Mar 13, 2013
10 a.m. Thursday, March 14 – Post Alley, between Virginia and Stewart
Salmon, Coffee, Rain And … Healthcare For All: #CoverMe rally at Pike Market Medical Clinic
Would-be eligible people talk about benefits of expanded healthcare prior to legislative town halls; 100 umbrellas to open simultaneously in Post Alley sending message to “Cover Me” by expanding Medicaid
WHAT: Speak out and be heard in the fight to win Medicaid expansion! Washington state stands on the precipice of expanding health insurance coverage to more than 261,000 currently uninsured people – including some people we recognize as Washington icons: fishmongers at Pike Place Market, musicians at Seattle’s famed clubs, baristas behind many a Puget Sound espresso machine, farmers who till the rich soil. The state Legislature now is considering Medicaid expansion, a move that would save Washington’s budget $225 million in the next two years and add 10,000 jobs. Many lawmakers are holding town hall meetings on March 16, and constituents are expected to tell elected officials to support Medicaid expansion.
WHO: Hear from people who will become eligible for healthcare coverage if the legislature expands Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, such as MS Activist Cassie Cotham. Cassie, diagnosed with MS in 2012, has been unable to get health insurance since she was diagnosed and will speak about her experience with the health care system at the rally. Dozens of organizations are participating, including the National MS Society. Make your voice heard. The rally is sponsored by the Healthy Washington Coalition, which represents a broad range of more than 70 organizations across the state.
HELP MAKE HEALTHCARE BLOOM: Just like Skagit County tulip blossoms, nearly 100 umbrellas will open simultaneously, transforming Post Alley into a sea of blue sending a message to Olympia: “Cover Me,” expand Medicaid coverage to more than 261,000 people.
WHEN: 10 a.m., Thursday, March 14 – Rally is expected to last about 45 minutes. Shine or rain.
WHERE: Post Alley between Stewart St. and Virginia St., in front of Pike Market Medical Clinic
News item courtesy of Healthy Washington Coalition