Monday, October 23, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Monday, October 23, 2017
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CONGRESS MUST DO ITS JOB
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#FundCHIP
#FundCHC
Republicans have spent 2017 trying to repeal the ACA and pass tax cuts for the wealthy instead of providing basic funding for vulnerable populations. Rather than playing politics, they must do their job.
Weeks after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands lack power and electricity and the death toll is rising. The current aid package is underfunded, and the territory’s bankruptcy makes it is problematic that most of the relief provided is as loans.
Community Health Centers (CHCs) and CHIP lost their funding September 30th. CHCs serve 27 million, while CHIP provides healthcare for 9 million children. Both programs have small amounts of leftover funding that will run out soon. 
There has been no action on CHCs, and CHIP funding is being held hostage: Greg Walden’s legislation proposes taking money from ACA to pay for CHIP.
How hypocritical that the GOP-passed budget cuts taxes for the wealthy and balloons the deficit, but Walden cannot find funds for hurricane victims and the sick. Society is judged by how it treats it’s most vulnerable. We must provide adequate hurricane relief and fully fund CHIP and CHCs. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
SAMPLE SCRIPT – for Senators.
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very worried about the lack of funding for CHIP and Community Health Centers as well as aid for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Society is judged by how we care for the vulnerable. Please pass clean legislation fully funding CHIP and Community Health Centers and provide a relief package for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that has adequate funding made up of grants. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT – All Reps but Walden
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very worried about the lack of funding for CHIP and Community Health Centers. Society is judged by how we care for the vulnerable. Please pass clean legislation fully funding CHIP and Community Health Centers. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT – for Walden.
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very worried about CHIP and Community Health Center funding. Your CHIP bill contains other healthcare cuts and puts final passage of CHIP funding at risk. Please stop playing games with healthcare and pass clean legislation fully funding CHIP and CHC. Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK FOR CHIP AND CHC TO BE FUNDED**
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“I am very concerned about CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. How can we abandon these vulnerable populations? What are your plans to get these programs funded without interruption in services?”
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

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