Cosponsor VA Transparency Enhancement Act

In our work addressing a contamination issue at a local VA hospital in Michigan, we learned that the VA system does not publicly release data on infection rates or cancelled surgeries like other hospitals do. To enhance transparency and ensure our veterans
have access to information impacting the quality of care at VA hospitals, we ask you to join us in co-sponsoring H.R. 501, the VA Transparency Enhancement Act of 2017.  

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Protect Part-Time Workers: Cosponsor the Bipartisan Save American Workers Act.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent workers must offer health insurance to their employees or face a penalty. Notably, the law defined full-time status at 30 hours of work per week, significantly below the
traditional definition of 40 hours that employers and workers have been accustomed to.  As a result, hourly or part-time employees working between 30 and 40 hours per week have seen their hours reduced as companies have been forced to choose between unaffordable
new costs or ACA’s substantial fines.  We have seen this affect not only workers in the private sector, but city, state, and school employees as well, as governments continue to struggle to adapt their budgets to new health insurance coverage requirements.

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Launch a study on health impacts of PFC contaminants on military members & families, veterans, & others on/near affected bases

Please join us in sending a letter to the NDAA conferees asking them to retain section 343 of the Senate NDAA.  Section 343 would authorize $7 million to launch a nationwide health impact study conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
(ATSDR) in FY2018 on the most prevalent perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).  Because of the broad scope of PFOA and PFOS use by entities including the U.S military at more than 600 sites,
contaminated drinking water now poses a nationwide public health threat. Numerous peer-reviewed studies indicate health dangers of perfluorinated chemicals, including links to testicular, kidney, and thyroid cancer and impaired immune system performance.

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