Citing New Reports, Advocates Launch #VoteHealthCare Campaign

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*An email mistakenly identifies the press conference time as 10:00 am on Monday, Oct 17. The correct time is 9:00 am EST.

In 2016, Floridians face the most consequential election for health care in a long time.  Zika concerns persist while Floridians are experiencing growing rates of health disparities and disease in cities like MiamiOrlando, and Tampa. These are disturbing trends for a state with 3 million uninsured residents including 567,000 trapped in the coverage gap.

Yet, Florida’s Legislature continues to reject the return of billions of Florida’s tax dollars to help those Floridians. This is despite the fact that polling reveals wide support in the state to provide more health coverage to hard working, low-income Floridians. A recent survey by the Texas Medical Center found 68 percent of Floridians support closing the coverage gap.

This election, Floridians should send a clear message to our state lawmakers about what their priorities should be. On November 8, all Floridians should #VoteHealthCare.

It’s important to understand where your local candidates stand on this critical health care issue. On Monday, October 17, join Florida CHAIN, Mi Familia Vota, the Tampa Bay Health Care Collaborative, and the League of Women Voters of Florida for a tele-press conference to unveil our #VoteHealthCare campaign.

WHO: Anne Swerlick, Florida CHAIN; Carrie Hepburn, Tampa Bay Health Care Collaborative; Esteban Garces, Mi Familia Vota; and Pamela Goodman, League of Women Voters of Florida

WHAT: Launch of #VoteHealthCare featuring new online resources for Florida voters including statewide and regional voter guides.

WHEN: Monday October 17, 2016 @ 9:00 am

WHERE: To join online, visit: www.speek.com/floridachain

To join by phone, dial: 571-297-3003 PIN: 69939024

The Florida Health Alliance Voter Guide is here to help voters identify where candidates stand on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. The candidates’ positions were compiled from prior legislative votes, campaign websites, press clips, candidate forums, and candidate questionnaires.

To learn more about where our state candidates stand on other issues affecting health care visit these other incredible resources from the Tampa Bay Health Care Collaborative and the League of Women Voters of Florida.

The power to close the coverage gap lies in the hands of those we chose to represent us. That’s why in 2016, it’s more important than ever to #VoteHealthCare.