CALLS TO ACTION

Here is where you will find our weekly calls to action as they happen! 


Tell your Senator to take a stand against attacks on our most vulnerable Missourians--vote NO on HB1443 & SB561!

Over 900,000 Missourians were living in poverty in 2016 and nearly 290,000 are children. Two bills in the Senate, HB 1443 and SB 561 would punish these Missouri children who have no control over their circumstances. HB 1443 prohibits temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefit cards from being used at ATMs or to access cash, and further limits the items that may be purchased with TANF or SNAP benefits. SB 561 changes the requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by punishing people who fail to meet federal work requirements for SNAP by cutting off benefits and, if they are the head of household, cutting of the entire household as well.

Indivisible Missouri opposes HB 1443 & SB 561 because children shouldn't be punished for the acts of their parents!

HB 1443--

  • HB 1443 places further restrictions on purchases using SNAP and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits. Under HB 1443, an individual who purchases a prohibited item or makes a purchase in a prohibited establishment using SNAP or TANF funds could lose TANF benefits for a period of five years. TANF funds help families in poverty pay for essential living expenses. Children should not have to suffer the traumatic consequences of losing this necessary benefit due to a parent’s ill-considered action.

  • Children would be punished for their parents’ actions and forced to go without benefits for three to six months or permanently through no fault of their own. Under HB 1443, if a disqualified individual is the head of a household, the household would then be ineligible to receive TANF benefits for a period of three months, six months, or five years. To withhold these benefits as punishment is utterly unconscionable.

  • Families should not be cut off from accessing much needed cash for essential items. HB 1443 would prohibit using a SNAP or TANF EBT card at an ATM or from receiving cash back on a purchase. Not every item a family needs can be purchased with an electronic card. Cutting off access to cash can devastate an already needy family. Some need cash to pay rent, transportation, school expenses, or other necessities.

SB 561--

  • SB 561 changes the requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by punishing people who fail to meet federal work requirements for SNAP by cutting off benefits and, if they are the head of household, cutting of the entire household as well. In other words through no fault of their own, children will be at risk of having less food or going without food due to the actions of their parents. For families living in extreme poverty meeting these requirements can be incredibly difficult if not impossible. Employers can cut hours, employees can be ill or need to care for sick children, all of which could reduce work hours. To withhold food benefits as punishment is utterly unconscionable.

  • Children could go without nutritional benefits for up to 180 days by no fault of their own. SB 561 would punish children for their parents’ actions. This is unacceptable as the SNAP program serves 378,373 households and 810,000 Missourians per month. If a disqualified individual is the head of a household, the household would then be ineligible to participate in SNAP for up to 180 days.

  • Hunger causes stress and stress is harmful for a child’s mental and physical development. If a child lives with the stress of food insecurity, it can lead to lasting damage to health, learning, and behavior. “The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation.”* We must insure that all Missouri children have the nutrition they need.

References:

http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/why-snap.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=https://t.co/emfAjfFTOa

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/toxic-stress/

https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/ops/Missouri.pdf

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/01/25/missouri-senator-calls-for-food-stamp-crackdown

https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/1-23-18kstanf.pdf

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/02/26/new-evidence-that-work-requirements-do-not-work/?utm_term=.c9a0f03b19fd

https://rewire.news/article/2018/03/05/work-requirements-bad-womens-health/

http://www.communityaction.org/poverty-reports/

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/programs/tanf/about

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/sb-would-deepen-poverty-and-hunger-in-missouri/article_94540baa-faeb-11e7-b726-1b611f71b52e.html

http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/why-snap.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=https://t.co/emfAjfFTOa

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/missouri-house-supports-bill-adding-welfare-program-restrictions/article_09c6f19c-270e-11e8-a220-73953d2a405e.html

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Senator ________to vote NO on HB 1483 and SB 561 because _____________.”

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HB 1383 threatens the health and safety of pregnant teens. Tell your representative to vote NO!

You can write a letter to your state Representative here:

HB 1383 requires the consenting parent or guardian of a minor seeking an abortion to notify any other custodial parent or guardian in writing before the physician secures the informed written consent of the minor and consenting parent or guardian.

Indivisible MO opposes HB 1383 because:

  • Requires two-parent notification in writing prior to abortion for patients under the age of 18. Not all teenagers have relationships with both parents, no law should mandate they communicate with them, especially for those who face dangerous abuse or neglect at the hands of a parent.

  • Major medical groups oppose such a requirement. The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Public Health Association all oppose this consent requirement because research shows that bills like this do not foster parental involvement or healthy communication.

  • This bill could cause medical care to be delayed. Not all teens have two parents or guardians who make them feel safe talking about a pregnancy. An abusive parent could frighten a teen into taking unsafe measures or delaying important medical care.

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Representative ________to vote NO on HB 1383 because _____________.”

References:

https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/planned-parenthood-advocates-missouri/issues-legislation/hb-1383-fact-sheet-2018

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/house-bill-requiring-more-notification-for-abortions-given-preliminary-approval/article_749e2b8e-0c56-11e8-b6b2-27a328237183.html

http://fox2now.com/2018/02/07/missouri-house-backs-expanded-notice-for-abortions-on-minors-2/

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/house-bill-requiring-more-consent-for-abortions-given-preliminary-approval/article_749e2b8e-0c56-11e8-b6b2-27a328237183.html

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Tell your Representative to restore MO Rx for over 60,000 Missourians!

Over 60,000 Missouri senior citizens lost a crucial state prescription drug benefit known as MO Rx when the legislature allowed the program to expire in July of 2017. However, in a nearly unanimous vote of 30-1 last week, the Senate passed SB 563 that would restore MO Rx assistance for low-income seniors with incomes between 85% and 185% of the federal poverty level.

Indivisible MO supports SB 563 because:

  • The MO Rx program provides low-income seniors with 50% of the cost of their prescriptions.Without this assistance they have been faced with double the cost for their medications and perhaps having to go without them in order to pay for other necessities like groceries or utilities.

  • Cuts to MO Rx funding left some of Missouri’s most vulnerable seniors scrambling to come up with the extra costs of medications they depend on to function with only two weeks notice. This impacted seniors with incomes just above the cutoff of 85% of federal poverty level or $10,000 per year. Many of these seniors, who are on a fixed income, were unable to make up the additional costs for their medications without this program.

  • Balancing the state budget by taking prescription benefits from low-income seniors in order to continue tax giveaways for wealthy corporations is unacceptable. Low-income seniors in Missouri shouldn’t have to go without medicine that they depend on to live so that wealthy corporations can pay less in taxes.

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Representative ________to vote YES for SB 563 restoring MO Rx benefits for 60,000 seniors because _____________.”

References:

http://www.therolladailynews.com/news/20170628/morx-program-changes-to-affect-over-60000-missourians

http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Cut-to-prescription-drug-assistance-program-affects-thousands-of-Missouri-seniors-429744133.html

https://www.missourinet.com/2017/09/28/missouri-democratic-party-rolls-out-healthcare-plan/

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-senate-votes-to-bring-back-prescription-drug-assistance-program/article_00b0449c-2054-5c0c-9b00-da3361308dfd.html

https://www.missourinet.com/2017/06/27/60000-missourians-to-lose-prescription-drug-subsidies-in-days

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