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Make the call Wednesday: Thousands mobilizing to get Health Funding in the Budget – ILAACP
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Make the call Wednesday: Thousands mobilizing to get Health Funding in the Budget

The Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention is supporting the Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Act in Illinois and we need your help! The HEAL Act funds prevention and Medicaid with revenue from a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 29!

As Illinois’ budget crisis continues, the good news is that the HEAL Act is on the table as part of the budget and revenue discussion in Springfield – but we need your help to MAKE SURE the sugary-drink tax revenues are included, and are dedicated to health!

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 29!

We need to let legislators know that there are thousands of supporters like you who want to invest in health and fight diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases. We need to make sure prevention and health services in Medicaid are protected, and we want funding for community health programs like trails for walking and biking, a double value coupon program for SNAP recipients at farmers markets, and healthier school lunches for our kids.

On Wednesday, July 29, we’re going to show our legislators that Illinois voters want the HEAL Act included in the budget proposal.

Our goal is to send 1000 messages to legislators on Wednesday, July 29.

Will you help us? A few quick clicks is all it takes!

MOST IMPORTANT:

  • Use this link to CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS — it only takes about 5 seconds to send an email to your legislator.
  • Or call this toll free number, which will patch you through to either a target legislator, or the Governor’s office: 844-325-5900

Talking Points for your call to your legislator:

  • Please support including the HEAL Act penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in the budget
  • Please dedicate the HEAL Act funds to the health needs of Illinoisans:
    • $100 million for community prevention programs with at least 50% going to highest need communities.
    • $500 million for Medicaid to prevent cuts and increase prevention.

ALSO:

Tweet at your legislator using the hashtag #HEALtheBudget. We’ve got legislators’ handles and sample messages you can use on our Twitter page , @HEALtheBudget.

Like our Facebook page and share photos and information with your own friends to let them know about this innovative revenue option and the great investment in the health of our state.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 29!

Find out more about the HEAL Act on the healthebudget.org website, such as the HEAL Act Fact Sheet about the proposal, an FAQ, the results of our poll, and much more.

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