On March 18, Rep. John Katko, a Republican from New York’s 24th District, introduced the Mary Jo Lawyer-Spano Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act of 2019 (H.R. 1824) into Congress.
A sponsor of previous iterations of legislation to create a Mesothelioma Patient Registry, Rep. Katko strongly supports the Insulators Union’s health initiatives. Upon its introduction, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
General President McCourt wrote a letter of support to Rep. Katko and thanked him for, “… your leadership to introduce this significant health care legislation that will greatly improve our understanding of mesothelioma, an asbestos-exposure cancer disease that has affected so many of our members and their families.”
To generate support for this legislation, all Insulators Union Brothers and Sisters in the United States are encouraged to contact their representative in the U.S. House and encourage their support for the Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act of 2019 (H.R. 1824). You can find your member of Congress by clicking here.
HFIAW Government Affairs Director Chip Gardiner created a form letter that can be used to express how important this bill is to you and your family, as well as encourage your representative to support the legislation. The letter can be found by following this link.
Please take a few minutes to use this template to craft a letter or email you can send to your elected official.
Your outreach to Congress makes a difference, and we hope our elected officials will be responsive to communications from their constituents.
New articles will be added to the Insulators Government Affairs blog as more information about this bill is released.