Joining Us for our Medicaid Expansion Lobby Day June 04? What you need to know about citizen advocacy…

Legislative Building in spring

16. W. Jones St.

You’ve probably heard that Medicaid expansion as part of implementing the Affordable  Care Act would have tremendous benefit for 500,000 North Carolinians currently living with insecure access to health care; and we’ve written before about the gains for NC Women if this expansion and implementation were realized. The NCGA is one of 24 states who have opted out of this expansion, but that doesn’t have to be the last word on it. Join us on Wednesday, June 04, to share with your representative and the NCGA why Medicaid Expansion is important to you, and good for the health of NC. Sign up here. Never lobbied your rep before (or maybe it’s been a while)? Don’t let that stop you: we will have training prior to your legislative visits, and an opportunity for you to practice what you’ve learned. Plus, you can join with your fellow citizen activists in your visits; it’s always more fun with more than one;).  If you need a quick primer before the day, see our tips below. And see you at the NCGA June 04!

Why is it important to meet with my legislators?
Your elected officials represent you, your interests and your views in Raleigh. Therefore, they are accountable to you! The primary goal of citizen lobbying is that you share your thoughts and opinions on the issues that matter most to you with your elected officials. The best way to do this is an in-person meeting!

What will my legislator expect of me?
Your legislator expects nothing more than you coming to your scheduled appointment on-time and sharing your views with him or her. They do NOT expect you to be an expert on every issue. Rest-assured that they are probably not experts on most of them either. As part of the day’s opening session, we will provide a lobbying training to help you feel even more comfortable! 

What am I going to talk about?
The most important topics to discuss with your legislators are the things that are on your mind and that impact your daily life.  We will provide you with information that our Medicaid coalition members and partners consider to be effective talking points on this issue.

That’s all fine, but I’m really new to all this and would like some more info.

If you want a  more complete overview of the lobbying process, please check these resources from our Women’s Advocacy Day archive. [Note the contact information in archive files may no longer be valid.]

How do I get to the NC General Assembly? 
The General Assembly website has directions and a map of public parking in the area. Once you are parked, enter the Legislative Building from the Jones Street side.

What if I want to get lunch afterwards? 
You’ll find a cafeteria and a snack bar in the basement of the Legislative Building and a snack bar on the first floor of the Legislative Office Building (see map of the buildings). If you want a break from the Legislature, both the museums of History and Natural Sciences (across Jones St. from the Legislative Building) have places to get food and there are many more options just a bit further.

What should I wear?
Professional dress is recommended. For instance, wear what you would to an interview for a job at a company where management dresses relatively formally (suits/dresses rather than “business casual”). On the other hand, it’s important to be yourself. It will be fine to wear clothes that you would normally wear to an important appointment with someone who will probably be wearing a business suit.

More questions?