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Despite our best efforts, the Senate passed their version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But don’t fret; the fight is not over yet. The House can still reconcile the differences between the two bills within conference. Advocates are urging representatives to not move forward with the Senate version because:  

  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate will significantly increase premiums and 13 million fewer people will have insurance.
  • Increasing the deficit by over $1 trillion sets the stage for slashing Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other vital programs disabled people rely on.
  • By triggering the “Pay-As-You-Go” (PAYGO) Budget Rule, this bill will automatically force billions in cuts – and in some cases, total elimination – to essential programs including Medicare and Vocational Rehabilitation basic State grants. 

We’re anticipating a vote within days if not hours; we need your help and advocacy! Below you will find a list of Representatives that have been identified as high priority. Please ask your friends and family in other states to contact their Representatives.

Representatives Labeled as High Priority:

California:

Tom McClintock 
DC: (202) 225-2511 
Roseville: (916) 786-5560

Jeff Denham 
DC: (202) 225-4540 
Modesto: (209) 579-5458

David Valadao 
DC: (202) 225-4695 
Hanford: (559) 582-5526
Bakersfield: (661) 864-7736

Steve Knight 
DC: (202) 225-1956 
Antelope Valley: (661) 441-0320 
Santa Clarita Valley; (661) 255-5630 
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Ed Royce 
DC: (202) 225-4111 
Orange County: (714) 255-0101 
LA County: (626) 964-5123 
San Bernardino County: (909) 420-0010

Mimi Walters 
DC: (202) 225-5611 
Irvine: (956) 263-8703

Dana Rohrabacher 
DC: (202) 225-2415 
Huntington Beach: (714) 960-6483

Darrell Issa 
DC: (202) 225-3906 
Vista: (760) 599-5000
Dana Point: (949) 281-2449

Colorado:

Mike Coffman 
DC: (202) 225-7882 
Aurora: (720) 748-7514 

Florida:

Carlos Curbelo 
DC: (202) 225-2778 
Miami: (305) 222-0160

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 
DC: (202) 225-3931 
Miami: (305) 668-2285

Iowa:

Rod Blum 
DC: (202) 225-2911 
Cedar Rapids: (319) 364-2288 
Dubuque: (563) 557-7789 

North Carolina:

Walter Jones 
DC: (202) 225-3415 
Greenville: (252) 931-1003 
Havelock: (252) 931-1003 
Jacksonville: (252) 565-6846

New Jersey:

Frank LoBiondo 
DC: (202) 225-6572 
Mays Landing: (609) 625-5008

Chris Smith 
DC: (202) 225-3765 
Freehold: (732) 780-3035 
Plumsted: (609) 286-2571 
Hamilton: (609) 585-7878

Leonard Lance 
DC: (202) 225-5361 
Flemington: (908) 788-6900 
Westfield: (908) 518-7733

Rodney Frelinghuysen 
DC: (202) 225-5034 
Morristown: (973) 984-0711

New York:

Lee Zeldin 
DC: (202) 225-3826 
Patchogue: (202) 225-3826

Peter King 
DC: (202) 225-7896 
Massapequa Park: (516) 541-4225

Dan Donovan 
DC: (202) 225-3371 
Brooklyn: 718-630-5277 
Staten Island: 718-351-1062

John Faso 
DC: (202) 225-5614 
Delhi: (607) 746-9537 
Kinderhook: (518) 610-8133 
Kingston: (845) 514-2322

Elise Stefanik 
DC: (202) 225-4611 
Glens Falls: (518) 743-0964 
Plattsburgh: (518) 561-2324 
Watertown: (315) 782-3150

Claudia Tenney 
DC: (202) 225-3665 
Binghamton: (607) 723-3581 
New Hartford: (315) 732-0713

John Katko 
DC: (202) 225-3701 
Auburn: (315) 253-4068 
Lyons: (315) 253-4068 
Oswego: (315) 423-5657 
Syracuse (315) 423-5657

Ohio:

Michael Turner 
DC: (202) 225-6465 
Dayton: (937) 225-2843

David Joyce 
DC: (202) 225-5731
Painesville: (440) 352-3939 
Twinsburg: (330) 357-4139

Pennsylvania:

Ryan Costello 
DC: (202) 225-4315 
West Chester: (610) 696-2982 
Wyomissing: (610) 376-7630

Brian Fitzpatrick 
DC: (202) 225-4276 
Langhorne: (215) 579-8102

Charlie Dent 
DC: (202) 225-6411 
Lehigh Valley: (610) 770-3490 
Berks: (610) 562-4281 
Dauphin: (717) 533-3959 
Lebanon: (717) 867-1026 

Texas:

Will Hurd
DC: (202) 225-4511 
Del Rio: (830) 422-2040 
Eagle Pass: (210) 784-5023 
Fort Stockton: (210) 245-1548 
San Antonio North: (210) 921-3130 
San Antonio South: (210) 784-5023 
Socorro: (915) 235-6421

Virginia:

Barbara Comstock 
DC: (202) 225-5136 
Loudon County: (703) 404-6903 
Shenandoah Valley: (540) 773-3600 

Washington:

Jaime Herrera Buetler 
DC: (202) 225-3536 
Vancouver: (360) 695-6292

Dave Reichert 
DC: (202) 225-7761 
Issaquah: (425) 677-7414 or (877) 920-9208 
Wenatchee: (509)885-6615

SAVE THE ADA!

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The so called Education and Reform Act HR 620 proposes to give business owners even more time to make accommodations, and would require persons with disabilities to file a complaint and then wait six months to see if the problem got fixed.

Wait. What? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  has been around since 1990. Do you think 27 years is enough time for any business to get accessible and for business owners to learn about the law? 27 Years!

If you think this new proposal HR 620 is unfair we ask you to contact your congressperson. Let them know
that you are tired of waiting for access, and that you want MORE access, not less! We are asking you to be vigilant! The ADA and other laws are under attack and we need to defend our rights.

Contact your Congressperson let them know you won't let them take access away !

Lift the Cap on Kids

Ask your State Legislators to urge the Leadership to advance
bills H.85 and S. 34 to

Lift the Cap on Kids

The Cap on Kids – also called the Family Cap – denies welfare benefits to children conceived while – or soon after – the family received benefits.

  • Massachusetts denies benefits to about 8,900 children because of the Cap on Kids.
  • Massachusetts is one of only 17 states that still have a Cap on Kids or similar policy.
  • We can afford to lift the Cap on Kids. Lifting the Cap on Kids would cost about $11.9 million in FY 18, less than half of the “savings” from the drop in the TAFDC caseload.

More information here

To find out who is your legislator visit the Massachusetts Secretary of State website

Non Medical Switching

Many individuals with disabilities are forced to change the medication their doctor prescribed and that is working well for them when an insurance company or plan decides that it is now too costly to cover. The insurance company will end the coverage for that medication and force the individual, without their doctor's input, to switch to another medication, putting their health at risk.

These coverage changes take place during the plan year, long after open enrollment. Non Medical Switching locks consumers into a plan that may no longer meet their needs.

After advocates asked state legislators to address this issue, the Medication Switching Commission was created to examine the issue and report back to the MA state legislature.  This survey data will be used to inform the Commission and legislators about the impact of Non Medical Switching.

Please help - If you've been a victim of non-medical switching, share your experience by taking this survey developed Global Healthy Living:      https://www.research.net/r/STF7DTL