This week we need your help with efforts at the state AND federal level. We encourage you to take just a few minutes to advocate for North Texas families. Simply follow these two easy steps:
1. Ask the Texas Legislature to support healthy moms and kids.
House Bill 133 and House Bill 290 are stuck in the Senate and haven’t received a hearing. These important bills would improve services and health outcomes for pregnant women and children by:
- Extending the length of time a new mom has Medicaid insurance to 12 months after pregnancy
- Reducing the number of mid-year Medicaid eligibility reviews to one income check at 6 months. The bill also would allow families 30 days to respond to the eligibility review.
Help us to encourage state leadership and members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee to give both bills a hearing!
2. Tell the U.S. Senate to stop predatory “rent-a-bank” lending.
Even though our eyes have been glued to the Texas Capitol for the past four months, we haven’t stopped tracking what’s happening in Washington, D.C. In the next few days, the U.S. Senate will vote on a resolution to block the federal rule that allows payday lenders to partner with national banks to avoid state interest rate caps and offer loans with interest rates of 179 percent or more. When permissible, payday lenders offer loans to customers that are deliberately unaffordable, trapping them in a cycle of debt that often leads to pay-outs that far exceed the original amount of the loan.
We would appreciate your help requesting our Senators—John Cornyn and Ted Cruz—to vote in favor of SJ Res 15, which would stop “rent-a-bank” lending and protect North Texans from this predatory practice.
Thank you for your continued support!
This article was published on: May 11, 2021