Parental rights re: immunizations, health care, etc., action needed now!

Folks,

I don’t post these very often, but our dear friend and defender of freedom, Treon Goossen, has allowed me to re-post her alert for action.  Please prayerfully consider taking action now.  Also, please consider donating ANY AMOUNT to Treon at the links below for she is one tough cookie who operates on a shoestring burning up the miles needing a lot of gas money at the very least!  May God have mercy on our state…

Mike Chapa
Executive Director

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Dear Friends,
HB 14-1288, the bill which regulates the personal exemption from immunizations is scheduled for hearing in the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee on Thursday, March 13th. The time is 1:30 p.m. in HCR 0107.  It is currently first on the agenda.  Action information will be included once again later in this email.
SB 14-032 is scheduled for hearing (For Action Only) on Wednesday, February 26th.  This is the bill which restores the right of parents to choose a health care provider for their children of any age – including alternative health care practitioners.  No testimony will be allowed.  This bill is up for committee discussion andvote.
HB 14-1039, which is the proposal to link student data preschool to kindergarten, is scheduled for hearing on March 17th, 1:30 p.m., HCR 0112.
Here are the committee members for the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee and their contact information in relation to HB 14-1288:
Rep.  Pabon (D) 303-866-2954 dan.pabon.house@state.co.us
Rep. Court (D)  303-866-2967 lois.court.house@state.co.us
Rep. Gardner (R) 303-866-2191 bob.gardner.house@state.co.us
Rep. Gerou (R) 303-866-2582 cheri.gerou@gmail.com
Rep. Ginal (D) 303-866-4569 joann.ginal.house@state.co.us
Rep. Labuda (D) 303-866-2966 jeanne.labuda.house@state.co.us
Rep. McCann (D) – Chair House Health Committee 303-866-2959 beth.mccann.house@state.co.us
Rep. McNulty (R) 303-866-2936 frank@frankmcnulty.com
Rep. Peniston (D) 303-866-2843 cherylin.peniston.house@state.co.us
Rep. Schafer (D) – Vice Chair House Health 303-866-5522 sue.schafer.house@state.co.us
Senator Aguilar (D)– Chair Senate Health 303-866-4852 irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us
Senator Guzman (D) 303-866-4862 lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us
Senator Todd (D) 303-866-3432 nancy.todd.senate@state.co.us
Senator Ulibarri (D) 303-866-4857 senator.ulibarri@gmail.com

From Cindy Loveland, NVIC:

HB 1288 was introduced on Feb. 20, 2014 and referred to the House Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee.  This bill is sponsored in the house by Representative Pabon and co-sponsored by Representatives Court, Gardner, Gerou, Ginal, Labuda, McCann, McNulty, Peniston and Schafer. The senate sponsors are Senator Aguilar as the primary sponsor and Senators Guzman, Todd and Ulibarri as co-sponsors.

The bill would require parents who choose to delay or exempt their child from one or more of the vaccines required for school in Colorado for personal beliefs reasons to obtain the signature of a physician or authorized representative of the Dept. of health or a certificate of completion of an on-line education module developed by the Infant Immunization Program at the Dept. of Health.

The bill would allow the State Board of Health to determine the content of the information and how often parents will have to submit to the new requirements.

Schools will be required to make the immunization and exemption rates of their student population publicly available.

If passed the new laws would go into effect July 1, 2015.

http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2014a/csl.nsf/billcontainers/94D61307D2B5926387257C360075EBCB/$FILE/1288_01.pdf – text of HB 1288

ACTION NEEDED NOW:

1)    Contact members of the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee and tell them to oppose HB 1288.

2)    Contact your own Colorado State House Member and tell them to oppose HB 1288 if the bill goes to the full house for a vote.

3) Plan on attending the hearing in the House Health, Insurance and Environment.

TALKING POINTS:

Colorado does not have a public health crisis because some parents choose to exempt their children from one or more of the vaccines required for school in Colorado.

  • ·         The CDC report used to support the idea that Colorado has “among the highest rates of personal belief exemptions in the nation”, 4.3%, was a simple random survey of only 350 of the estimated 70,657 kindergarten students in Colorado, or .5%. This report actually shows exemption rates went down from the year before and that CO was the 4th most improved state.  (1)
  • ·         According to the National Immunization Survey conducted by the CDC, Colorado actually increased vaccination coverage for all vaccines for children 19 to 35 months old from 2011 to 2012.  (2)
  • ·         According to the 2013 annual report from America’s Health Rankings, Colorado immunization rates for children 19 to 35 months old is 71.7%, well above the national average of 68.4%. (3)
  • ·         CDPHE’s own surveillance data from 2001 shows the majority of pertussis and chicken pox cases in Colorado were in children who were already vaccinated.  66.7 percent of the 289 children between 7 months and 17 years of age who got whooping cough were appropriately vaccinated (4)
  • ·         Non vaccinated children are not driving current outbreaks of pertussis and none of the recommended changes from the stakeholder report would have prevented the outbreak. (5) 

(1) http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6230a3.htm

(2) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/stats-surv/nis/tables/12/diff_2012_2011.pdf

(3) http://www.americashealthrankings.org/CO/Immunize/2013

(4) http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobheadername2=Content-Type&blobheadervalue1=inline%3B+filename%3D%22Vaccine+Preventable+Disease+Surveillance+Report%2C+2011.pdf%22&blobheadervalue2=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251840117554&ssbinary=true

(5) http://www.asm.org/index.php/asm-newsroom2/92-news-room/press-releases/92685-whooping-cough-vaccine-antigen-disappearing-from-bacteria-in-us

Keeping the watch,

Treon

Treon Goossen
Home Education Legislative Analyst/Liaison, CO
State Coordinator, ParentalRights.org
80 Hobe Creek Trail
Florissant, CO 80816
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