All volunteer readers need to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for a welcome reception. You will be given time for book selection or you may bring your own. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 10 a.m. Volunteers will have the opportunity to share their books with two classes.
Monthly Archives: February 2015
and yes – it really only takes 2 minutes!
The Why: The “Safe Harbor Bill,” would develop a funding mechanism for services for sexually exploited/trafficked children by creating the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund and the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund Commission. Such services could include family support, crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency housing.
Children who have been sold or rented for sex deserve all the help that we can get for them. A serious and productive conversation needs to be had about reliable funding to help these children.
The Message: “Dear Representative _______________, please request a committee hearing on the House version of the Safe Harbor legislation, House Bill 244 and House Resolution 223. Children who have been sold or rented for sex deserve all the help that we can get for them. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”
The How: Click here to contact members of the Georgia House Judiciary non-Civil Committee.
And yes–it really only takes 2 minutes
The “Ask”: Please contact members of the Georgia House Regulated Industry Committee and ask them to vote NO on HB 110 (Roberts-155th) and HB 15 (Turner-21st) which would legalize the sale of explosive fireworks in Georgia.
- 30% of people injured by fireworks in 2012 were under 15 years old.
- 46% of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to youth under 20 years old.
- The U.S. Fire Administration’s recommendation: “The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.”
The Message: “Please vote NO on both HB 110 and HB 15 when each comes before the House Regulated Industry Committee. There were 8700 fireworks related injuries treated in hospitals in the US in 2012. Youth under 20 make up 46% of that number and children under 15 make up 30% of those injuries. We do not need to increase the chance that children will suffer serious burns, lacerations or other injuries to their hands and fingers, legs, eyes, faces and ears. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”
The How: Click here for contact information for the members of the Georgia House Regulated Industries Committee.
2 Minute Advocacy Ask for this Week: Tell Georgia Reps to Maintain Current Pay Rates for Medicaid Primary Care Providers
The “Ask”: Call or email members of the Georgia House and/or Georgia Senate Health Subcommittees of their respective Appropriations committees and ask them to maintain the current pay rates for pediatricians and other Medicaid Primary Care Providers.
The Why: Medicaid doctors are about to lose a boost in payments provided by the Affordable Care Act that got them closer to Medicare and private insurance rates. A recent study shows that those payments helped increase the use of healthcare services by children and other Medicaid patients. If Georgia does not restore this ACA boost, reimbursements will be set back to pre-2009 levels which may cause doctors, including pediatricians, to no long take Medicaid patients. Fewer doctors means less access to healthcare for approximately 1 million Georgia children who are enrolled in Medicaid.
The Message: “Dear Representative/Senator _______________, Please make sure that the 2016 state budget maintains the reimbursement rates that Medicaid Primary Care Providers have been permitted over the last two years. Better reimbursements have allowed and encouraged more pediatricians to provide services to children enrolled in Medicaid. As I’m sure you realize, nearly 28% of Georgia’s children live in poverty and more than 1.7 million children are enrolled in public health insurance. I’m sure you also know that a child’s chance of growing up strong, healthy and productive diminish significantly when there is not access to a doctor on a reliable basis. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”
The How: Click here to find contact information for members of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee and click here to find contact information for members of the Health Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee
The Why: HB 17 Hidden Predator Act calls for extending the statute of limitations for civil actions for childhood sexual abuse by 30 years (to age 53). This bill is on the right track. While the 30-year extension has generated opposition to the bill, the damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse on brain development are real and last through adulthood.
The Message: “Dear (Committee Member), I urge you to recommend a “Do Pass” for House Bill 17. The damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse on brain development are real and can last through adulthood. Extending the statute of limitations for civil actions for childhood sexual abuse is a key step to helping victims.
The How: If your rep. is on the committee, write or call your rep. Otherwise, pick two and call or write them. They ALL need to hear from citizens of GA!
Hope-Hill Elementary School is ready to celebrate reading! Read Across America Day is Monday, March 2, 2015. We are in search of volunteers to read to our classes.
All volunteer readers need to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for a welcome reception. You will be given time for book selection or you may bring your own. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 10 a.m. Volunteers will have the opportunity to share their books with two classes. Please RSVP at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4BA4AB2FA3F58-read if you would like to attend. You may reach me at 404-802-7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.