Rally for Health Care in Richmond – And Call Your Senator!

Last week, Virginia Senate Republicans were on the verge of working for the interests of Virginians by passing a budget which included Medicaid expansion, but instead, they put off the budget vote for another week. A majority of senators – that is all Democrats and just enough Republicans – have indicated that they would listen to their constituents and support Medicaid expansion. On Tuesday, the Senate will resume budget talks.

That’s why on Tuesday, May 29th people from all over Virginia will meet in Richmond to remind their senators that Virginians want and need Medicaid expansion. While they dawdle, thousands of hard-working Virginians continue to be unable to afford medical care.

The rally starts at 10:30, May 29th at The Pocahontas Building at 900 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.

Several organizations are coming together to organize this event. Please see links below for more information:
Facebook Event Page
Details on Indivisible

And even if you can’t make the rally, call your senator and urge him or her to support Medicaid Expansion in Virginia.

Your State Senators in Suffolk are:

T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason
(804) 698-7501
(757) 229-9310
email | more info

Thomas K. Norment Jr.
(804) 698-7503
(757) 259-7810
email | more info

John A. Cosgrove Jr.
(804) 698-7514
(757) 547-3422
email | more info

L. Louise Lucas
(804) 698-7518
(757) 397-8209
email | more info

Bobby Scott to hold Health Care Town Hall

From the office of Congressman Bobby Scott

June 30, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will hold a health care town hall in Suffolk, Virginia on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The town hall will provide an overview of the Congressional Budget Office announcement that 22 million more Americans would lose their insurance under the Senate Republican health care bill. This will be an opportunity to learn how the Republican leadership’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will affect Virginians and their families.

Health Care Town Hall

Monday, July 10, 2017

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

King’s Fork Middle School

350 Kings Fork Road

Suffolk, VA 23434

For more information about this town hall, please contact Congressman Scott’s Newport News District Office at (757) 380-1000.

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Don’t just sit there! Help Stop TrumpCare!

Do you have friends or family in states with Republican Senators (see list below)? Urge them to call their Senators and tell them we don’t want Trumpcare!

But Wait! There’s More!

Here in Virginia, we can do our part as well. Democratic Senators can use the amendment process to slow the progress of Trumpcare so more citizens can realize what a disaster it is and rally against it. According to our friends at Indivisible,

“By introducing tens of thousands of amendments, Democrats can slow down the process enough to draw necessary attention to Senate Republicans’ secret process and the disastrous impacts of their TrumpCare bill.”

We can submit amendments to our Senators so they can introduce these amendments to the Senate floor. Indivisible has a tool for you to use to submit your amendment at www.ouramendments.org

As for your friends and family with Republican Senators …

The following Senators are the most on the fence (listed in priority order), and they need calls NOW from people in their state:

Heller (Nevada): 202-224-6244
Collins (Maine): (202)224-2523
Capito (West Virginia): 202-224-6472
Cassidy (Louisiana): (202) 224-5824
Flake (Arizona): 202-224-4521
Gardner (Colorado): (202) 224-5941
Portman (Ohio): 202-224-3353

Here’s a full list of Republican Senators. Do you know people in these states? If so, urge them to call against Trumpcare!

