Autism insurance reform can be approved in California this year, if voters demand it, according to Autism Speaks, an advocacy group.
AB 171, the reform measure is currently on the suspend calendar, where it can languish indefinitely. Autism Speaks is asking voters to call, email, write, tweet and text Assembly Speaker Perez and Assembly member Fuentes asking them to pull AB 171 off the suspend calendar and pass it favorably out of committee.
In addition, it is asking people to join Autism Votes Mobile by texting “AVotes” to 30644! Autism Votes is an initiative of Autism Speaks.
Speaker Perez’s phone number is 916.319.2046. Assembly member Fuentes can be reached at 916.319.2039. Tell them it’s time to move AB 171 off the suspend calendar for a committee vote. Then, Autism Vote says, “Lather, rinse, repeat and do it again. Light those phones up now!”
It also suggests that everyone ask their friends to post the message On FACEBOOK.
Today we need you to LATHER, RINSE and REPEAT. We need you to call Speaker Perez and Assemblymember Fuentes to ask them to take AB 171 off the suspense file.
If the people answering the phone don't sound breathless when you call them then they aren't getting enough calls. Ask 10 of your friends to help you then call their offices again.
You should only have about 30 seconds to get your message across. They should be that busy.
Here is How YOU Can Help:
1) CALL ASSEMBLY LEADERSHIP AND ASK THEM TO MOVE AB 171 OFF THE SUSPENSE FILE.
**CALL: Speaker Perez - 916.319.2046
**CALL: Assemblymember Fuentes - 916.319.2039
"It's time to move AB 171 off the suspense file for a committee vote. Thanks!"
Call once for each member of your house. If you are a constituent of Speaker Perez or Assemb. Fuentes, please be sure to note that when you call. BE POLITE. BE PATIENT in getting through but light those phones up now!
2) CALL FIRST - THEN SEND A FOLLOW UP EMAIL. Your calls should be short and is very important. To explain in more detail why your family wants this, send a follow up note here.
3) ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP BY POSTING THIS ON FACEBOOK.
"Help me get autism insurance reform for California! Call Speaker Perez at 916.319.2046 and Assemblymember Fuentes at 916.319.2039 and tell them "It's time to move AB 171 off the suspense file." Then write DONE below!"
Encourage your friends in the comments below the post to cut and paste this and put it as their status.
Working together we can achieve this in the state of California this year. But it will take everyone participating and letting your legislators know that your family really wants this.
To learn more about California Autism Insurance Reform visit www.autismvotes.org/California.
Director, State Based Advocacy
State Advocacy Chair, California