Monday, April 23 - Protect IL Healthcare / Rally for an Elected School Board / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Call On Your State Rep to Protect Healthcare in Illinois

We are uniting with Protect Our Care Illinois to urge the General Assembly to pass the Short-Term, Limited Duration Health Insurance Coverage Act, HB 1337 HA1 to protect consumers from these unregulated health plans that don’t meet ACA standards.

Short-term plans are junk coverage that leaves those who get sick with big bills. This bill protects consumers from short-term health plans by:

  • Requiring that any short-term plan sold in Illinois be limited to 90 days of coverage and prevent the plan from being renewed within a one-year period;
  • Requiring the application, sales, and marketing materials for short-term plans to include clear disclosures, such as: “WARNING! This plan may not cover all of the health care you need and may leave you with very high medical bills.
  • Preventing insurance issuers of short-term plans from discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions by refusing to sell coverage or canceling coverage when someone needs care

Short-term health plans are the Wild West of insurance in Illinois: between their lack of regulation and questionable marketing practices, they put Illinoisans at long-term risk for poor health and massive debt.

If Illinois lawmakers do not pass a bill to regulate these plans, pending federal regulations could result in an expansion of short-term plans, which puts access to high-quality, affordable health insurance at risk for millions. Call on your rep to pass HB 1337 HA1 today.

Find your state Representative. (It's easiest to find your rep's info and appropriate script in Amplify. Download and start using it)

Script: Hello, my name is ____ and I’m calling from [zip code] with Indivisible. I’m a person concerned about healthcare in Illinois. HB1337 HA1 will protect consumers from unregulated short-term, limited duration health plans that put Illinoisans at long-term risk for poor health and massive debt. I demand that you VOTE YES on the “Short-term Limited Duration Insurance Coverage Act.”

Action and script from POCIL.

 

Action 2: Rally for an Elected School Board on 4/28

On Sunday, April 28, folks from across the city are descending on Sen. President John Cullerton's block to send him a message: pass the elected school board bill now. He continues to be the main stumbling block to getting the bill on the governor's desk.

When: Sunday, April 28 from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Ravenswood Manor Park, right across from the Francisco Brown Line Stop (4626 N. Manor)

RSVP on Facebook

This will be a short rally in the park, then a quick march to his house and back.

 

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss and Dan Nelson release a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

This week, it’s a very special episode as Tom Moss welcomes Olivia Countryman, host of the Indivisible Denton TX podcast Dressed for the Protest. Tom and Olivia compare notes about podcasting, community, and the local political scene.

Give it a listen here, and subscribe via iTunes to follow along with new episodes.

Daily Actions Editor