Alabama – Strange, Luther – (202) 224-4124
Alabama – Shelby, Richard C. – (202) 224-5744
Alaska – Sullivan, Dan – (202) 224-3004
Alaska – Murkowski, Lisa – (202) 224-6665
Arizona – McCain, John – (202) 224-2235
Arizona – Flake, Jeff – (202) 224-4521
Arkansas – Cotton, Tom – (202) 224-2353
Arkansas – Boozman, John – (202) 224-4843
Colorado – Gardner, Cory – (202) 224-5941
Florida – Rubio, Marco – (202) 224-3041
Georgia – Perdue, David – (202) 224-3521
Georgia – Isakson, Johnny – (202) 224-3643
Idaho – Risch, James E. – (202) 224-2752
Idaho – Crapo, Mike – (202) 224-6142
Indiana – Young, Todd – (202) 224-5623
Iowa – Ernst, Joni – (202) 224-3254
Iowa – Grassley, Chuck – (202) 224-3744
Kansas – Roberts, Pat – (202) 224-4774
Kansas – Moran, Jerry – (202) 224-6521
Kentucky – McConnell, Mitch – (202) 224-2541
Kentucky – Paul, Rand – (202) 224-4343
Louisiana – Kennedy, John – (202) 224-4623
Louisiana – Cassidy, Bill – (202) 224-5824
Maine – Collins, Susan M. – (202) 224-2523
Mississippi – Cochran, Thad – (202) 224-5054
Mississippi – Wicker, Roger F. – (202) 224-6253
Missouri – Blunt, Roy – (202) 224-5721
Montana – Daines, Steve – (202) 224-2651
Nebraska – Sasse, Ben – (202) 224-4224
Nebraska – Fischer, Deb – (202) 224-6551
Nevada – Heller, Dean – (202) 224-6244
North Carolina – Burr, Richard – (202) 224-3154
North Carolina – Tillis, Thom – (202) 224-6342
North Dakota – Hoeven, John – (202) 224-2551
Ohio – Portman, Rob – (202) 224-3353
Oklahoma – Inhofe, James M. – (202) 224-4721
Oklahoma – Lankford, James – (202) 224-5754
Pennsylvania – Toomey, Patrick J. – (202) 224-4254
South Carolina – Graham, Lindsey – (202) 224-5972
South Carolina – Scott, Tim – (202) 224-6121
South Dakota – Thune, John – (202) 224-2321
South Dakota – Rounds, Mike – (202) 224-5842
Tennessee – Corker, Bob – (202) 224-3344
Tennessee – Alexander, Lamar – (202) 224-4944
Texas – Cornyn, John – (202) 224-2934
Texas – Cruz, Ted – (202) 224-5922
Utah – Hatch, Orrin G. – (202) 224-5251
Utah – Lee, Mike – (202) 224-5444
West Virginia – Capito, Shelley Moore – (202) 224-6472
Wisconsin – Johnson, Ron – (202) 224-5323
Wyoming – Enzi, Michael B. – (202) 224-3424
Wyoming – Barrasso, John – (202) 224-6441

Now is the time for action. Let’s do this!

Health Weekend in Emporia – Health Exams, Free Eyeglasses, Eye Exams, and Free Dental Care

Health Insurance Navigator Claressa Strawn wants to let us know about a health care event this weekend at Greensville County High School in Emporia:

  • Anyone can come….yes, anyONE; No Age Requirement, No ID needed, No Money Needed and No Application to fill
  • It’s perfect for Seniors who have Medicaid and wear glasses. It’s my understanding that Medicaid doesn’t pay for glasses only prescriptions
  • It’s great for children of ALL ages because of the awesome eyeglasses donated by a retired eyedoctor, Dr. Tillar’s Emporia’s office, and MORE
  • Picking up your glasses on the SAME DAY? WHAT A WOW! – glasses are made on the spot for most; except those with high prescriptions. High Prescriptions glasses can be picked up on August 2nd at the local library from 1 -7p.
  • It’s perfect for SPORTS PHYSICALS – IT’S FREE and we have designated people to help!
  • Need your teeth cleaned, pulled or a cavity filled? NOW is the time – IT’S FREE!
  • Diabetes and Cholestoral Testing and RESULTS are made on the spot
  • We will have a CHAPEL for prayer: impacting mind, body and soul
  • Medical Team (33): 15 Physicians, 7 Nurse Practioners and 11 Medical Students/Asistants
  • Vision Team (31): 1 Opthalmologist, 6 Optometrist, 6 Opticians, 10 Vision Techs and 8 Vision Students
  • Dental Team (45): 12 license dentists, 10 Patient Ready Students with Faculty as overseers, 3 Dental Hygienist, and 21 Dental Assist
  • Triage will go fast because we have 68 Registered Nurses
  • Educational Workshops: Opiod Overdose, Mental Health First Aid, Health Care Basic and Questions (partnered with Bureau of Insurance and an attorney), Nutritional Classes based on blood level, Biblical Nutrition, Kidney, CPR Training, Azheima, Diabetes, GAP, and MORE
Greensville County High School
Saturday, June 24th (full day) & Sunday, June 25th (half a day)

The Affordable Care Act Faces a Critical Repeal Vote this Thursday, March 23

Below, is a call to action from Indivisible. As you read it, remember that in Suffolk our members of Congress have vowed to support the Affordable Care Act and to fight Republican efforts to repeal it with a bill that will take health care away from thousands of Virginians. So show up or call and thank them for their support.

