Tell Senate to Support the HEROES Act
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The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act was introduced into the House and voted on last week. We are still waiting for the Senate to vote on on this piece of legislation. The HEROES Act expands economic impact payments (stimulus checks) and expands coverage by including adult dependents and immigrants with taxpayer identification numbers. This bold and comprehensive bill encompasses many of the priorities we as a community have been covering in recent Wednesday Actions. The bill expands unemployment benefits, increases funds to Indian Health Services for COVID testing and treatment, extends student loan forgiveness, increases rental assistance and homeowner assistance programs, and provides federal and local funding for the collection and public reporting of COVID data by race and ethnicity. While the bill still does not address the needs of incarcerated folks and does not stabilize the child care system, this is a strong step towards providing relief to all communities.
The HEROES act would provide more funding than this Senate bill. The House bill provides another $500 billion for states and $375 billion for cities and counties.
This week, urge you to call congress to engage your Senators to stand by the HEROES Act. We need to continue to expand health coverage for all communities, we need to provide urgently needed relief to states and localities, while continuing to invest in testing and those working in the front-lines.
PHONE CALL SCRIPT:
I am a physician/supporter from [your state] and an advocate/supporter with Physicians for Reproductive Health. I am grateful for the work that the House has put forth via the HEROES Act. We need our Senators to stand by the HEROES Act as nationally we are in need to continue to expand health coverage for all communities, and we need to provide urgently needed relief to states and localities.
[As a physician] I know how important it is for people to feel supported and safe to access health care, particularly at times of uncertainty such as these. I am continuing to do my part to care for all our communities, and ask [Senator] ___________ to support the HEROES Act, a bold legislation that allows communities access to relief funds while centering women, families, and those working at the front-lines