Tuesday, January 8 - Tell Senate to Vote to Reopen Government / Public Comment on Abortion Coverage / Operation Activation
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell Senators to vote against any motion to proceed until there’s a vote to reopen the government
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-350
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Action 2: DEADLINE TODAY - Leave a public comment against a rule change that would endanger abortion coverage for 3 million women
Action 3: Participate in Operation Activation from Women’s March Chicago on Saturday, January 19
Action 1: Tell Senators to Insist on a Vote to Reopen the Government
This ridiculous shutdown has gone on too long and cost this country far too much. Mitch McConnell can help reopen the government at any time by bringing the bill that the House passed last week to a vote in the Senate. The Senate itself passed a similar bill right before the shutdown, so there’s no reason why McConnell would hold back on another vote--except that he is scared of Donald Trump.
Senators Durbin and Duckworth can do their part in forcing a vote to end the shutdown by making sure that the Senate doesn’t take up any other business while 800,000 government workers are not getting paid. Tell them to vote against the motion to proceed on S. 1. until the bipartisan bills passed by the House to reopen the government are voted on by the Senate.
Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-350
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask [Senator] to vote against the motion to proceed on S.1. No business should be considered until the Senate votes on the bipartisan bills passed by the House to reopen the government. Thanks.
Action 2: DEADLINE TODAY - Public Comment Against Abortion Coverage Change
On November 7, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule on exchange program integrity. The proposed rule is largely technical in nature, but proposes significant changes to the way that insurers and consumers must offer and pay for abortion services in qualified health plans (QHPs) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Ostensibly intended to protect the intent of the Hyde Amendment and keep public money from funding abortions, instead this rule creates significant administrative burdens for insurers and consumers when accessing coverage for abortion services. The rule reverses prior guidance on how the health insurance exchanges intersect with the Hyde Amendment.
The rule requires that insurance companies bill separate premiums for health plans with abortion coverage: one bill for the comprehensive coverage and one for the abortion service coverage (regardless of the actual apportioned cost and regardless of whether the insured has ever had an abortion or sought coverage for one). Consumers must not only pay the bills separately, but their entire insurance coverage will be canceled for failure to pay either bill.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 3 million people would be affected by the rule. If accepted, the new burden of separate invoices and billing for this rule would cost about $1.6 million annually.
The deadline for public comments on this rule is Tuesday, January 8. Leave a public comment today.
Suggested comments [please personalize]: I am completely against the Trump-Pence administration’s new proposed rule to force people to pay twice for basic reproductive healthcare. Abortion is already prohibitively difficult to access for many. If this rule takes effect, it could strip abortion coverage from 1.3 million women in 24 states, having disproportionate effects on low-income women, women in rural areas without reproductive health services, and states with severe restrictions like mandatory waiting periods.
This rule is an obvious ploy to further stigmatize a common and safe medical procedure and deny abortion coverage to as many women as possible. I demand HHS not adopt this new rule and respect women's autonomy and dignity.
Script via NARAL
Action 3: Operation Activation on January 19
Marching motivates! As we learned since we first marched together in January 2017, making our voices heard empowers us to act whether collectively or as individuals. In celebration of Women’s March Chicago’s third anniversary, we are asking our amazing community to come together for a day of action. Please join us on Saturday, January 19, 2019 for Operation Activation.
To be clear, WMC is not holding a march in January. This time around, Operation Activation is celebrating your power to effect change. WMC is calling on you to spearhead an action in your community that helps people feel safe, included, respected and represented, while encouraging others to activate.
It can be as large as organizing a rally in support of gun violence prevention in your local park (please dress warmly). Or as small as a gathering around your dining room table to write postcards to politicians denouncing the current administration’s immigration policies. If it snows, you can help elderly or disabled neighbors shovel their walks. Or your family can host a neighborhood coat drive to help the homeless. The possibilities are endless and no action is too small! Be creative! Think of ways you can connect with volunteers around important initiatives. Then register your event and we’ll get it posted on the calendar and promote it on social media.
Action via WMC