This is a very important issue for motorcyclists across the country. We have been set up for a screwing by one of our "Administrations" which was clearly a result of undo influence from the Insurance Lobby. Your Group Health Care Insurance provider cannot deny you coverage because you ride BUT they can refuse to pay any benefit claim if you are injured in an accident on your bike.
We have an opportunity to correct this injustice RIGHT NOW. There are two bills in Congress (House and Senate versions) to close this loophole. Follow the directions and let your guys in Washington know that there is broad support among their constituents to pass this legislation.
Go to AMA Direct Link.com
In the left column, top item, click on AMA RAPID RESPONSE CENTER
The next screen will show (4) four ACTION ALERTS. Click on the one for the HOUSE INTRODUCES HEALTH INSURANCE BILL FOR MOTORCYCLISTS.
Use the scroll down bar immediately adjacent to the text and fill in your name and address information. Fill in your name in the box labeled "Your Closing:".
Finally, click on the "Send Message" box. This will go to the Congressman in your District. It knows who he (she) is from your address.
Go back to the ACTION ALERTS screen and repeat the process for the one titled "SENATE INTRODUCES HEALTH INSURANCE BILL FOR MOTORCYCLISTS". This will go to your Senators.
Note that there are instructions for editing the AMA text if you care to change anything or add your own comments. If you choose to do so, keep it clean and polite.
There are 2 links: one to the House, and one to the Senate. I did it! And you need to do it too!
Again, believe me, I know what I'm talking about here. The most effective way to prevent something like this is through a grassroots campaign involving the efforts of everyday citizens, meaning EVERYONE signs on this petition or eMails their Congressmen. You can use the link from the AMA, or you can choose a different route.
Here's a link to the US Legislative Branch
Here you can find your US Congressmen and Senators. Simply eMail them your thoughts against this unfair proposition. They will not contact you and engage in a mind boggling, tongue twisting discussion that challenges your knowledge of the Bill making process. They just need to hear from us, and eMail is very effective.
Think about it, the lawmaker hears from a lobbyist in favor and ten thousand citizens against. What direction do you think he'll take. Maybe one out of a dozen will go with the special interests group, so that 11 of 12... pretty good odds... so don't let a negative thought prevent you from making a positive change.
Also, many of us are members on other Boards. I'll encourage you to post this important information on those sites also.
I found this on another board that is specfic to the VFR but I think everyone can use 5 or 10 minutes of their time to keep their asses insured properly. This issue is important to all of us and the more people showing that they care will likely have an influence. Although I don't care for the way our government is being ran, we can't influence their decisions without voicing our opinion!!! Thanks guys, and the few gals around here.