Issues Briefing 2018
Bridging Divides: Cultivating Common Ground for Action
February 10, 2017
University Center, 525 South State Street, Chicago
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
We have seen the terrible impact of an historic budget impasse in Illinois and witness the vocal and often hostile divides in our civil society. League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization and we learn all sides of an issue before coming to consensus on a position and advocating for legislation that supports that position. READ MORE.
Effort by Congress to Sneak Health Care Repeal in Tax Bill
Washington, D.C. – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the Senate's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act as part of a tax overhaul bill:
"After repeatedly failing to move forward with a misguided attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Congress is once again attempting to undermine a law that provides quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans. READ MORE.
Update on Support of CHIP Extension
Prior to funding expiring on September 30, 2017, LWVIL joined a group of over 50 organizations -- all committed to improving health coverage for Illinois families -- in signing a letter urging members the the Illinois Congressional Delegation to pass a clean, five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides $454 million for an estimated 325,000 Illinois children enrolled in CHIP. This deadline passed with no action.
Early November the House passed HR 3922 to extend funding for CHIP and
Community Health Centers. Ending decades-old bipartisan support for CHIP, the bill adversely affects Medicaid, criteria for coverage, and provisions impacting
Illinois children. In addition, the legislation cuts public health services by shifting 75% of Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health funds to pay for the Community Health Center funding.
A follow up has been sent to once again request a clean extension of CHIP funding,
and the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
Read the letter HERE.
Spread the Word: It’s time for Health Care Open Enrollment!
Many state and local Leagues have worked to assist with the open enrollment process under the Affordable Care Act in the past.
This year the window for open enrollment is shortened and the budget for marketing the period was drastically cut. It’s up to organizations like the League to spread information about how to sign up. Check out these great resources and toolkits from like-minded organizations and spread the word about open enrollment today!
LWVUS Statement on EPA Clean Power Plan Repeal
Washington, DC - League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's repeal of the Clean Power Plan:
“By repealing the Clean Power Plan, the White House is putting the interests of corporate polluters ahead of the health and safety of the American public. This decision will have a devastating impact on the planet at a time when we are seeing the powerful climate change effects with rising temperatures, deadly hurricanes and destructive wildfires. The League is appalled at this irresponsible decision that will have a long-term devastating impact on our planet and health of the American people.”
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Action on DACA
According to the New York Times: President Trump on Tuesday (September 5) ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. He called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018.
The LWV stands strong with the DREAMers.
LWVUS is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The 200+ coalition members have banded together to support the 800,000+ DREAMers who came forward when DACA was enacted. Our colleagues who are leading the fight to defend this program are doing everything they can to prepare to come to DACA's defense and ensure that this program remain.
Click HERE for their tool kit on how to respond.
Click HERE for LWVUS' Statement on the DACA Reversal.
Local League Spotlight: Glen Ellyn
This is the latest in a series covering all local leagues in Illinois.
LWV Glen Ellyn participated in the 2017 National Voter Registration Day at College of DuPage. Recent community programs, included:
Click HERE to see how you can help with issues important to you and your communities.
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