Thursday, March 31, 2005

Texans Can Act for Justice Today

Actions to consider:

Since this session of the Texas Legislature began, limited progress has been made in restoring funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). At the same time, Medicaid is significantly underfunded.

Please call or fax your state senator and say,

"Please do all you can to restore the cuts made to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Support Senate Bill 59 offered by Senator Averritt which fully restores CHIP. More than 18,000 Dallas area children have lost CHIP coverage since the cuts took effect in September 2003. This is intolerable for Texas and its hard working families.

"Funding for Medicaid is critical since it covers more than 2 million Texas children and is the primary source of revenue for the state's children's hospitals. Legislation this session must reflect realistic child population growth and needs, using realistic growth estimates.

"Restore what was taken away by the 2003 cuts to provider rates for outpatient services and Graduate Medical Education (GME). Increase the Medicaid physician rates to encourage more doctors to participate as Medicaid providers.

"Thank you for including funds for CHIP dental and vision services in the current proposed state budget. Please take the next step and fully restore funds for CHIP and the children of Texas. Without your action today, the proposed state budget will reduce CHIP caseload to below current levels in 2006 and further shift the cost of healthcare to local communities already falling behind the health care needs across the state.

"Be prepared to join your fellow Senators on the Finance Committee who voted to place a 12-month eligibility policy for CHIP on the Senate's "wish list" for funding this year. Restore the 12-month eligibility process to CHIP making it more user friendly for parents. "

Never doubt it for a moment, your voice and action make a huge difference. Act today.

9 comments:

Greg said...

OK, it has been sent to Senator Eltife, District 1!

Larry James said...

Thanks, Greg! Fact action on behalf of the children of low-income Texas families. Now all we need are more to follow your lead! I hope everyone who does will post their action here.

Jeremy Gregg said...

Want to know who represents you in Texas? Go here...

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/fyi.htm

This site also provides the name and contact information for members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Board of Education and the U.S. Senators from Texas.

Jeremy Gregg said...

And while I'm at it, people living in Dallas can go here to find their local City Council rep:

http://www.dallascityhall.com/dallas/eng/html/dallas_city_council.html

Not sure what district you are in? Go here. . .

http://maps.dallascityhall.com/

Put in your address to find your councilman, police and fire information (including local division contacts), and some census data on your neighborhood. Once you put in your address, you might learn a lot by clicking on the general/social/economic/housing profiles in the bottom right.

ann said...

Well I guess Senator Eltife (I almost wrote Elftie... oh dear) got 2 emails about it today! I sent mine before I saw Greg's comment. Thanks for the head's up and the constant call to action, Larry.

courtney said...

Senator John Corona has also received an email. I sent Larry's message to my friends via email and requested their help as well.

courtney said...

Senator John Corona has also received a message. Everyone can spread the word by emailing friends with Larry's message and the link to the capitol web site.

Greg said...

I got a quick response .... Senator Eltife's office called to say that he is a co-sponsor of SB 59 and is, therefore, a strong supporter!

Anonymous said...

Called Chris Harris' office to encourage him to support the measure. Thanks for the call to action!