Cosponsor the Bipartisan Medicaid CARE Act

Many of our states have been hard hit by drastic
increases in drug overdose deaths in recent years. The number of deaths from heroin overdoses has more than tripled since 2010. Yet according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2014, less than 12 percent of the 21.5 million
Americans suffering with a substance use disorder received specialty treatment. We would not accept treatment rates this low for other diseases. 
Current Medicaid policy, known as the IMD Exclusion, has the unintended consequence of limiting treatment for the most vulnerable populations. Medicaid beneficiaries are prescribed painkillers at twice the rate of non-Medicaid patients, and nearly one-third
of the Medicaid expansion population has a behavioral health disorder—but old Medicaid rules undermine recent coverage gains. This is why we introduced H.R. 2687, the Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion (CARE) Act.

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Cosponsor the Protecting Independent Contractors from Discrimination Act of 2018

Please become a cosponsor of the Protecting Independent Contractors from Discrimination Act of 2018 (H.R. 4972), which would extend to independent contractors the same federal antidiscrimination protections enjoyed by employees.  This bill would extend the
antidiscrimination protections of the following statutes, which apply to employees, to independent contractors: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section
505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.

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Say No to Bureau of Prisons Staff Cuts

As you may have recently heard, the Department of Justice has directed the Bureau of Prisons to cut approximately 6,000 Federal Corrections Officer jobs nationwide. Over the past year, DOJ implemented a hiring freeze that resulted in vacancies across the
system, which will now be used to justify the bulk of these cuts.

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Prevent the Spread of Hate Crimes Through Social Media: Cosponsor H.R. 4527 – the Stop HATE Act

Members of Congress have a responsibility to support and defend the First Amendment. Yet, it is also our duty to prevent its use from inflicting physical or emotional harm on other Americans. As we have seen, most recently in Charlottesville, VA and Shelbyville,
TN, hate groups have used online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit to spread their hateful message around the country. It is time we understand how we can address the rise of hate crimes and prevent them from harming others.

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