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National Call-in Week: Tell Your Senators to Act Now on Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Policymakers in Washington are continuing to negotiate the details of the next coronavirus response bill. Though such legislation is urgently needed, it remains unclear if a deal can be reached in the coming weeks. Now is the time to make your voice heard!   

The most recent House-passed bill, Heroes 2.0, presents a clear path forward. Unveiled last month, it is House Democrats’ attempt to compromise with the White House and Senate Republicans, who prefer a smaller relief package. Despite its reduced cost, the bill continues to include key changes that would help older adults, people with disabilities, families, and caregivers during the pandemic and beyond.   

To keep these reforms on track, join the weeklong National Call-in Campaign. Follow the steps below to encourage your Senators to advance Heroes 2.0 without delay.  

Call 1-866-828-4162 to contact your Senator.  

  • You will hear a brief recording before being transferred to the U.S. Capitol Switchboard.  
  • Ask the Switchboard operator to connect you with your Senator. 
  • Tell the staff person who answers your name and your city. Then deliver your message.  

Once connected, ask for the Senator’s support of the House compromise bill, Heroes 2.0. Explain that it prioritizes people with Medicare by: 

  • Establishing a coronavirus-specific Medicare Part B Special Enrollment Period 
  • Ensuring affordability is not a barrier to treatment  
  • Improving nursing home and resident safety 
  • Supporting community living and state Medicaid programs  
  • Providing targeted financial relief to individuals and families 

You can use the call script below to guide your conversation

My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent of [SENATOR NAME]. I live in [CITY or TOWN]. I am calling to ask the Senator to support the Heroes 2.0 compromise bill already passed by the House. It would assist older adults, people with disabilities, families, and caregivers who are facing difficult challenges during the pandemic.  

Specifically, the bill would help people enroll in Medicare and afford coronavirus treatment. It would also promote community living, health and economic security, and nursing home safety.  

These improvements are important to me because [OPTIONAL! INSERT A PERSONAL STORY HERE]. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please urge the Senator to support people with Medicare in our state by passing the Heroes 2.0 relief package. 

To ensure your Senators understand the pressing importance of meaningful relief legislation, weigh in with them often and share this alert widely.  

Read more about the Heroes Act 2.0

Read our letter of support for the Heroes Act 2.0

Read a summary of the Heroes Act 2.0

Read the legislative text

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