Tues June 6, 2017
REMINDER that the next SolSun meetings are coming up next SUNDAY JUNE 11th! As usual, not *all* meetings happen on that day due to hosts' schedules, but the majority of them will be on the 11th. The theme for this month is LGBTQ+ rights, and we will also be writing letters to newspapers around the world letting them know that 45 does NOT represent us on climate change (or anything else). Some chapters will also be phonebanking for Jon Ossof, whose election is on June 20th.
So if you're a regular meeting attendee, make sure it's on your calendar, and THANK YOU. And if you're new to SolSun OR have been here a while but haven't made it to a meeting yet...how about this month?! To find a meeting near you, go here: https://www.solidaritysundays.org/get-involved/ and check out the map. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And guess what? We now have chapters in ALL but NINE states! Wanna know what those 9 are? Maybe you live in one and want to host, or maybe you have friends or family who might want to bring some SolSun love to one of these fine states:
Let us know if you know of a potential SolSun host in these states!
STOP THE ROLLBACK OF BIRTH CONTROL COVERAGE
Since 2011 the ACA has required that female contraception, as a critical preventative service, must be covered by insurers without co-pay. This “contraceptive mandate” has extended affordable birth control to millions of Americans: today 55 million Americans benefit from coverage of preventive services, including birth control, with no out-of-pocket costs, saving Americans billions of dollars per year.
The existing coverage mandate gives exemptions to certain organizations that object to birth control for religious reasons, including houses of worship, certain religiously affiliated hospitals and universities, and ‘closely held’ private companies (recall the ‘Hobby Lobby’ Supreme Court case of 2014). Despite these accommodations, the Trump Administration is pushing further exemptions to the contraceptive mandate. The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing an “Interim Final Rule” entitled “Coverage of Certain Preventative Services under the Affordable Care Act” which goes much further in providing exemptions to the mandate. The draft rule makes the exemption available to *all* employers, including large, publicly-traded, for-profit companies, on the basis of religious beliefs or “moral convictions.” It makes the mandate optional for religiously affiliated organizations, and it creates an exemption for health insurance companies that have religious or moral objections to providing birth control.
This broad expansion of the exemption is in line with the Trump Administration’s record of seeking to roll back women’s healthcare and rights by undermining access to critical, affordable birth control. If this Interim Final Rule is published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the exemptions will immediately go into effect.
#ACTION CALL the Office of Budget and Management, Mick Mulvaney 202-395-3080
"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from _______
I’d like to leave a message for Director Mulvaney. I’m calling to express my objection to the Interim Rule “Coverage of Certain Preventative Services under the Affordable Care Act.” This broad expansion of exemptions to the contraception mandate will erode access to preventative healthcare for millions of Americans. Any plan to publish this new rule should be abandoned, or at the very least, allow for a period of public comment."