Foundation's Legislative Work
Attending the Hearings
With hearings for both HB1540 and HB1568, Tuesday January 14, at 8am, will be busy. Please join us. Rep. Basye has said they will first hear another bill, so ours may not be up until closer to 8:20am. If the hearing goes past 10am, they will reconvene after the morning session which should be brief. If you can leave your entire morning clear, that would be great.
Let us know you will be attending the hearing so we can send you an updated schedule. You do not have to sign up to attend, but we would like and idea of who will be there.
Tips for Testifying
Keep it brief. Limit your testimony to 2-3min. Do your best to stick to the issue at hand---getting insurance coverage for therapies. How would this impact you, your child, or your clinic?
Don't repeat. Share your story and experience, but if someone has already gone into details about the difference between educational and medical therapy or some other topic, please don't repeat the explanation.
Be positive. Don't come ready to attack. Share the raw, not-so-pretty details, but keep things as positive as possible.
Be prepared. You can write your testimony, but please try to share your story without reading it word for word. You may submit written testimony even if you choose to testify in person. You might want to write out your testimony in case you decide not to share last minute or if they run out of time.
Dress professionally. Wear nice clothing, but comfortable shoes. You might even want to bring a change of shoes for down times.
Understand the legislation. There has been some misunderstanding which we want to clarify. This bill would require insurance to cover therapies for individuals with developmental disabilities. It will not eliminate your deductible, but insurance would cover therapies once the deductible has been met. Co-pays would still exist. Don't testify for something which the bill doesn't do.
RELAX. Really, the legislators are on your side. They want to hear from "regular" people. Smile and tell your story.
Plan to arrive a little early. Parking can be a bit tricky. Bring change in case you end up in metered parking. Check out the parking map to find which lots are available for visitors.