Writing a letter is easy with our 4-step toolkit!
The National Council would like to take a moment to thank the thousands of individuals who responded to our call to action and signed on to a national letter urging Congress to preserve Medicaid and behavioral health services during the Supercommittee negotiations.
Together, we’re making our voices heard in Washington. But the fight isn’t over yet – members of the Supercommittee continue to propose savings plans that would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from important health programs, including the healthcare safety net. With a deal yet to be struck, NOW is the time for us to keep fighting for these critical programs!
Legislators need to keep hearing from their constituents about the impact these cuts could have in their districts – they need to hear from YOU.
A Simple Way to Amplify Your Message – and Your Impact
By writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, you can help sway opinions.
Whether this is your first time writing a letter to the editor, or if your letters are published on a weekly basis, the process is easy.
Just follow these 4 steps:
2. Fill in the brackets [ ] with information about your organization or community.
3. Look at your most recent copy of the local newspaper to find out how to submit letters. You’ll usually find an email or mailing address in the small print on the back of the front page. Many newspapers also have easy online forms for submitting letters.
4. If your letter is published, email Rebecca Farley at RebeccaF@thenationalcouncil.org to let us know!
Need inspiration? Check out these letters by your colleagues from Michigan, Massachusetts and California to see how they put this toolkit to work:
- “Cutting Medicaid will do America much more harm than good” A letter by David Camara, Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, published Oct. 22 in The Bakersfield Californian
- “Behavioral health and Medicaid cuts” A letter by Vic DiGravio, Massachusetts Association for Behavioral Healthcare, published Oct. 27 in the MetroWest Daily News
- “Congressional group must spare Medicaid” A letter by Cheri Jessup, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov.13 in the Tri-County Times Herald
- “Stand Against Cuts to Medicaid” A letter by Michael McCartan, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 15 in The Voice
- “Many rely on Medicaid” A letter by Marcella Cameron, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 16 in the Tri-City Times
- “Protect those in need” A letter by Linda Hawley, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 16 in The Voice
- “Loss of Medicaid funding would harm local economy” A letter by Debra Johnson, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 22 in the Tri-City Times
- “Community Counseling Endangered by Medicaid Cuts” A letter by Philip Shea, Community Counseling Center of Bristol County, published Nov. 21 in the Taunton Daily Gazette
- “Cutting Medicaid would be cruel to our county” A letter by Dr. Thomas Seilheimer, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, published Nov. 19 in the Tri-County Times Herald
As always, thank you for your tireless advocacy on behalf of the behavioral health safety net!
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