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Action Alert: Oppose the House Farm Bill and Support the Preventive Health Savings Act

Monday, June 18, 2018  
Posted by: Allison Tilque
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New Action Alert released 6/14/18:  Even if you have sent Academy Action Alerts in the past, please take action today! We urge members to again contact their Congressmen to Oppose the House Farm Bill and Support the Preventative Health Savings Act. Contacting your Congressmen on these issues is easy using the Academy’s action center, linked below. Together, we can work with members of Congress to make positive impacts on the health of many.

Oppose the House Farm Bill

The House of Representatives may vote once again on its farm bill, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The Academy opposes the bill for a number of reasons. The bill would make changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that could result in more than 2 million people losing their benefits or having their benefits reduced. The Academy is also concerned that the bill would make substantial changes to nutrition education programs that empower people to make lasting, healthful choices.

Urge your member of Congress to oppose this bill and instead, work toward advancing a farm bill that strengthens these programs. Learn more about the Academy’s farm bill priorities here

Take Action now!

Support the Preventive Health Savings Act

As the chronic disease epidemic continues to worsen, the need is critical for legislation that will allow Congress to accurately assess the full savings of enacting prevention-focused measures. The conventional 10-year budget window that is used by the Congressional Budget Office fails to give Congress a complete picture of long-term savings from disease prevention efforts.

The Academy is asking members to ask Congress to co-sponsor the Preventive Health Savings Act (H.R. 2953/S. 2164). This bill would encourage a sensible economic review of proposed health policies and programs that Congress believes will improve public health.

Take Action now!

 

You can complete the Action Alert in less than 2 minutes. Either click on the Take Action now! links above or visit eatrightpro.org and sign in, click on "Advocacy" and then "Take Action" (under "Action Center"). Please note: The Academy's Action Center works best with Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome as your web browser; typically Safari is incompatible. After submitting the message, follow up with a phone call. Dial the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your representative. Use the action alert as talking points!