HB 44 by Rep. Swanson would protect Medicaid and CHIP patients from discrimination by state-funded doctors based on vaccination status and will be heard in the House Public Health Committee THIS Monday, March 20, 2023!
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD FROM HOME OR IN PERSON:
1. Participate From Home – TWO WAYS
Any of the From Home options can be completed now through Monday.
A- Email and Call the Committee Members
Email the Committee Members:
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SAMPLE EMAIL MESSAGE:
I am writing to you today to ask you to please VOTE YES to pass HB 44 favorably out of the Committee on Public Health on Monday, March 20.
Children benefiting from Medicaid or CHIP coverage should not have their access to care jeopardized by government-contracted healthcare providers who unlawfully deny patients based on their vaccination status. These families depend on these doctors to provide for basic health needs and should not be subject to discrimination based on their individualized approach to preventive care.
Or use your own personal experience in your email to the committee regarding being denied care based on your child’s vaccination status while utilizing Medicaid or CHIP.
*Feel free to add a special thank you in your emails to Chairwoman Klick for calling the hearing
Call the Committee Members who are not bill authors and urge them to vote YES on HB 44:
Vice-Chair Campos – 512-463-0452
Rep. Nicole Collier – 512-463-0716
Rep. Jacey Jetton – 512-463-0710
Rep. Ann Johnson – 512-463-0389
Rep. Jolanda Jones – 512-463-0524
Rep. Venton Jones – 512-463-0586
Rep. Tom Oliverson, MD – 512-463-0661
Rep. Four Price – 512-463-0470
B- Provide Public Comments
If you are a Texas resident, you can submit public comments that will be distributed to the committee members by using this form and selecting “HB 44 by Swanson.” Please indicate “self” in the “Organization/Representing” field and use parts of the sample email above for your comments.
2. Participate IN PERSON at the Capitol – TWO WAYS
The hearing begins at 8am, and in person participation is best if you can arrive as close to 8am as possible.
A- Register For the Bill – Quick, painless, and EFFECTIVE!
Come to the capitol on Monday between 8-10am (extremely time sensitive!) and use either your personal tablet or the House kiosks in the building extension to register FOR the bill. If you use your personal tablet, you must be connected to Capitol WiFi to be able to register. If you are NOT wanting to stay to provide oral testimony, then be sure to click Not Testify on this screen of the registration process:
Learn more about the registration process here.
B- Testify For the Bill
Ready to dive into testifying orally during a hearing? We make it easy! Promise! After reviewing TFVC’s How to Testify PowerPoint, you can write your own two minute testimony or we can provide speaking notes for you. Email Michelle today to get more information: [email protected]