By Amy Masters
The SBAC Health Care Committee, led by Steve Banke of 3Points, along with other dedicated SBAC members have been amazingly effective in pushing the Illinois Senate this veto session to pass HB 3236 to create small business health care co-ops.While major strides have been made in the areas of legislative contact, coalition-building, and grassroots outreach, we still need your help to get HB 3236 passed.
HB 3236 passed the Illinois House earlier this year with strong bi-partisan support from across the state. At present, the bill is stalled in the Senate and must first be called for a vote and passed by the Senate Insurance Committee, chaired by Senator William Haine (D-Alton), before proceeding to the Senate floor. Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg is sponsoring the bill, and SBAC members have been successful at contacting and encouraging other senators to co-sponsor the bill, including Senators Annazette Collins, Jacqueline Collins, Susan Garrett, Linda Holmes, Dan Kotowski, John Mulroe, Michael Noland, Martin Sandoval, Ira Silverstein, and Heather Steans. More sponsors are still needed in order to get this bill called and passed through the Senate.
While major strides have been made in pushing HB 3236, we still need your help to get this passed. Hereâ€™s what you can do:
1. Call or Visit your state senatorâ€™s office (go to Illinois State Board of Elections to find your senator at http://ow.ly/78R38) by phone or email/mail correspondence and urge him/her to co-sponsor and/or support the bill. Consider making a trip to Springfield to personally lobby your senator for the bill during Veto Session. Post as a comment to this blog article or forward responses to Steve Banke at email@example.com.
2. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce If you are a member or have a connection with a local Chamber of Commerce, small business advocacy group, or consumer association, reach out to them and ask if they will join the coalition and support the bill. Post as a comment to this blog article or forward responses to Steve Banke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Share your story about health care challenges Small business owners have especially been impacted by the challenges of obtaining affordable and quality health care, and real stories with details can be very influential with legislators in understanding the problem. If you have a personal story about health insurance you or your employees have experienced, please share it as a comment below or email Steve Banke at SBanke@3points.com.
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