Charlottesville Residents Already Helped by Health Reform
Celebrate Law’s 2nd Anniversary
Young Adults, Seniors and Doctors Urge Supreme Court: Don’t Take Away Benefits, Protections Against Insurance Companies’ Anti-Consumer Practices
Residents Call on Attorney General Cuccinelli and Governor McDonnell to Stop Blocking Health Care Law
CHARLOTTESVILLE– Local residents will gather Monday at noon in front of the U.S. Courthouse in Charlottesville to commemorate the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to share their stories of how they have personally benefited from the law. They will illustrate how the law is already helping millions of Virginians and will call upon the Supreme Court to uphold the law and for Attorney General Cuccinelli stop blocking further implementation in Virginia.
Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010, Attorney General Cuccinelli has consistently opposed the new law, which already provides free preventive care, protection against discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, a ban on lifetime coverage limits and a provision allowing young Virginians to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26 years old.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing legal challenges to the ACA from Monday, March 26 to Wednesday, March 28 in Washington, D.C. A decision to overturn the law or any of its provisions could result in the loss of benefits to seniors, women, children and families. Residents will be collecting signatures for a petition asking Attorney General Cuccinelli and Governor McDonnell to stop blocking the health care law.
The Charlottesville rally will coincide with more than 300 other events taking place across the country this week with seniors, children, small-business owners and young people coming together to explain how they are already being helped by the Affordable Care Act and to highlight what is at stake as opponents of reform work overtime to take away those benefits in state legislatures, in Congress and at the U.S. Supreme Court.
WHO: Virginia Organizing
Dr. Greg Gelburd, Local Physician
Janyce Lewis, Virginia Organizing leader, Medicaid recipient
Dell Erwin, Medicare Recipient who received prescription drug help and whose family has been helped by Affordable Care Act
Young adultwho is able to go back on their parents’ plan
WHAT: Celebration of the Affordable Care Act, Don't Block Our Care!
WHEN: Monday, March 26 at Noon
WHERE: (In front of) United States Courthouse 255 West Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902.
***Visuals: Don’t Deny Our Health Care signs***