natalie Posted September 20, 2005 Share Posted September 20, 2005 I received this via email today... The American Cancer Society needs your help now. SB 576 is on Governor Schwarzenegger's desk for his signature or veto. California needs SB 576...it will save lives. The American Cancer Society co-sponsored this bill that will require all health plans and health insurers to provide coverage for physician intervention and two course of tobacco cessation treatment per year, including a minimum of four 30 minute counseling sessions and/or FDA approved pharmacotherapy-both prescription and over-the-counter tobacco cessation mediation. This is the most important tobacco control legislation to pass the state legislature since the smoke-free workplace bill passed in 1994. But we are getting preliminary indications that the governor is inclined to veto the bill! We need you to Take Action now and write, email or fax Governor Schwarzenegger. Let him know you are an American Cancer Society volunteer and you vote. Tell him to sign SB 576 ... it is the right thing to do. Please pick up your pen and write a letter or send an email immediately. You do make a difference...show your power! Send your letter or email to the following address: Letter: The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor of California State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Email: http://www.govmail.ca.gov (http://www.govmail.ca.gov/) Fax: 916-445-4633 ADDITIONAL SPEAKING POINTS Ø The American Cancer Society is sponsoring SB 576 to help more California smokers quit smoking for good. Ø In California, 16.6% of adults smoke-that's 4.2 million adult smokers. Ø Only one in five Californians has health insurance that provides comprehensive coverage for smoking cessation. Ø Tobacco use is addictive and as many smokers know so well, quitting is difficult. If a person is addicted to heroin or cocaine they are eligible for treatment for substance abuse - why should a smoker addicted to nicotine not receive the same coverage? Ø This mandate will increase health insurance premiums only $4-$5 per person per year. This is a bargain considering how much it could reduce the $8.6 billion Californians spend on tobacco-related medical costs every year. REPORT BACK Please let us know that you've delivered the message on SB 576 to Governor Schwarzenegger. Call: 800-252-6066, Ext. 302 Email: Ann.Gourefirstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:Ann.Goureemail@example.com) Thank you! Ann Gouré Director, Grassroots and Media Advocacy American Cancer Society California Division Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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