The 2021 Mississippi Legislative Session began on January 5 and currently is expected to end on March 15. This is a great time for You're the Cure advocates across the state to speak up in one voice for policies that build healthier communities for all Mississippians.
We hope you'll join us throughout session to ask lawmakers to:
- Grow the Good by funding SNAP incentives that provide matching dollars to participating retailers and farmers markets for SNAP recipients to purchase additional fresh fruits and vegetables. We're thrilled Rep. Kent McCarty and Sen. Dennis Debar will champion the issue and file bills in support of this effort. Visit our Action Center to pledge to join us, to learn more about the issue, and to share your story with us!
- Put Water Within Reach for Students by ensuring water bottle filling stations are placed in all newly constructed schools and schools undergoing major renovations ($100k+ worth), as well as allowing students to carry water bottle to schools. We're excited Rep. Beckie Currie and Sen. Nicole Boyd will champion the issue and file bills in support of this effort. Visit our Action Center to pledge to help us, to learn more about the issue, and to share your story with us!
- Improve Access to Health Care by protecting and expanding Medicaid. This is sure to be a hot topic at the state capitol and one we're closely monitoring. We'll keep you posted as this unfolds.
Kathryn Rehner-Sullivan, Government Relations Director, and I will update you every step of the way throughout session and likely will send you a higher number of You're the Cure alerts than you're accustomed to outside of session. Watch your inbox for opportune times to call, email, or tweet your lawmakers. Also, stay tuned for details regarding the AHA's Digital Day of Action (date TBA), where you'll have the chance to raise awareness among lawmakers and even your family and friends about the need to Grow the Good and Put Water within Reach for Students.