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Act Now! Support health care for all!

actnowlogo-1We are encouraging readers to call their local reps to support health care for all. We think it’s important to work to not only put pressure on elected officials, but to help spread the word and to help change public perception about the issue. If you have a family member or friend on the fence, please give an extra hour this week to take them out to coffee or on the phone to explain why health care for all is important.

Support the 10 principles put together by Health Care For America Now!

–  A truly inclusive and accessible health care system in which no one is left out.
– A choice of a private insurance plan, including keeping the insurance you have if you like it, or a public health insurance plan that guarantees affordable coverage without a private insurer middleman.
– A standard for health benefits that covers what people need to keep healthy and to be treated when they are ill. Health care benefits should cover all necessary care including preventative services and treatment needed by those with serious and chronic diseases and conditions.
– Health care coverage with out-of-pocket costs including premiums, co-pays, and deductibles that are based on a family’s ability to pay for health care and without limits on payments for covered services.
– Equity in health care access, treatment, research and resources to people and communities of color, resulting in the elimination of racial disparities in health outcomes and real improvement in health and life expectancy for all.
– Health coverage through the largest possible pools in order to achieve affordable, quality coverage for the entire population and to share risk fairly.
– A watchdog role on all plans, to assure that risk is fairly spread among all health care payers and that insurers do not turn people away, raise rates, or drop coverage based on a person’s health history or wrongly delay or deny care.
– A choice of doctors, health providers, and private and public health insurance plans, without gaps in coverage or access and a delivery system that meets the needs of at-risk populations.
– Affordable and predictable health costs to businesses and employers. To the extent that employers contribute to the cost of health coverage, those payments should be related to employee wages rather than on a per-employee basis.
– Effective cost controls that promote quality, lower administrative costs, and long term financial sustainability, including: standard claims forms, secure electronic medical records, using the public’s purchasing power to instill greater reliance on evidence-based protocols and lower drug and device prices, better management and treatment of chronic diseases, and a public role in deciding where money is invested in health care.

Call Oregon Senators

Ron Wyden, 503-326-7525, Jeff Merkley, 503-226-3386

Representatives Earl Blumenauer, 503.231.2300, David Wu, 503-326-2901 and
Peter DeFazio, 541-465-6732.

To e-mail go to Health Care for America Now! and send a letter to local officials.

Support health care for Oregonians! Support health care for America now!

actnowlogoSupport the 10 principles put together by Health Care For America Now!

–  A truly inclusive and accessible health care system in which no one is left out.
– A choice of a private insurance plan, including keeping the insurance you have if you like it, or a public health insurance plan that guarantees affordable coverage without a private insurer middleman.
– A standard for health benefits that covers what people need to keep healthy and to be treated when they are ill. Health care benefits should cover all necessary care including preventative services and treatment needed by those with serious and chronic diseases and conditions.
– Health care coverage with out-of-pocket costs including premiums, co-pays, and deductibles that are based on a family’s ability to pay for health care and without limits on payments for covered services.
– Equity in health care access, treatment, research and resources to people and communities of color, resulting in the elimination of racial disparities in health outcomes and real improvement in health and life expectancy for all.
– Health coverage through the largest possible pools in order to achieve affordable, quality coverage for the entire population and to share risk fairly.
– A watchdog role on all plans, to assure that risk is fairly spread among all health care payers and that insurers do not turn people away, raise rates, or drop coverage based on a person’s health history or wrongly delay or deny care.
– A choice of doctors, health providers, and private and public health insurance plans, without gaps in coverage or access and a delivery system that meets the needs of at-risk populations.
– Affordable and predictable health costs to businesses and employers. To the extent that employers contribute to the cost of health coverage, those payments should be related to employee wages rather than on a per-employee basis.
– Effective cost controls that promote quality, lower administrative costs, and long term financial sustainability, including: standard claims forms, secure electronic medical records, using the public’s purchasing power to instill greater reliance on evidence-based protocols and lower drug and device prices, better management and treatment of chronic diseases, and a public role in deciding where money is invested in health care.

Call Oregon Senators

Ron Wyden, 503-326-7525, Jeff Merkley, 503-226-3386

Representatives Earl Blumenauer, 503.231.2300, David Wu, 503-326-2901 and
Peter DeFazio, 541-465-6732.

To e-mail go to Health Care for America Now! and send a letter to local officials.

Act Now! Important housing measures hang in the balance in State Legislature

monopolycrop30Several measures before Oregon lawmakers have the potential to fortify the state’s housing stock and preserve units for lower income, elderly and disabled Oregonians. Keep your eyes peeled on the following:

SB 5535 – Issue lottery-backed bonds to fund housing programs that preserve existing subsidized rental housing and manufactured home parks. $19.4 million in lottery-backed bonds is needed in 2009-2011 to keep vulnerable Oregonians in their homes.

