“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
On this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, these words remind us of what’s currently at stake. In the spirit of Dr. King and the impassioned movement he led, we find ourselves needing to come together for a common purpose. Protecting a basic human right, access to healthcare, something we have thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
We’re at a turning point. We can either go back to the days where:
- people can be denied coverage or charged more because of their gender or health conditions,
- low income working adults don’t qualify for Medicaid coverage,
- vital preventive services like wellness checkups, HIV testing, mammograms, cancer screenings and substance use screenings to combat the opioid epidemic aren’t included in every health plan
or we can build upon the progress we’ve made that has expanded health coverage to more than 20 million Americans, including almost 1.5 million Ohioans.
New research from Health Affairs has shown that community health centers, like Equitas Health, in states like Ohio, that embraced the Affordable Care Act, have connected more people to care, especially low income and underserved communities. The more people who have access and get connected to care, the better we can address issues like health disparities, improving quality of care, and making care more affordable.
The best way to fight the injustices that continue to exist in healthcare is if we join together and move forward. That’s why we’re pushing our federal legislators to #ProtectOurCare. We have to remember to speak out and let our voices be heard. Call Senator Rob Portman at (202) 224-3353 and your House Representative and tell them “I oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement that benefits all Americans, especially vulnerable communities including people living with HIV and the LGBTQ community.”