This is an email I received today from the Kentucky Nurses Association:
Subject: SB 75 is Still ALIVE!
We need Action NOW to move it forward! See Download SB75 Comm Sub Description Feb 2010
Despite our having made significant compromises in the language of the Committee Substitute for SB 75, the Kentucky Medical Association continues to be adamantly opposed to this important legislation. If we are not successful in passing SB 75, there will continue to be significant barriers which prevent Kentuckians from accessing healthcare services provided by ARNPs!
OUR WORK IS CUT OUT FOR US! Between now and Tuesday afternoon (2/23), we must generate as many calls as possible to the toll-free legislative line with a simple message urging support of SB 75 Committee Substitute. That message needs to go to ALL Senators, but particularly to the Senate Republicans, since they are in leadership and will determine the fate of SB 75.
STEP #1: Call 1-800-372-7181 and ask that your message go to ALL Members of the Senate. "I am a Nurse (nurse educator, physician, patient, constituent, etc.) and I urge you to support SB 75 Committee Sub to increase access to quality, cost-effective health care." If those making calls are NPs or nurses, they should identify themselves as such since Senators report that they are receiving calls from "nurses" in opposition to the bill.
STEP #2: If you do not know who your Senator is, go to: www.vote-smart.org <http://www.vote-smart.org/> and enter your home address or call 1-888-vote smart (1-888-868-3762).
If you live in the district of one of the Senators on the attached list, it is especially important that you contact her/him to communicate that you are a constituent and that you urge their support of SB 75 Committee Substitute.
You can go to www.lrc.ky.gov <http://www.lrc.ky.gov/> "Who's My Legislator?" for other contact information for that Senator. You can also send an email; be sure to put on the Subject Line: "I Am Your Constituent" and to include your contact information in the body of the email.
You can also fax a letter to the Senator at 502-564-6543.
Remember, that Senator was elected to represent YOU and you have every right - and responsibility - to let her/him know (and hear from you often) that you want support for SB 75 Committee Sub!
STEP #3: Pass on this urgent Call to Action to your family, friends, colleagues, social network, etc. and ask them to call in.
STEP #4: NOW IS THE TIME FOR PHYSICIAN OR PHARMACIST LETTERS OF SUPPORT! If you have - or can get - a brief letter of support for SB 75 Committee Sub from a physician, please do so ASAP and email me email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> about the best way to get it to key Senators.
CALL THE MESSAGE LINE 1-800-372-7181 TODAY AND MONDAY AND TUESDAY!
SEE ATTACHMENTS FOR LEGISLATOR AND BILL INFORMATION & MAKE CALLS TODAY, MONDAY AND TUESDAY MORNING. See Download SB 75 - Senate Republicans 2-18-10
Thank you for making the voice of nursing heard.
Maureen Keenan, JD, MAT
Kentucky Nurses Association
200 Whittington Pkwy
(502) 637-2546 Option 1
FAX: (502) 637-8236