SB 199 – Increase the cap on the Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit. This is unique tax credit leverages private dollars to fund affordable housing development and acquisition, including manufactured home parks. This will have little to no fiscal impact in 2009-2011, but will allow planning for future development.

How will these resources be used?

Oregon laws spells out how these resources will be used: to meet housing needs of low and very low-income Oregonians in both rural and urban areas. Oregon Housing and Community Services has effective programs in place that maximize the impact of state dollars and support community efforts to meet priority housing needs.

Shortages of affordable housing and homelessness affect all areas of Oregon. These resources will fund locally based strategies for housing Oregonians.

What you can do:

Call your local state Representatives and Senators asking to support Senate Bill 5535 and 199 to help secure affordable housing for all Oregonians. Also ask your representatives to support allocating general fund dollars to meet the affordable housing needs of Oregonians.

Write a letter to your local state representative or call the legislative line Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM at 1-503-986-1000 and ask for your local legislative office.

Act Now! Put your voice behind sustainable affordable housing funds

monopolycrop30A document recording fee for affordable housing is currently making it’s way through the Oregon legislative process. The new law would raise the nominal fee for recording documents in deed and mortgage records of county to generate funds affordable housing. This would be a breakthrough for local communities, including Portland, to have a much needed, dedicated revenue stream for housing low-income individuals and families, at a time when other funds are disappearing, and affordable housing is increasingly needed.

Now it’s time to pick up the phone and remind your representatives in Salem that we want them to support HB 2436. Here’s who you should call or write:

Transportation and Economic Development Subcommittee
Sen. Betsy Johnson, Vice-Chair, District 16
Contact: 503-986-1716 sen.betsyjohnson@state.or.us
Rep. David Edwards, Co-Chair, District 30
Contact: 503-986-1430 rep.davidedwards@state.or.us
Sen. Rod Monroe, District 24
Contact: 503-986-1724 sen.rodmonroe@state.or.us
Sen. Bruce Starr, District 15
Contact: 503-986-1715 sen.brucestarr@state.or.us
Rep. E. Terry Beyer, District 12
Contact: 503-986-1412 or 541-726-2533 rep.terrybeyer@state.or.us
Rep. George Gilman, District 55
Contact: 503-986-1455 rep.georgegilman@state.or.us
Rep. John E Huffman, District 59
Contact: 503-986-1459 rep.johnhuffman@state.or.us
Rep. Mike Schaufler, District 58
Contact: 503-986-1448 rep.mikeschaufler@state.or.us
Rep. Brad Witt, District 31
Contact: 503-986-1431 rep.bradwitt@state.or.us

Senate Finance and Revenue Committee

Sen. Ginny Burdick, Chair, District 18
Contact: 503-986-1718 sen.ginnyburdick@state.or.us
Sen. Frank Morse, Vice-Chair, District 8
Contact: 503-986-1708 sen.frankmorse@state.or.us
Sen. Mark Hass, District 14
Contact: 503-986-1714 or 503-641-2742 sen.markhass@state.or.us
Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, District 21
Contact: 503-986-1721 or 503-231-9970 sen.dianerosenbaum@state.or.us
Sen. Chris Telfer, District 27
Contact: 503-986-1727 sen.christelfer@state.or.us

Act Now!

At issue: Community Engagement

Organize to address the economic crisis

Jobs with Justice and a growing number of other organizations, including Street Roots, invite you to a town hall meeting on the economic crisis.

The meeting will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave.

We have a great opportunity to organize for an economy that provides opportunity for working and poor people, an economy that helps communities thrive and reverses decades of growing inequality, union busting, unfair trade agreements, cuts in health care and the oppression of the poor.

In these extraordinary times, it is so important that we be proactive and learn, strategize and organize together! The event will feature panelists with experience and expertise on the economic collapse and ways to organize for solutions.

Restoring Oregon’s General Assistance Program

General assistance would provide a temporary monthly cash grant to childless individuals with disabilities to cover basic necessities while they apply for federal SSI/SSDI benefits.
Oregon currently has no safety net for vulnerable people with disabilities as they pursue federal benefits. Since the General Assistance was cut from the state budget during the last recession, thousands of individuals have been left (literally) in the cold with no means to cover their basic needs.

The average application time for federal benefits is one to three years. Without assistance during this time, many individuals end up in emergency rooms, jails and shelters, likely costing more than what taxpayers would pay for the General Assistance.

Take Action: Join the Oregon Food Bank in restoring Oregon’s General Assistance Program. Or print out the following doc and fax it to the Oregon Food Bank at 503.282.0922. gacoalitionsign-onpdf1