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February 2019 Legislative Update - Action Alert

Friday, February 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cherish Simmons
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Dear OANP Members and Supporters,

Things are clicking along on our pay parity efforts, and our legislative committee and key contacts have been working diligently behind the scenes. We had several lobbying days in 2018, and have continued to increase those efforts into 2019. As a result of these fruitful days, we have now tallied up 20 co-sponsors including 3 bipartisan chief co-sponsors!

Our bill was submitted to the Senate Committee on Health Care last week. We officially have a bill number, SB 734! Our first bill hearing is not yet scheduled, but we have a hope that it can be on the same day we have an even larger group of NDs advocating in Salem on Feb. 19th. If you are interested in attending, please email

We need your help:
Our next plan of action is to collect letters of support. We are requesting letters from patients, other provider types and NDs regarding the need for this bill to pass. I would like to ask that you help us by writing your own testimonial, and asking your patients and co-workers/friends to write a testimonial on behalf of the OANP. If you know people, this is not "nice to have", this is an essentiallevel of support we must gather in. 

See the testimonial templates here as Word documents:
ND Testimonial Template:

Other Provider Testimonial Template:

Patient Testimonial Template:


And here as PDFs:

ND Testimonial Template:


Other Provider Testimonial Template:

Patient Testimonial Template:

Important info:
- The due date for these letters is Wed. 2/13
- NDs can draft letters for patients and colleagues they would like to submit, if asked
- Please send letters to, I will be collecting and doing final reviews prior to submission.
If you are curious, here is our 1-page info sheet on the bill, which may be helpful as you are reaching out to those we need support from:,_fair_pay.pdf

Thank you for all of your kind words, offers of support and PAC donations. We need every single on of you to help us make this happen, and we are grateful for our the energy and enthusiasm of our community as we move this mountain.

Yours in advocacy,

Beth Martin

Executive Director

Other ways to support our efforts! We need the support of our phenomenal community:
- Renew your membership by clicking here
- Donate to the OANP Legislative Action fund by clicking here
Update your address so that we know which NDs we have in what districts. This helps us as

  we're doing outreach to legislators. If you work and live in different districts, put that information on your profile! 
- Reach out to your local representatives! Send them an email letting them know that you are a 

  constituent, and you vote - let them know the issue that NDs have around pay parity. Ask them to 

  meet you for coffee, they want to hear from you! Click here to find your representatives

- Get involved! Volunteer on a committee or a task force, email

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