Suffolk is represented in in Congress by Bobby Scott and Don McEachin.

From Indivisible:

This week is one of a handful this year that will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This THURSDAY, exactly seven years after the ACA became law, the House of Representatives will be voting to repeal it and replace it with TrumpCare—a plan that, if passed, will lead to at least 24 million Americans losing their health care.

Republicans are rushing to pass TrumpCare before the upcoming April recess, ignoring the normal legislative process, because they don’t want to face you, their constituents. They are attempting to ram through a TrumpCare bill that will cut coverage for millions and raise premiums for millions more. Their proposal simultaneously guts Medicaid and gives a $600 billion tax break to the wealthy and corporations. We can’t let them get away with this—millions of lives hang in the balance.

You and your Indivisible group can stop this. The House vote this coming week is the first step towards enactment of this devastating TrumpCare bill. Your Member of Congress (MoC) needs to know that you oppose it. Here’s how:

Key tactics for applying your constituent power this week:

  • Show up. Show up at your MoC’s District Office with your group to demand that your MoC vote against TrumpCare. Bring affected individuals to these meetings and use personal stories as much as possible. Your stories are powerful—stories change minds and alter what is politically possible. Your story should answer this question: How will you or your family be affected by TrumpCare?
  • Create a public demonstration. Hold a vigil outside your MoC’s office. Invite the media. Their vote in favor of this bill would mean the difference between life or death for thousands each year. You need to demonstrate your resolve. If your member has already committed to vote no, show up and thank them. In a big way.
  • Make your calls to your Representative. Start with this script and tell your Representative that a vote to take away health care from 24 million people is a vote you’ll be watching. Spread the word on social media using #ProtectOurCare and tell your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to call their Representatives.
  • Get others involved. This vote is too important for people to sit on the sidelines. Time to get someone else involved—empower a friend, family member, neighbor, or colleague. Create social media events, tag a friend on Facebook, or just tell someone else why you get involved.
  • Get creative. You’re leading this movement—it’s your constituent power, so use it how you see fit. We’ve seen some local Indivisible groups create scrapbooks of local constituents who would be affected by TrumpCare. Others have brought their children who stand to lose coverage to the MoC’s district office. Your goal is to make clear to your Senators and Representatives—and any local media who will listen—what TrumpCare means for you and your family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Plan a Friday district office visit to hold your MoCs accountable. The House vote is expected Thursday. No matter how your MoC votes, you should provide IMMEDIATE feedback (positive or negative) by making a visit to their district office on Friday with your Indivisible group. Your MoCs will have to take more votes in the future on TrumpCare to pass the final bill. They’ll be holding their breath and watching carefully after this vote, hoping that the outrage dies down. By providing immediate feedback today, you’ll change their political calculus tomorrow.

Need more ACA info?

  • Wondering how TrumpCare will affect people in your state? Our friends at the Center for American Progress have an interactive map showing TrumpCare’s impact around the country. Check it out here: TrumpCare by the Numbers.
  • Want to get wonky? Republicans are trying to push TrumpCare through with a process called “reconciliation” that allows them to pass the bill without the usual 60 votes in the Senate needed to pass legislation. Read up on this tricky bit of congressional procedure with our new explainer: Legislative Process 101—Budget Reconciliation.
  • Just want all of the the Indivisible Project’s ACA materials in one place? Absolutely—here’s our resource page: Save the ACA.

You have a chance to stop this legislation by getting involved on your home turf now. If enough members stand up and say NO, Republican leaders will be forced to pull the bill from their weekly schedule—which would be a devastating defeat for Trump. If TrumpCare does pass the House, the fight’s not over. In that scenario, TrumpCare will soon move to the Senate—and then the fight will shift to your Senators.