LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

OREA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - MARCH 24, 2017

Dear Leaders:

Update on HB 1767 that we alerted you to last week:  Evidently there was a lot of “back and forth” going on, but it was agreed that the bill will not be heard this session! Thank you to everyone that contacted your representatives to ask them to oppose this bill. Also, thank you to the Retired Educators of Beckham and Roger Mills Counties that sent a letter to the editor of The Elk City News expressing their concerns about  this bill!

We don’t often address federal issues in our legislative update, but I would like you to be aware of possible legislation/the American Health Care Act could greatly affect retirees.

From AARP:

Higher premiums. An “age tax” on older Americans. Opening the door for Medicare vouchers and benefit cuts. All to give special interests a billion dollar handout. This bill would be a disaster. AARP is doing everything we can to stop it – but we need your help.

Your U.S. Representatives need to hear from you and your members before this crucial vote. Please call 1-844-567-7800 today, and tell them to vote NO on this special interest health care bill!

Calling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill – and it takes just a minute. Here’s what to do:

  1. Dial 1-844-567-7800 and follow the prompts to be connected to your legislator’s office.
  2. Once you’re connected, tell the staff person that you’re a constituent who is counting on your Rep. to vote NO on the American Health Care Act, which would weaken Medicare and let insurance companies overcharge older Americans by thousands of dollars a year for their coverage.That’s all you need to say, but personal stories can make a big impact! If you feel comfortable, you can also tell them how having to pay thousands more for your health care would impact your and your family’s lives.
  3. Reports from Capitol Hill say that this will come down to the wire, and every single vote will count. That’s why it’s so important that your Representatives know that you’re counting on them to fight against skyrocketing health care prices – not making the problem worse by increasing costs and risks for older Americans.

So please, ask your members to call their Representatives today at 1-844-567-7800 and tell them to vote NO on the special interest health care bill – before it’s too late!

From the National Council on Ageing, link here:

https://www.ncoa.org/blog/hous...

From NEA-R:

The House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act makes drastic changes to Medicaid. It cuts the program by $880 billion and limits the money states receive, putting services at risk for 7 million low-income seniors. Email Congress now AND call 1-866-426-2631. 

Meanwhile, back in Oklahoma, the deadline to hear bills in the chamber of origin was yesterday. House committees on appropriations had meetings scheduled yesterday also. The process of working out the state budget must now begin in earnest. Both parties have strong opinions on their approach. To read the House Democrats plan for the budget click here: http://okdemocrats.org/release...

I believe there are some viable options there. Most importantly, ALL must come to the table prepared to have some productive discourse and devise a plan that restores some revenue streams and allows the state of Oklahoma to provide the essential services to our citizens. The Journal Record reported on Thursday that the proposed 14.5% cut to agencies would, “mean more than 1,000 layoffs and a severe drop in services.” Folks, that’s in addition to the cuts we have experienced over the last few years. In conversations with your legislators, please ask them to be willing to step across party lines and to find solutions to this budget issue.

Thanks for all that you do,

Sabra Tucker

Executive Director

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