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TODAY: U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez, California Attorney General Rob Bonta, New York Lawmakers Join Protect Our Care to Discuss Disastrous Impacts of Braidwood Decision

By April 6, 2023No Comments


During Medicaid Awareness Month, Republicans’ Latest Attack on the ACA Targets Lifesaving Preventive Care for More than 150 Million Americans 

On Thursday, April 6th, U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez, California Attorney General Rob Bonta, New York elected officials, and health care advocates will join Protect Our Care in California and New York to discuss U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s devastating decision to strike down a major provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires free coverage of lifesaving preventive health care services. During the call, speakers will highlight what this decision could mean for Americans’ access to lifesaving health care services, and discuss what is to come as the lawsuit moves through the court system.

Judge O’Connor’s decision in Braidwood Management v. Becerra would end the ACA’s guaranteed free access to essential preventive services including lifesaving cancer screenings, anxiety and depression screenings for children and adults, heart disease screenings, intimate partner violence screenings, and access to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), which can reduce the chance of contracting HIV. In 2020 alone, more than 150 million Americans benefited from these preventive services. Read more about the case here. 

The decision comes as Medicaid Awareness Month kicks off with groups across the country highlighting Republican threats to the program, including plans to slash funding, endangering care for millions of seniors, families, and children who rely on the program for coverage.

U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez
California Attorney General Rob Bonta

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 10 AM PT // 1 PM ET

WHERE: Register to join the Zoom event (Registration required)

Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator, 47th District
Erik Bottcher, New York City Council Member, 3rd District
Peter Meacher, Chief Medical Officer, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Jason Cianciotto, Vice President of Communications & Policy at Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Amanda Babine, Executive Director of Equality New York
Dr. Archie Jao, Medical Director at Housing Works
Paul Nagle, Executive Director of Stonewall Community Development Corporation

WHEN: Thursday, April 6 at 1:30 PM ET 

WHERE: Register to join the Zoom event (Registration required)