MomsRising Members across the Country to Urge Representatives to Protect Health Care at Town Halls
February 22, 2017
Nearly 1,500 members of MomsRising, a national organization of more than 1 million people fighting to boost family economic security, will attend town halls and other events this week to urge their members of Congress to protect health care coverage and not to gut health programs like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which boost our economy and are lifesavers for families across the country.
MomsRising members across the nation have confirmed they will attend at least 72 town halls, rallies, roundtables and other events, including those hosted by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). For instance, more than 300 members will show up to events in Florida, 220 in Pennsylvania and 156 in North Carolina.
At a town hall in New Orleans, Mandy Foster will tell her story about how the Affordable Care Act helped her afford health care despite her pre-existing condition:
I have chronic migraines. Prior to the ACA, I was turned down for health insurance by multiple companies for this pre-existing condition. Under the ACA, I have been able to receive excellent health care, with my choice of doctors and treatments. It would be devastating for me and my family if I was again excluded from health insurance, or had to pay premiums and deductibles so high as to render them unaffordable (I typically need between $8,000-$10,000 per year in medicines and treatments).
As Congress moves forward with plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, MomsRising members hope to educate members of Congress and the general public about how repealing or weakening these programs would devastate families and our economy.
MomsRising members have put constant pressure on Congress since January to rethink repealing the ACA. In fact, last month, members delivered books full of hundreds of stories from people who rely on the ACA, Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP to congressional offices in Washington D.C. and across the country. Many thousands more have sent letters and made phone calls urging representatives to protect health care coverage.
For more information or to speak to someone in your state about how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act, please contact Emily Hecker at 202-371-1999 or Emily@prsolutionsdc.com.