Staying informed and involved are the best ways we can make a difference in our communities.
On this page, W2D will post upcoming issues we need to be aware of along with "Action Items" you can undertake to make a difference, such as:
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Referendum 301—Repeal of Medicaid Funding Bill
Passed in the 2017 legislative session, the bipartisan Oregon Healthcare Protection Bill levies a small tax on hospitals and some insurance plans. This revenue is critical for sustaining the state’s Medicaid program and to prevent 350,000 Oregonians from losing coverage through the Medicaid expansion.
The Oregon Hospital Association as well as dozens of health and advocacy groups supported the bill because without it, access to health care for our most vulnerable citizens would not exist and hospitals would face mounting, uncompensated costs. This would result in shifting those costs to private-paying patients along with a rise in insurance premiums.
In addition to the loss of coverage and premium rate hikes, the rollback would eliminate the federal matching funds Oregon depends on to cover its Medicaid population. According to an article in the Portland Business Journal, this could be a loss of anywhere from $1 billion to $5 billion dollars.
Referendum 301 is the GOP’s petition effort to repeal this important bill, so what can you do?
At recent programs, we've distributed prepaid postcards to attendees who wish to participate, and ask them to write a postcard to local politicians and/or organizations regarding issues that we, as Democrats care about. So far, we've sent postcards to:
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Here are some quick links:
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Tips for Writing Letters to the Editor
Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) of your local or regional newspaper is an effective and easy way to reach a large audience. LTEs are printed on the editorial page, which is one of the most read pages in the paper.
Congressional staffers also tell us that members of congress keep a close eye on media coverage, including LTEs, in their local papers so they can keep a 'pulse' on issues of importance to their constituents. Having a strong letter published helps you reach both a wide public audience and your elected officials with the same effort! Even if your letter is not published, it is important for educating and persuading editors. The more letters they receive on a given topic, the more likely they are to dedicate more time in their newspaper to that issue—both on the editorial page and in news articles. It clearly expresses the issue’s importance to the community.
DOWNLOAD this handy flyer with tips on how to write an effective letter to the editor.
Attending a Town Hall
One of the most effective—and most underutilized—ways to communicate directly with Members of Congress is to attend their town hall meetings.
Members of Congress take to heart what they hear directly from constituents who make the effort to show up at a town hall meeting. Members see attendees first and foremost as concerned voters.
In addition, the media often attends these meetings providing another opportunity to spread the message.
DOWNLOAD this handy flyer on the best way to be effective at town hall meetings.