***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 11 AT 12:30 PM ET***
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 12:30 PM ET, Democratic Women’s Caucus Communications Task Force Co-Chairs Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI-04) and Rep. Shontel Brown (D-OH-11), and President of the National Partnership for Women & Families Jocelyn Frye will join Protect Our Care for a press conference to discuss the ways Medicaid helps women and children across the nation stay healthy. The speakers will talk about how Medicaid is a lifeline for families and provides affordable, quality health care to people from all backgrounds.
April marks the 5th annual Medicaid Awareness Month. A record 92 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid. Adult women comprise an estimated 40 percent of those enrolled in Medicaid, and over half (54 percent) of children across the country are enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP. Read Protect Our Care’s fact sheet on how Medicaid helps women and children here.
Medicaid Awareness Month comes as Republicans in Congress are seeking serious cuts to the program and proposing bureaucratic work reporting requirements while GOP leaders in 10 states have failed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, blocking millions of families from affordable coverage. Protections put into place by Congress to keep people enrolled in Medicaid during the public health emergency expired on April 1. It is predicted that approximately 15 million people may lose their coverage due to the unwinding with those in non-expansion states being particularly vulnerable. President Biden and Democrats in Congress, on the other hand, are working to strengthen Medicaid for years to come.
U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI-04), Democratic Women’s Caucus Communications Task Force Co-Chair
U.S. Representative Shontel Brown (D-OH-11), Democratic Women’s Caucus Communications Task Force Co-Chair
Jocelyn Frye, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Kristin Volchansky, patient storyteller from Pennsylvania
Anne Shoup, Protect Our Care
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference
WHERE: Register for the Event Here.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 11 at 12:30 PM ET