CALL TO ACTION – UPDATE -They were funded! Thank you! Help our only local family planning clinic get the funding they need from the state
This budget item passed. Your voices MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Please share this call to action. We are in the final stretch of budget season and legislators need to hear from us. Please use your voice, it is so important right now. This is another simple message you can deliver and make a difference!
Health Imperatives is a non-profit that runs our local family planning clinic, Hyannis Family Planning, and other clinics in Southeastern MA. Cape Cod Women for Change supports this clinic and will do what we can to help them achieve their goals. Federal title X funding is threatening clinics like this whose services are a necessity to those with the most need. From their website:
Health Imperatives promotes healthy, safe, and vibrant families and communities.
We support families and individuals who are struggling to cope with the devastating effects of poverty and violence, individuals who are worried about their health and safety, and parents who may be unprepared for the challenges of raising young children. Our health, nutrition, and counseling programs provide help, hope, and opportunity to local families and individuals. We’re Here for You.
Please help by using your voice to advocate for their funding in the state budget.
They have asked for $6,100,000 in line item 4513-1000 for family planning services to serve vulnerable low income, uninsured, and under-insured residents. This represents an additional $588,491 for these critical reproductive health services. The Guttmacher Institute analysis shows that the government saves $7 for every public dollar spent:
For every $1.00 invested in publicly funded family planning services saved $7.09 in Medicaid expenditures that would otherwise have been needed to pay the medical costs of pregnancy, delivery and early childhood care.
See a fact sheet from the Guttmacher Institute about why we must continue to fund family planning clinics.
The House and Senate are poised to begin formal negotiations over the fiscal 2019 budget with three lawmakers from both branches appointed Monday to a conference committee to hash out a final version of the annual spending bill.
The conference committee will be led by:
- House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez (617-722-2990 Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org) who is midway through his first budget
- Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka (617-722-1640 Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov) who is scheduled to become Senate president later this summer.
They will be joined by their respective vice chairs and the ranking Republicans on Ways and Means from both branches.
- Reps. Stephen Kulik (617-722-2380 Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov) a Worthington Democrat
- Todd Smola (617-722-2100 Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov) a Warren Republican
- Sen. Joan Lovely (617-722-1410 Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov)a Salem Democrat
- Vinny deMacedo (617-722-1330 Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov) a Plymouth Republican who also represents the upper Cape
The six-member conference committee will be tasked with negotiating a compromise between the House’s $41.065 billion spending plan and the Senate’s $41.49 billion fiscal 2019 budget (H 4401/S 2530).
The script is simple:
Dear ( legislator(s) )
Please support line item 4513-1000 for family planning services to serve vulnerable low income, uninsured, and under-insured residents. This represents an additional $588,491 for these critical reproductive health services. The Guttmacher Institute analysis shows that the government saves $7 for every public dollar spent.
These services are crutial for the health and well-being of our community.
Thank you for your service
If you want to add a personal story – make it just a paragraph or two – and share. Personal anecdotes are helpful.
(If you see errors or omissions please contact CapeCodWomenforChange@gmail.com)
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