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CLOSING COB FRIDAY: Urge CMS to Move Providers to Value-based Care

September 27, 2018

By passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015, Congress revved up our health care system’s shift to value-based care, so that doctors and clinicians are reimbursed based on the quality of the care they provide to Medicare beneficiaries.
Unfortunately, the way CMS has implemented MACRA leaves nearly half of all providers out of MACRA, which means continuing the current fee-for-service system we have now. If we fail to make a meaningful shift toward value-based health care, we are missing a
critical opportunity to reduce costs for Medicare and improve care for patients.

Support Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who assist persons w/ intellectual and developmental disabilities

September 27, 2018

We are writing concerning Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) such as autism and behavioral support professionals. Providers of home and community-based services (HCBS) employ DSPs for the important role of providing community supports to children and adults
with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). DSPs are the backbone of these supports, with complex duties that are not adequately captured by existing standard occupational classifications. Providers are concerned that the current classification
system is affecting state and federal agencies’ policy decisions, such as rate-setting, leading to negative longstanding effects in the retention and recruitment for this workforce. This letter simply asks the Bureau of Labor Statistics to consider classify
these professionals as health care support occupation. 

CLOSING TOMORROW: Sign Letter to Secretary Pompeo on American Detained in Vietnam

September 27, 2018

Please join me in sending a letter to Secretary Pompeo requesting he call for the immediate release of Michael Phuong Minh Ngueyn, an American citizen detained by the Vietnamese government for nearly three months.

DEADLINE COB TOMORROW: Sign Letter to Sec. Pompeo – Share All Documents Related to ‘Certification’ for U.S. Participation in Yemen’s Civil War

September 27, 2018

However, according to the
Wall Street Journal, Secretary Pompeo’s own regional and military experts concluded that he should reject certification “due to a lack of progress on mitigating civilian casualties.” According to the same report, the only group to advocate for certification
was the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, in order to protect a pending sale of munitions to the region as well as any future sales.

Sign Letter to Say Don’t Import Marijuana from Canada for Research – Make it in the U.S.! (Deadline Noon, TOMORROW)

September 27, 2018

We urge you to join us in the letter below to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) objecting to and asking questions about delays in approving additional domestic manufactures of cannabis for research.

Become an Original Cosponsor of a Resolution Calling on the Government of Cameroon, Armed Separatist Groups, and All Citizens to Respect Human Rights

September 27, 2018

Join me in calling on the Government of Cameroon, armed separatist groups, and all citizens to respect human rights and adopt nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution in the country.

Cosponsor the RISE Out of Poverty Act

September 27, 2018

Please join me in introducing the Rewriting to Improve and Secure an Exit (RISE) Out of Poverty Act, a comprehensive and long overdue overhaul of the Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) program to provide real tools to help families and individuals experiencing poverty.

LAST CHANCE: COSPONSOR BIPARTISAN BILL TO FIGHT INFANT AND CHILD DEATHS

September 27, 2018

Please join us as an original cosponsor of the Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, which would improve the health of infants and children by strengthening efforts to better understand infant deaths and facilitating data collection to improve
prevention efforts.   

Cosponsor H.Res.1081, the Bipartisan Rail Safety Week Resolution

September 27, 2018

Please join us as a cosponsor of H.Res.1081, a bipartisan resolution to designate the week of September 23-29, 2018 as Rail Safety Week.

According to data from the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 821 rail-related fatalities and 8,697 rail-related injuries in the United States in 2017. Many of these accidents could have been easily prevented with the proper intervention to educate
pedestrians and motorists on the dangers of rail trespassing and the need for care when navigating highway-grade rail crossings. The use of headphones, distraction by cell phones, and use of alcohol or drugs are thought to play a role in many rail trespassing
fatalities, which is the leading cause of all rail-related fatalities.

Support our Wildlife Animals and their Ecosystems by Cosponsoring the Wildlife Veterinarians Employment and Training (VET) Act

September 27, 2018

I respectfully ask for your support of the H.R.159, the Wildlife Veterinarians Employment and Training (VET) Act. 
This bill provides incentives for students to pursue wildlife and zoological medicine, which is currently understaffed in the U.S.