- Find your representative and his/her contact information
To find your representative, visit www.house.gov and enter your zip code in the search box in the upper left corner. The next page will direct you to your representative’s website. You can find your representative’s contact information on his/her homepage. (A web form is a secure method of e-mail, which members of Congress use instead of traditional e-mail.)
- Prepare your message
Begin with an introduction of yourself and your issue of concern.
EX: My name is Sally George. I am a constituent of Rep. Price and I want his support for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
Next, explain in a few sentences why the issue is important and how if affects you personally.
EX: The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act protects Americans from the misuse of genetic information in employment and insurance decisions. Many Americans forgo beneficial testing due to fear that they may be discriminated against from abuse of their genetic information. Personally, I have been dealing with this fear for several years. My mother and aunt died from breast cancer, and I know that I may carry the genetic mutation that causes this illness, but I am afraid of being denied health insurance if I do test positively for this gene. If I do the genetic test and do have the genetic mutation, them I have courses of action available to me, which may save my life. This is a very tough decision and I feel like I am stuck. If the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act were to pass, I could take the step to get tested, knowing that I am protected by law.
Finally, ask for the member of Congress to take concrete action on the issue.
EX: As my congressman, I would appreciate Rep. Price to show his support of this important legislation by voting for the bill.
- Call your representative
When you call, ask to speak with the Health LA. If he/she is not available, leave a detailed message including your full contact information and make sure to stress that you want your representative to vote for Gina.
- Share the news!
Let your friends and family know how easy the process was and encourage them to join in and contact their members of Congress. Think of other members in your community who have an interest in the issue and get the word out to them to contact their members of Congress. Remember, the more people who contact Congress in support of an issue, the more likely Congress will act favorable on that issue.
For more information, visit the Coalition's action page:
Coalition for Genetic Fairness
4301 Connecticut Avenue NW #404
Washington DC 20008-2369