Advocacy

Advocacy Toolkit

Mission of the MSNO and
an Overview of Our Organization.

Pending Bills of Concern

Board Members, Standing Committee
& Regional Chairs

Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy Infographics/Flyers
The following flyers provide valuable information on important advocacy topics supported by the MSNO:

Billing MassHealth for Services

Every Child Needs a School Nurse

Nurses in the Educational Setting

Find Your Legislator
Mass. Legislature Bills / Committees
How to Write a Letter to your Legislator

Address the letter with proper titles:

  • The Governor: “His Excellency Charlie Baker.”
  • The Lieutenant Governor: “The Honorable Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito”.
  • Your state senator, state representative, U.S. Senator or U.S. Congressman: “The Honorable.”

Salutations: “Dear Governor, Senator or Representative…” Address: State House Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Helpful Hints:

  • Always identify yourself as a nurse and a constituent.
  • Make reference to the bill or act you want them to support.
  • Include brief reasons.
  • If possible give examples.
  • Ask for a response.
  • When signing, include your complete name, title, organizational membership, address and telephone number. Remember that it can take just a few contacts from constituents to influence a vote in the legislature.
Sample Letter

The Honorable Representative/Senator: (Name)
Room (Room #) State House
Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Representative or Senator: (Name)

I am one of over 2,100 school nurses in Massachusetts who is concerned with the safety and health care of the children in Massachusetts. Children attending schools today are faced not only with the usual common infectious diseases; they face the threat of other major health problems not always well understood by teachers, parents, and the communities. Special needs children integrating into the classrooms of every town have significant health and nursing needs. The administration of medication and monitoring their effects, coupled with the needs of children from dysfunctional families, further complicate the picture of school health.

Please watch for upcoming legislation for expansion of Chapter 71, Section 3, M.G.L. or bill #. We urge you to support an act/or Bill # of providing a minimum of one school nurse for every public and non- public school building in the Commonwealth.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Sincerely,

Your name, RN (other credentials)
Address and telephone number

Telephone Protocol

Senator Lobby: 1-617-722-2000

House of Representatives: 1-617-722-2800

  • Hello, my name is:
  • I live in (town):
  • May I speak to the legislative staff person?
  • I am a school nurse in (school town):
  • I am urging Senator/Representative to vote for (Bill # or Act#)
How to Write for Testimony
  • Name the title of Bill or Act.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Use personal experience. Your expertise is valued.
  • “I am a registered nurse. I have….years experience in….”
  • State your purpose. Know your argument. Are you for or against?
  • Support arguments with facts. Every fact should be related to the argument. Don’t go off on tangents or try to make too many separate arguments. Keep it simple. Have one central idea in mind.
  • Give examples.
  • Avoid quotes from someone else. They are just quotes. It does not really help to support your argument.
  • Use short sentences. Avoid overly technical or “fancy” words.
  • You should acknowledge the other side. Let the reader know you are aware of arguments on the other side. If you can rebut them, do so.
Testifying at the State House
Similar to written testimony and you can leave your speech.

You will have only THREE minutes to speak….be concise, make eye contact and speak slowly!

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Name the title of Bill or Act.
  • Use personal experience. Your expertise is valued.
  • “I am a registered nurse. I have….years experience in….”
  • State your purpose. Know your argument. Are you for or against?
  • Support arguments with facts. Every fact should be related to the argument. Don’t go off on tangents or try to make too many separate arguments. Keep it simple. Have one central idea in mind.
  • Give examples. Use short sentences. Avoid overly technical or “fancy” words.
  • If they ask a question, tell them you appreciate the question, if you definitely know the answer you can reply. If you don’t know, tell them you will find out and get back to them…then get back to them!
  • You should acknowledge the other side. Let the committee members know you are aware of arguments on the other side. If you can rebut them, do so.
  • Thank them for their attention and for keeping the students in Massachusetts safe in school.

Pending Bills of Concern

Bill Search / Find Your Legislator
MA Legislation – May 2019

MSNO Bills Assigned to Committees for Review

  • Return school nursing billed Medicaid funds directly back to School Health Services programming, including behavioral health assessment, case management, health education, social emotional learning and health support, and other related school health services. The House and Senate version language is the same; only the title is different.
  • Update the MA postural screening law to decrease the frequency of postural screening in public school from all students in grades 5-9 every year to all students in one of the following grades every year: 6, 7, 8 or 9. The House and Senate version language is the same.

PDF of Summary of Bills

MA Legislation – February 2019

Thank You to our MA Legislators in support of co-sponsoring our bills of concern!

For the list of legislator support please click the link:

Legislature Co-Sponsorship

MA Legislation – January 2019

Action Needed on 2 Bills Filed in the MA House & Senate

Medicaid bills

  • Senate bill #1966, An Act relative to MassHealth provider reimbursement, filed by Sen. deMacedo
  • House bill #2904, A Act Relative to the reimbursement of school-based care, filed by Rep. Garlick

Postural Screening bills

  • Senate bill #1995, An Act to update postural screening requirements in schools, filed by Sen Cyr
  • House bill # 2899, An Act to update postural screening requirements in schools, filed by Rep Khan
Strategic Sample Co-Sponsorship Request Letters and Script

All letters can be copied and pasted to MS Word or Google Docs and changed for your needs

Federal Legislation – 2018
NURSE ACT:

  • Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced the Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere (NURSE) Act in both the Senate and House.
  • The bills numbers respectively are S 2532 and HR 5251.

More info on the NURSE Act