McGaughy, Lauren. “State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D-Baton Rouge, on the steps of the capitol in Baton Rouge.” NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune. 13 Mar 2013. [http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/medicaid_expansion_obamacare_l.html]
MS activists, like Crystal Smith, have been hard at work in their states’ capitals. Smith testified on behalf of the Society at the joint Louisiana House and State Insurance Committees. In Louisiana, the hearing lasted for more than five hours and Medicaid advocates filled the hearing room plus an overflow room to show their support. Many advocates wore orange to show their support for the Society and people with MS. Smith’s and other activists’ hard work was mentioned in The Advocate, where the Society was recognized as an organization that supports expansion and gave testimony. Other states, such as Washington, are holding rallies with coalitions of like-minded patient advocacy groups to help increase awareness on shared priorities and our connections to public officials.
State teams are sending out action alerts to gather stories to share with legislators and build the MS activist base. State teams are also inviting public officials to WALK MS events to help promote issues that are important to those living with MS, such as Medicaid expansion. As Smith remarks, “Many more conversations will take place throughout the legislative session as many organizations are making the Medicaid Expansion top priority this year.”
As Medicaid expansion continues to be a hot topic for state legislatures, please consider contacting your local chapter to see how you can get involved!
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