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Protecting NH kids from lead - we can make a difference!

Lead exposure remains a problem across the country and right here in New Hampshire. Every year, several hundred New Hampshire children are found to be poisoned by lead – a dangerous neurotoxin that, even at low levels of exposure, can result in permanent, irreversible harm, such as cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, hearing loss, and delayed language skills.  And with so many New Hampshire homes and apartments built before the ban on lead-based paint in 1978, we continue to put our kids at risk.  In 2015 alone, 660 children were found to have blood lead levels equal to or higher than the Center for Disease Controls’ recommended action level of 5 micrograms per deciliter.

#MilitaryMonday: The New Military Parental Leave--What does it really mean?

Paid Family Leave for military families has rapidly changed in the past two years, and the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act brings even more changes.  While some of these changes appear to be improvements for military parental leave, several points of the new law have left us with some serious concerns.

House Leaders’ Decision to Withdraw Health Care Bill a ‘Major Victory for Moms, Families, Our Country’

Today’s incredible win demonstrates the true power of the grassroots movement that has sprung up to resist the Trump administration and the GOP’s destructive agenda to gut health care. This is a resounding, major victory for moms, families, our economy and our country. It is proof that when we #KeepMarching together, we are unstoppable.

 

If “Essential Health Benefits” Standards Are Repealed, Health Plans Would Cover Little

The White House and House Republican leaders are reportedly negotiating with House Freedom Caucus members to eliminate federal minimum benefit (“Essential Health Benefits”) standards for individual and small-group market plans as part of the House health bill.  That would leave many people with pre-existing conditions unable to find the coverage they need at any price, much less an affordable one; result in women being charged more than men; and expose many people with health insurance to unaffordable bills, or even put them at risk for medical bankruptcy.

Quick Action: Raise your voice for health care!

Our voices are making a difference!

The U.S. House was scheduled to vote tonight on the hugely harmful American Health Care Act (AHCA), but had to cancel the vote in no small part due to the amount of public outrage about the bill! You are being heard!

We can’t let up! We need you to continue to speak out for quality, affordable healthcare!! So much is at stake. In fact, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported that this bill could cut 24 million people off of health care coverage. [2] We can’t let this happen! This is where you come in.

We need your voice to help stop this destructive bill from moving forward! Send a Letter to the Editor of your local paper NOW! http://action.momsrising.org/lte/Healthcare_LTE/?source=blog

Health Care Bill an ‘Assault on Moms and Families’

In a callous attempt to win over the more extreme members of the conservative right, US House Republican leaders are reportedly adding several dangerous provisions that threaten the health and wellbeing of women and families to their health care bill. The American Health Care Act was already a terrible bill that would make health insurance less affordable, less accessible, and less comprehensive, taking coverage away from tens of millions of families and offering fewer protections at higher costs to those who still have health insurance. These provisions manage to make the legislation even more damaging and constitute an all-out assault on moms and families.

 

With these changes, the American Health Care Act would remove the requirement for insurance providers to cover essential health benefits. These benefits are critical for the whole health of families and include services like maternity care, mental health services, preventive care, and prescription drug coverage. 

 

#KeepMarching Telephone Town Hall Meeting Guides and Recordings

Downloads and recordings of #KeepMarching Telephone Town Hall Meetings. Check back for new resources monthly!

MomsRising Advocacy and Organizing Tips and Tactics, Feb. 21, 2017

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MomsRising Primer on Government and Civics, March 21, 2017

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#ProtectOurCare Meet Amy in Ohio

Quality, affordable healthcare coverage is incredibly important to families in the U.S.
 
MomsRising has recieved thousands of messages from our volunteers with stories about why the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare matter for the health of their families. This #ProtectOurCare blog series will highlight many of the stories we've received.
 
From Amy in Ohio:

Our daughter Addie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 6 - an autoimmune disease for which there is no cure, but does have very expensive treatments. When my husband lost his job a few years ago, prior to the Affordable Care Act, NO ONE would insure us - at any cost. We were denied coverage because of Addie's Type 1 diagnosis. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we no longer have to worry about being denied coverage and I can sleep at night knowing that Addie will always have access to her life saving medications - or will she??

#ProtectOurCare Meet Regan in North Carolina

Quality, affordable healthcare coverage is incredibly important to families in the U.S.
 
MomsRising has recieved thousands of messages from our volunteers with stories about why the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare matter for the health of their families. This #ProtectOurCare blog series will highlight many of the stories we've received.
 
Watch Regan's story here: 

 
 
 
You can read more stories from parent across the country here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.momsrising.org/images/Lifesaver_Book_-_Final...
 
And if you have a story of your own you'd like to share, you can submit it here: http://action.momsrising.org/survey/healthcare-stories/
 
 

#5Actions just for YOU!

Happy Monday!  It’s time to roll up your sleeves for our Top #5Actions of the week (See below). You can do all five of the actions on one day, or spread them out across the week, your choice.  The important thing is not when you do them, but IF you do them.  And if you do them, your actions will add up with others, and you're sure to have an impact.  
 

Here are the MomsRising Top #5Actions for this week for YOU:

1.  HAPPENING TOMORROW NIGHT! (This Tuesday evening!) Be On The MomsRising #KeepMarching Telephone Town Hall (Free) Training On How A Bill Becomes A Law & How To Have An Impact!

—> ACTION: http://action.momsrising.org/survey/KeepMarchingTeleTownHall_Civics/

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