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Oppose Washington State Senate Bill 5905

Many TBA members work for the state of Washington. Many MORE TBA members depend on the work done by Washington state employees like teachers and nurses. Please read this information and make a phone call or email on behalf of our friends who work part time for the state.

Please call your State Senator to oppose Washington State Senate Bill 5905.

Provisions of SB 5095:
1) State employees’ health insurance coverage would be cut by eliminating coverage for state employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week. These employees would then need to purchase insurance on the state health care exchange.

2) State workers who must purchase on the exchange would see:

  • monthly premium cost as much as TRIPLE
  • elimination of dental and vision benefit
  • more out of pocket expenses for deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance

The Senate passed this bill on the outrageous assumption that it would save $90 million by eliminating state health coverage for part time state employees. These savings would come directly out of the pockets of state employees.

Please contact your legislators and tell them that SB 5905 is unfair and immoral. Call your Senator or Representative at (800) 562 6000 or email to first name.last name@leg.wa.gov

Thank you from the TBA Health Care For All Committee!


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Members of FAN Speak Out at 2013 IFAD

IFAD1Over 400 people from 43 of Washington state’s 49 Legislative Districts, from diverse faith traditions, came together in Olympia on February 20 to speak out with one voice for more just, compassionate state policies and laws.

Rabbi Jonathan and members of TBA at FAN’s 2013 Interfaith Advocacy Day February 20 in Olympia.

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Attending From left to right Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Linda Harris, Ronnie Shur, Dina Burstein, Diane Baer, Margo MacVicar-Whelan, Jo Merrick, Tom Buchanan, Fred Diamondstone, Gail Nicholson, Jonis Davis; front row: Jacqueline Sorgen

Legislative briefings, workshops and district caucuses were held in the morning at the Church followed by meetings with district legislators in the afternoon at the Capital Building.

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43rd Legislative District meetings Dina Burstein and Fred Diamondstone, together with upwards of 30 43rd Legislative District members met with State Senator Ed Murray as well as Representative Jamie Pedersen and House Speaker Frank Chopp. The message they carried focused on support for legislation to end Gun Violence, to support Budget and Revenue policies to protect social and health programs in the state, to support Medicaid expansion in implementation of the Affordable Care Act and to support $175 million for the Housing Trust Fund in the 2013-2015 biennium to help meet Affordable Housing needs of our state residents.

On February 20 we joined together with 400 members of diverse faith communities in support of legislation and policies to address gun violence, economic justice for struggling families and wage earners, implementation of the Affordable Care Act to ensure affordable health care for all, immigration reform to provide opportunity for undocumented young people to access university education.

Many of the bills that were discussed are still viable and it’s important to contact our legislators now either thru email (find contact information at leg.wa.gov) or by leaving a message at 1-800-562-6000.

Fiscal Bills – these need to be passed out of committee by Friday, March 1:

  • HB 1338 – early review and second chance for juveniles sentenced to life without parole
  • HB 1440 – wage theft prevention
  • HB 1651 – second chance for juveniles via prohibiting the dissemination of their court records

Following four policy bills are in the House rules committee and need to be voted on by the House by March 13:

  • HB 1413 – voting rights act
  • HB 1429 – allows state funding for higher education programming in prisons (a second chance act)
  • HB 1588 – establishes universal background checks for all firearm sales in our state
  • HB 1817 – Washington state DREAM act, allowing all college-bound students in our state to be eligible for state financial aid

Call 1-800-562-6000 or email your legislators.  Updated status on these priorities is reported regularly by FAN

 Contact Diane Baer for information about Faith Action Network legislative agenda.

 


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Health Care for All – L’dor v’dor

Temple Beth Am’s Health Care for All Committee will continue to advocate for health care in the important, upcoming 2013 Washington Legislative session.  The Supreme Court’s 2012 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act – and recent election results – assure that major health care changes are coming.  This makes 2013 an historic opportunity to shape implementation of the health insurance exchange, Medicaid expansion, and Basic Health Option.

The TBA Health Care for All Committee will participate with other organizations in the Healthy Washington Coalition on important efforts to make health care more widely available to families and individuals in Washington.

