Current Advocacy Initiatives

The Equitas Health Policy and Advocacy team works at the state, local, and federal levels to ensure that the health of our patients is protected and that our communities our well served. Here’s what we’re up to right now.

Current Ohio Legislative Priorities

Aside from our budget-related work, check out other legislative priorities we have in the Ohio Statehouse:

  • Protecting patients’ access to affordable medication by working to pass legislation that would end the secretive practices that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) sometimes employ that result in patients paying more than they should at the pharmacy counter.
  • Working to enact the Ohio Fairness Act, which would extend Ohio’s existing civil rights protections to members of the LGBTQ+ community in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.
  • Modernizing Ohio’s antiquated and discriminatory HIV criminalization statutes by replacing them with statutes that are based in science (not stigma) and that promote public health.

Current Federal Legislative Priorities

  • Working to enact the Equality Act, which would, similar to the Ohio Fairness Act, extend existing federal civil rights protections to members of the LGBTQ+ community in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.
  • Supporting the passage of the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, which would remove federal HIV criminalization statutes.

 

 Preparing the 2020 Census

The Census counts. So do you. Don’t miss out!

Every ten years, the US Census captures of self-portrait of America by counting every person who calls this country home. The tally must include people of all ages (including kids), all racial and ethnic groups, and all citizens and non-citizens alike.

Every single person should fill out a Census form (either in person, online, or over the phone) on National Census Day: April 1, 2020!

The Census impacts how many representatives Ohio sends to Congress and how more than $880 billion in federal funding is spent for things like schools, roads, hospitals, and other essential programs that people rely on.

Communities of color, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are some of the more “hard to count” communities. That’s why Equitas Health is stepping up to do our part to make sure that everyone in our community is counted. Keep updated about our work related to the 2020 Census by signing up for our Advocacy Alerts!