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FINAL VOTES IMMINENT: Contact all Lawmakers to Include Nonprofits in Relief Package

At Lutheran Services in America we are continuing our active engagement in efforts to help protect our members’ business continuity during the current crisis. Now, lawmakers in both the Senate and House are finishing the final version of an economic rescue package to offer relief to businesses and nonprofits through loans and grants: the time is NOW to contact them, or contact them again. The more lawmakers hear from us, the better.

We are urging lawmakers to include language in the bill that would allow nonprofits that receive Medicaid payments and those with over 500 employees to receive zero- and low-interest loans, including senior living facilities, child welfare organizations, organizations serving people with disabilities, and many others.

We ask that you and your colleagues call and email your lawmakers NOW to urge them to include this language before voting on the bill.  We are also asking them to include additional financial support for senior living communities as they navigate this crisis with the older adults in their communities. We have provided a link below to email your lawmakers, as well as suggested phone script language and a sample tweet for your use. There is strength in numbers, and the more people who can reach out, the better.

Ways You Can Take Action

  • Option 1: Write to your lawmakers through our advocacy tool where we provide suggested language.
     
  • Option 2: Contact your lawmakers by phone using the suggested talking points below. You can find your Senators and their phone numbers here. Suggested messaging you may wish to use during your call:
     
    • I’m calling in regard to the third coronavirus relief package being prepared for final votes now.  My organization serves (X#) people [IF APPLICABLE: and receives (Y%) of our funding from Medicaid. I am gravely concerned that the bill currently excludes my organization and other nonprofits that receive Medicaid payments from zero- and low-interest small business loans.] Like many nonprofit health and human service organizations, we are on the front lines caring for Americans during the pandemic, and are in crisis mode. We are incurring additional expenses and our cash reserves and margins already are tight. The fact is we cannot retain our employees and provide our services that help so many vulnerable people in our state without this support.  I urge you to include nonprofits that receive Medicaid payments as eligible applicants for these much-needed small-business loans. I also ask that you expressly include charitable nonprofits that employ over 500 employees in the bill and include additional financial support for senior living communities as they navigate this crisis with the older adults in their communities. So many people in our state are relying on our organization, and we’re relying on you.
       
  • Option 3: Since lawmakers’ staff consistently monitor their social media pages, reaching out via their Twitter pages is also useful.
    • You can find your lawmakers and their twitter handles here.
    • Suggested tweet:
      • [Insert your lawmaker’s Twitter handle here] #Coronavirus relief bill MUST make nonprofits who get Medicaid reimbursements eligible for $ relief + support senior living communities: nonprofits like SNFs + child welfare agencies + senior living are on frontlines of fight & under severe financial stress.

Thank you for your efforts!

Need more information? Please contact Sarah Dobson, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at sdobson@lutheranservices.org or 202-499-5832 or Dania Douglas, Director of Policy and Advocacy, LSA-DN at ddouglas@lutheranservices.org or (202) 499-5831.