Advocating during an election year will be tough! So let’s get started…

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By the November 22nd deadline, the Super Committee had not come to terms on a plan to cut the $1.2 trillion as proposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Health center advocates have been hard at work expressing the importance of keeping health center funding, but with this deadline passing, there is still no clear view as to what will happen.  If no deal happens, automatic cuts equaling the $1.2 trillion will occur to defense and domestic program funding.

President Obama has urged Congress to come up with a new way to carry out these budget cuts, but as everyone knows – 2012 is almost here, and 2012 is a campaign year.  Signs of any bipartisan deal happening soon are just not there.

As health center advocates, we have an important role to not only push for a deal, but also a deal that includes full funding for health centers.

Our patients depend on it.

No deal has been agreed upon, which means our job is not over.  Stay in touch with what you can do to advocate for Indiana’s health centers by
1) Signing up for our Advocacy eNewsletter; and
2) Contacting Indiana’s legislators on Capitol Hill.

Here is a list of Indiana’s legislators with links to their websites and how to get a hold of them through social media!

U.S. Senate

- Dan Coats: @SenDanCoats | Dan Coats on Facebook

- Richard Lugar: @senatorlugar | Richard Lugar on Facebook

U.S. House of Representatives

- Larry Buschon: @RepLarryBuschon | Larry Buschon on Facebook

- Dan Burton: @RepDanBurton | Dan Burton on Facebook

- André Carson: @RepAndreCarson | Andre Carson on Facebook

- Joe Donnelly: @RepDonnelly | Joe Donnelly on Facebook

- Mike Pence: @RepMikePence | Mike Pence on Facebook

- Todd Rokita: @ToddRokita | Todd Rokita on Facebook

- Marlin Stutzman: @RepStutzman | Marlin Stutzman on Facebook

- Pete Visclosky: @RepVisclosky | Pete Visclosky on Facebook

- Todd Young: @RepToddYoung | Todd Young on Facebook

 

Stay tuned for ways to advocate for our health centers and outreach programs!  You can also stay up-to-date by signing up to receive health center, Homeless Initiative Program, and/or Better Indy Babies/Healthy Families updates via email!

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