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Help enact MS Society initiated Maine legislation LD365

June 24, 2015

Action needed immediately!!!!

Help enact MS Society initiated Maine legislation LD365 to support people with disabilities and seniors living safely at home!!!

Issue Background

LD 365 was introduced by Rep Arthur Verow, Brewer, at the request of the National MS Society.  LD365 provides a state income tax credit up to $9,000 for lower and middle income individuals who make accessibility modifications to their home. This bill will be an important contributor to helping people in Maine remain in their homes, even as they struggle with aging or disability. There is strong evidence the savings from reduced falls, hospitalizations and even nursing home placement due to disability would far outweigh the costs of the tax credit.  This bill is a wise investment in Maine's housing stock and our aging population.

Take Action

Step 1Identify key legislators to target

Review the list below of legislative members who serve on the Maine Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee. If your member is listed please contact them. If not please contact the committee chairs at the least and feel free to contact other members by email. Appropriations is deciding this week whether or not to fund LD365 so your email requesting support is timely and critical. Please email today!!!!!!!

****Emails are the highly preferable, most effective method vs. phone calls and the best way to ensure your voice is heard and the message is received.

Step 2Draft your Sample message by email

Key points    you can cut and paste this, inserting personal information:

 

Dear  ___________,

My name is xx and I live in (name of town).  I have MS/have a famiy member/friend that lives with MS.

I am writing to request that you vote to fund LD365 currently on the Appropriations Table. LD 365 will help people in Maine remain in their homes, even as they struggle with aging or disability at a very modest cost to the state.  Every Mainer deserves to age in place safely and some people just need a little more help financially to do so. LD365 will reduce the cost of falls and premature nursing home placement for so many of us.

Thank you so much for supporting me and my family members and please vote to fund LD 365,

Sincerely,

Name

Address

Phone number


Co-chairs are the highest priority if your members who represent you are not listed below

Senator James Hamper of Oxford, Chair
R, Senate District 19 
1023 King Street, OXFORD, ME 04270 
James.Hamper@legislature.maine.gov   
Phone: 207-539-4586

Representative Margaret Rotundo of Lewiston, Chair
D, House District 59 
446 College Street LEWISTON, ME 04240 
Margaret.Rotundo@legislature.maine.gov     
207-784-3259

 

Full Committee Members

Senator Roger Katz of Kennebec
R, Senate District 15
3 Westview Street AUGUSTA, ME 04330 
Roger.Katz@legislature.maine.gov        
207-485-2394

Senator Linda Valentino of York
D, Senate District 31
P.O. Box 1049 SACO, ME 04072
Linda.Valentino@legislature.maine.gov
207-282-5227

Representative Aaron Frey of Bangor
D, House District 124 
PO Box 74 Bangor, ME 04402  
Aaron.Frey@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Andrew Gattine of Westbrook
D, House District 34 
529 Stroudwater Street Westbrook, ME 04092 
Andrew.Gattine@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Gay Grant of Gardiner
D, House District 83 
PO Box 4 South Gardiner, ME 04359 
Gay.Grant@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Erik Jorgensen of Portland
D, House District 41 
83 Highland Street Portland, ME 04103 
Erik.Jorgensen@legislature.maine.gov

Representative John Martin of Eagle Lake
D, House District 151  
PO Box 250 EAGLE LAKE, ME 04739 
John.Martin@legislature.maine.gov  
207-444-5556

Representative Robert Nutting of Oakland
R, House District 77 
P.O Box 100 Oakland, ME 04963
Robert.Nutting@legislature.maine.gov  
207-465-7139

Representative Heather Sirocki of Scarborough
R, House District 28
32 Glendale Circle SCARBOROUGH, ME 04074 
Heather.Sirocki@legislature.maine.gov  
207-883-5609

Representative Jeffrey Timberlake of Turner
R, House District 75 
284 Ricker Hill Road TURNER, ME 04282 
Jeffrey.Timberlake@legislature.maine.gov  
207-225-6016

Representative Tom Winsor of Norway
R, House District 71
107 Thurston Road NORWAY, ME 04268
207-527-2233
Tom.Winsor@legislature.maine.gov

About the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Society’s Greater New England Chapter serves 21,000 individuals and families affected by MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and by contacting the National MS Society at www.MSnewengland.org, or 1 800 FIGHT MS (344 4867).

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Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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