BAD AMENDMENT TO BE INTRODUCED ON THE FLOOR - TAKE ACTION

 

We need your help ASAP regarding an amendment that may be introduced in the Assembly floor on Thursday by Representative Ziegelbauer from Manitowoc.

THE AMMENDMENT WOULD WEAKEN THE BILL AND WOULD PUT AN UNECESSARY BURDEN ON FAMILIES.

 

SO, WHAT IS THE AMENDMENT ABOUT?

The amendment is not out yet, so I do not have any specifics, but Representative Ziegelbauer plans to introduce an amendment on the Assembly floor on Thursday that would require families to pay back the cost of hearing aids or cochlear implants and related services if they chose to leave their insurance plan before a years time. So, if a family carried a health insurance plan for less than one year, they could be made to pay back the costs associated with the hearing intervention.

 

Why is this a bad idea?

1) There is no other health condition that requires that a person pay back the cost of treatment if they chose to drop their insurance. This is unheard of and is a terrible precedence. Again, it is treating children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families in a discriminatory way, which is exactly what we are trying to get away from!

2) It restricts families from advancing in their work and life. So, if someone were offered a job that paid more or advanced their career, they would be forced to decide to pay back a lot of money to the insurance company, or forgo the opportunity to advance.

3) Representative Ziegelbauer and other Representatives who are for this amendment are concerned that families will choose to get insurance only to pay for hearing aids or cochlear implants and then once received will drop coverage causing a hardship for insurance companies. First, there is absolutely no evidence that this would occur; it is merely speculation. Second, the incentive for families is to keep insurance, not drop it. If a child receives a hearing aid and in particular a cochlear implant, there are follow-up appointments and adjustments that would keep families from wanting to discontinue treatment. Therefore, families are much more likely to keep coverage.

 

TAKE ACTION NOW

If you are in Bob Zeigelbauer’s District, please call him ASAP and ask him NOT to introduce this amendment and why. His district includes the city of Manitowoc and the Villages of Cleveland, Reedsville, St. Nazianz, Valders, and Whitelaw.

 

He can be reached at:

Madison office phone: (608) 266-0315 Or (888) 529-0025

 

District Phone number: (920) 684-6783

 

Email Address: Rep.Ziegelbauer@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

Tell his staff your concerns, but also ask to speak to him directly. He does have a cell phone number, which you can ask for from his staff.  If no one answers in his office, leave a message, but keep trying back to speak to someone directly.

 

 

 

If you are NOT a voter in Representative Ziegelbauer’s district, contact your Assembly Representative to tell them that an amendment may be introduced and why you want them to vote against the amendment! If you do not know your Assembly Representative, click here: http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

 

OK, the more phone calls and emails and contacts we can make informing Assembly Representatives how we feel, the better! Pass this email far and wide as quickly as you can and place the calls ASAP.

 

Thanks!!