  • Take advantage of federal funding to expand Medicaid to cover individuals and families earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level.  This will be funded 100% by the federal government in 2014-2016, then 95% in 2017 and 90% in 2020.
  •  Spread the cost of implementing the Insurance Exchange among all health insurers in the state to provide more stable and predictable funding.
  •  Create a program to help low wage workers and families not eligible for Medicaid and who cannot otherwise afford insurance,
  • Support new revenue to help fund vital safety net programs. Throughout the recession, health care and safety net programs have been cut.  There is no more room for additional cuts. Health care programs must be protected and preserved by raising revenue.

On February 20, we will join with Faith Action Network’s 2013 Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia.  We will focus on implementing health care reform.

We will provide more information about pending health care legislation at a Sunday Morning Forum on Sunday March 3, 2013 at 10 am at Beth Am.  Theresa Mosqueda,  currently the chair of  the Healthy Washington Coalition and a member of the Board of the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, will talk about the latest news from Olympia.

The March 3rd forum will also share information about a national campaign called Caring Across Generations. This coalition effort to develop and implement policies addresses the increasing demand for home health and other home based services. As the boomer generation retires and as more people of all ages with disabilities live in the community, all generations face new needs and demands on how we care for one another.  Robby Stern, a Beth Am member, President of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action – and a member of the steering committee of the Washington Caring Across Generations Campaign – will talk about this national effort.


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Health Care for All – L’dor v’dor

Temple Beth Am’s Health Care for All Committee will continue to advocate for health care in the important, upcoming 2013 Washington Legislative session.  The Supreme Court’s 2012 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act – and recent election results – assure that major health care changes are coming.  This makes 2013 an historic opportunity to shape implementation of the health insurance exchange, Medicaid expansion, and Basic Health Option.

The TBA Health Care for All Committee will participate with other organizations in the Healthy Washington Coalition on important efforts to make health care more widely available to families and individuals in Washington.

  • Spread the cost of implementing the Insurance Exchange across all insurance underwritten in the state to provide more stable and predictable funding.
  • Expand the Basic Health Option, to take advantage of federal funding to help low wage workers and families who cannot otherwise afford insurance,
  •  Take advantage of federal funding to expand Medicaid to cover individuals and families earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level.  This will be funded 100% by the federal government in 2014-2016, then 95% in 2017 and 90% in 2020.
  •  Support new revenue to help fund vital safety net programs. Throughout the recession, health care and safety net programs have been cut.  There is no more room for additional cuts. Health care programs must be protected and preserved by raising revenue.

On February 20, we will join with Faith Action Network’s 2013 Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia.  We will focus on implementating health care reform.

We will provide more information about pending health care legislation at a Sunday Morning Forum on Sunday March 3, 2013 at 10 am at Beth Am.

The March 3rd forum will also share information about a national campaign called Caring Across Generations. This coalition effort to develop and implement policies addresses the increasing demand for home health and other home based services. As the boomer generation retires and as more people of all ages with disabilities live in the community, all generations face new needs and demands on how we care for one another.


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Perspectives: How Faith-Based and Secular Health Organizations Partner for Better Global Health

Perspectives: How Faith-Based and Secular Health Organizations Partner for Better Global Health”

Featuring William H. Gates Sr. (co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Rich Stearns (President, World Vision US), Caryl Stern (CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Abed Ayoub (CEO, Islamic Relief USA) and everyday heroes working in global health

Sunday, July 15, 2012

McCaw Hall, Seattle Center

Cost:

Free admission, please RSVP here

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Tell your legislators: no more cuts to social services

(NOTE: The regular legislative session starts on Monday, January 9. If you’re interested in meeting face-to-face with your legislators, click here for a list of planned citizen lobby days. – ed.)

From Dina Burstein and the Health Care For All Committee:

The Washington State special legislative session failed to fix the $2 billion revenue shortfall in the 2011-2013 state budget. Seven intrepid TBA members went to Olympia during the first week of the special session to lobby against health care cuts and to urge the passage of a fair budget revenue package. Continue reading


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Health Care For All in Olympia

Five intrepid members of TBA’s Health Care for All (HCFA) Committee met with Washington state legislators and fellow TBA members Senator Adam Kline (D-37th) and Representative Reuven Carlyle (D-36th) on Thursday, December 1, to express their opinions about the state’s budget priorities for the special session and beyond.

“No more cuts to education, health care and social services” was the message, Continue reading