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Close the Coverage Gap in Nebraska

CloseTheGap_Social_Graphic_pngRight now, more than 54,000 working Nebraskans have no way to afford health insurance that we all need. This coverage gap results in enormous human and financial costs that can no longer be ignored.

The Nebraska Legislature can close this coverage gap and make health care make sense for all Nebraskans in 2015 by passing LB 472.

By redesigning our Medicaid system, we can bring billions of Nebraska tax dollars back to our state to boost our health care system while making sure all working Nebraskans – people like Amanda – can get the health care access that everyone needs.

We’re asking you to call or write your state senator and urge them to support LB 472, to make health care make sense for all Nebraskans.

LB 472 would:

  • Bring more than $1.8 billion of our tax dollars back home to provide health care for tens of thousands of our friends and neighbors.
  • Ensure the health care system works better for Nebraskans, lowers medical costs, and boosts our economy by providing thousands of jobs.
  • Prevent nearly 500 unnecessary deaths each year by closing the coverage gap and allowing people who desperately need medical care to see a doctor.

It is important your senator know you expect them to close the coverage gap. Contact them today and tell them to support LB 472 and make health care make sense for everyone.

Click here to contact your state senator


Act Now to Stop Separating Families

It’s time for Congress to take action for common-sense immigration laws!

Stop Separating Families

Failing to fix our outdated immigration laws hurts Nebraska’s communities, families, and economy. When there isn’t a clear, fair, and common-sense front door, we all pay the price. When there is no line to get in because our laws are out of date, our communities, families, and economy suffer.

Every day more than 400 U.S. citizen children are separated from a parent through detention or deportation. Every day, hardworking people and small businesses in Nebraska waste resources trying to navigate an antiquated, unworkable system. The American thing to do is to find a better way, update our laws, and create a strong foundation for our future.

The President’s recently announced administrative relief is a wise, but temporary first step toward addressing this problem. The true solution is for Congress to pass common-sense immigration laws with a clear process for citizenship.

Call your Congressman today and urge him to take action for common-sense immigration laws with a clear process for citizenship for our families and future.

District 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (202) 225-4806 or (402) 438-1598

District 2 – Rep. Brad Ashford (202) 225-4155

District 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (202) 225-6435 or (308) 384-3900


Take Action to stop crippling work injuries and contaminated chicken

Hilary O. Shelton of the NAACP appears with members of the Congressional Black Caucus at a news conference Thursday in Washington, D.C.  (Photo credit: Congressional Black Caucus)

Hilary O. Shelton of the NAACP appears with members of the Congressional Black Caucus at a news conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Congressional Black Caucus)

Pain and crippling injuries are a common outcome for the people making tens of thousands of movements per shift in meat and poultry processing. In the words of workers:

  • “I’m doomed.  My injuries are permanent.  But think about the younger people and how we could prevent harm coming to them.”
  • “Slavery still exists today.  It’s been mechanized and it happens during a 40-hour week.”
  • “The pain was so bad that it kept me awake at night.”

It’s about to get worse in poultry processing. Despite Congressional leaders, workers, and civil rights advocates holding a House briefing to urge the Administration to stop a new USDA rule that  allows poultry processing plants to increase the speed of the line, replace federal inspectors with plant employees, and jeopardize the safety of our food, the rule has been implemented.


Call your U.S. senators to slow work speed in meat and poultry plants. Click your state for your US Senators’ contact pages:

If you would like to contact your Nebraska representatives, here is their information:

District 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (202) 225-4806 or (402) 438-1598
District 2 – Rep. Brad Ashford (202) 225-4155
District 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (202) 225-6435 or (308) 384-3900