . But something has come up that might derail everything we’ve been fighting for—harmful amendments that could weaken the entire bill, and could well sabotage this effort altogether.

We need to act—call Congress now. Condemn the expansion of Trump’s Muslim ban and demand full support for the NO BAN Act immediately—as is, with no weakening amendments or poison pills.

Details:
https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/

Script:
Hi, my name is _____________ and I am from zip code ___________. I’m calling to ask Rep./Sen.  __________  to support a clean version of the NO BAN Act with no amendments or alterations. We need to do everything we can to stop the Trump administration from expanding the Muslim ban. Thank you.

Federal Contact Numbers:
Thom Tillis: DC: (202) 224-6342
Richard Burr DC: (202) 224-3154
Tim Scott (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-6121
Lindsey Graham (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-5972
House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/


EVENTS

Tuesdays with Tillis
This week’s Tuesdays with Tillis will be focused on ending family separation. Physicians for Human Rights has declared that family separation is a form of torture, and yet it continues here in North Carolina, throughout the United States, and at our borders, because of the racist and cruel policies of the Trump Administration. Separation happens to families in many ways, including deportation, detention, the virtual disappearance of legal immigrants, the dismantling of our asylum system, and at camps on the Southern border. With ICE raids increasing in North Carolina, we’re demanding an end to the Trump Administration’s cruelty to migrants and undocumented people. We hope to involve many organizations so that this can be a huge and well-publicized reminder to our communities that this Administration’s cruelty to migrants and undocumented people is something we will not tolerate. The event runs from 11:30 to 12:30 at Tillis’s Raleigh office on New Bern Avenue.

Details: https://tuesdayswithtillis.org/event/stop-family-separation/
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/636747660211712/


Originally posted on Indivisible Daily Call to Action.
Re-posted with permission.


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