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New Way to Get Involved: MO Rapid Response Team
Last week, we launched a new initiative to effectively mobilize women’s health supporters to participate in the legislative Committee process with Planned Parenthood staff. Members of the Missouri Rapid Response Team will build their messaging skills and play a direct role in the legislative process by participating in hearings. Lots of training and support will be provided.
Check out this Storify article to see what happened last year when women’s health advocates packed a hearing room during a hearing for an anti-women’s health bill.
Last week, a public hearing was held for House Resolution 99, sponsored by Rep. Mike Moon (R-157, Ash Grove), that would urge the Missouri Congressional delegation to act with “manly firmness” to repeal and not replace the Affordable Care Act. This would make it harder, and in some cases impossible, for women, people with pre-existing conditions, and people with low incomes to have affordable access to the health care that they need. In response to the news of this resolution, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said, “I don’t think you prove your manhood by kicking folks off their health coverage and once again letting insurance companies discriminate against women and sick people.”
- Salon: GOP’s “manly firmness” is making us sick: How the assault on Obamacare punishes women and poor people for needing care
- PoliticMO: McCaskill slams legislature – and plugs book – in response to “manly firmness” House resolution
- Kansas City Star: Scrap Missouri Rep. Mike Moon’s resolution to repeal Obamacare with manly firmness
Open Enrollment Comes to a Close
Sunday was the final day of the 2014-2015 health insurance open enrollment. As of January 9th, nearly 200,000 people had selected plans on the insurance marketplace in Missouri alone. While the deadline for open enrollment for new plans this year has passed, you or your loved ones may still be able to sign up for a new plan if you qualify for a special enrollment.
- Planned Parenthood: Get Help Enrolling
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: For some, it’s not too late to get health insurance this year
- The New York Times: Stiffer Tax Penalties Used to Spur Insurance Enrollment
- The New York Times: Senate Democrats Lobby for a Reprieve for Some Who Failed to Get Insurance
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