***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 10 AT 10:00 AM ET***
A Year Ago, Republicans Voted Against American Rescue Plan Which Made Health Coverage for Floridians More Affordable, Expanded Access, and Helped Us Better Respond to the Pandemic
Tampa, FL — Today, March 10, 2022 at 10:00AM ET, Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and local advocates will join Protect Our Care Florida to mark the one-year anniversary of the American Rescue Plan by calling on Congress to pass legislation to make many of the law’s health care provisions permanent. During the call, speakers will explain how the American Rescue Plan has made a huge impact in Floridians’ lives, with several advocates telling personal stories about the benefits they have personally experienced.
The American Rescue Plan – which Democrats passed without Republican support – has put money into the pockets of families struggling to make ends meet, delivered robust funding for vaccine distribution, and helped safely reopen schools and the economy. The American Rescue Plan also lowered the cost of health care coverage for Floridians with enhanced premium tax credits allowing four out of five eligible enrollees to find a plan for $10 or less per month.
In his first State of the Union, President Biden highlighted successful efforts to deliver significant relief to millions of American families. Thanks to Biden’s leadership over 30 million Americans now have health coverage, including a record 14.5 million covered under the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. In fact, Florida saw a 28% increase in enrollment in the last year. Additionally, the ARP has helped 76 percent of Americans receive at least one dose of the vaccine, with 93 million receiving a booster shot to bolster protection against the omicron variant.
VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE:
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)
Jodi Ray, Project Director at Florida Covering Kids & Families
Veronica Salsman, local healthcare storyteller
Magdala Orelus, local healthcare storyteller
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference
WHERE: Register for the Event Here
WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM ET