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Calling All Advocates!
Monday, July 28 is World Hepatitis Day!
The Caring Ambassadors Program needs your help. World Hepatitis Day is July 28th and we are seeking your help in reaching our Congressman to let them know they need to support the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act, House bill HR3723 & Senate S.2538.
- Call your Congressman and Senators and ask them to make Viral Hepatitis a priority. We want to hear the phones ringing off the hook in every office we go into on July 28th.
- Please Join us in Washington D.C for Hill Visits. If you plan on attending hill visits contact Lorren Sandt at Lorren@CaringAmbassadors.org
- If you are unable to attend hill visits, consider an in district meeting with your State’s Representatives.
Here are sample scripts and contact information:
Call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at 1-888-876-6242 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative. When you are connected, ask for the staff person who handles health care issues. Whether you speak directly to the staff person or leave a message, tell him/her: “My name is _____________ and I live in (city/state). I am calling to urge Representative _____________ to become aware of the hepatitis crisis in our country. Representative ___________, were you aware that there are an estimated 5 million Americans infected with hepatitis B and/or C? What’s worse is the majority are unaware of their status. Without awareness of status treatment isn’t possible. Chronic hepatitis B and C can lead to liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Hepatitis B and C are the leading cause of liver cancer. Liver Cancer is the #2 cancer killer in the world. Viral Hepatitis is a serious disease that can be prevented. I urge you to support any active legislation or funding for the education, prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis.
Next, call both of your two U.S. Senators (using the Capitol Switchboard number toll-free at 1-888-876-6242) and deliver the same message to their health care staff.