Thus far, I've received email responses from Senators Alexander and Corker. While Senator Alexander's email seemed to be a more generic one about health care, Senator Corker did specifically address the issue of inflammatory bowel disease and the bill.
Unfortunately, I've had no contact with Congressman Tanner yet. I did send a follow up email yesterday asking for his support of the bill and offering time to meet with him.
I've been hesitant to place calls to the offices of the aforementioned legislators until I speak with Steve Goodman, a member of the CCFA National Board's Public Outreach and Partnership Subcommittee. Goodman will be able to provide the necessary training and advice in order to be a more successful advocate. I will take part in a conference call within the next few weeks.
I have sent thank you emails to several key legislators who have already co-sponsored the bill and have reached out to Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY 1st District) about supporting the bill.
I did receive an immediate email response from Congressman Whitfield:
"Thank you for contacting me to express your views. I believe effective government can only be achieved with an open and constructive dialogue. For this reason, your input is especially helpful to me. I will respond to your views with a more detailed correspondence via standard mail."
I will continue my efforts to educate legislators about inflammatory bowel disease and, in the process, raise awareness within my community & online.
Again, I encourage you to research this bill and ask your local legislators for co-sponsorship.
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