Health Care


The League’s Policy:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.


  • To participate in LWVFL Healthcare Expansion Campaign supporting  health care for Florida’s working poor who now fall in the gap;
  • To explore partnering with local hospitals, chambers and businesses in advocacy efforts;
  • To expand work to include Mental Health studies.

Chair: Nancy Gau (561-439-4522,

Meetings: See League Calendar.

Location: Home of Nancy Gau, 2082 Hermitage Dr., Wellington. FL.…

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Kudos to the Healthcare Team



By Nancy Gau


Knowing they were imminently facing massive cuts (fewer navigators, loss of advertising, etc.), the Affordable Care Act program needed help for the 2017 open enrollment period this past November. So LWVPBC stepped in!

Special Meeting

The Healthcare Issue Group called a special meeting, inviting guests from Health Council of SE Florida (HCSEF) and the Health District.  We obtained their fliers, constructed fliers of our own, made hundreds of copies, and hit the road.  We distributed the information to churches, schools, community centers, town halls, etc.

Individual and Collective Effort

One member alone, Polly Maier, works downtown and distributed fliers to Legal Aid, DMV Tax Office, WPB City Library, WPB Parole Offices, Social Security Office, Vital Statistics Office, FL …

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Voter Registrations Coincide With ACA Enrollment Events

The Voter Services committee will be piggybacking Voter Registration drives with ACA Enrollment events at local libraries from now through December 13th. The schedule is as follows:

11/29 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 -pm
12/2 – Okeechobee Branch – 11 am – 3 pm
12/4 – Tequesta Branch – 3:45 – 5:30 pm
12/6 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 pm
12/8 – Glades Branch – Boca Raton – 12 – 4 pm
12/10 – Wellington Branch – 12 – 4 pm
12/11 – Tequesta Branch – 3:45 – 5:30 pm
12/12 – Lantana Branch – 4 – 7 pm
12/13 – Okeechobee Branch – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Registration Contact: Pam Maldonado,  305-873-4239,


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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment


by Nancy Gau

Open Enrollment period for ACA Health Insurance for 2018
begins Nov. 1, 2017 and ends Dec. 15, 2017.


For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-888-880-8242 or go to

These events have been organized and staffed by Health Council of Southeast Florida (,

and is being promoted by League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (


There are 9 enrollment events throughout Palm Beach County during this period:

Nov. 1 – (5:00pm-9:00pm) at Cidra Church in WPB

Nov. 4 – (12:00pm-4:00pm) at PBC Library on Summit Blvd. in WPB

Nov. 9 – (5:00pm-8:00pm) at Boynton Beach City Library on S. Seacrest

Nov. 16 – (5:00pm-8:00pm) at COMPASS on N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth

Nov. 18

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Health Care in America Presentation

health careBy Ethelene Jones

What do Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and/or D), Medicaid, and other health insurance options mean for you?

How do you make the right choice when it comes to your health care and your vote on health care issues?




The Palm Beach County League of Women Voters is excited to announce a new offering by our Speakers Bureau, “Healthcare in America – What You Should Know”. This presentation:

  • explains how the American health care system works
  • demystifies some of its vocabulary
  • looks at what Americans get for their healthcare dollar compared to other countries

The public will likely be surprised at how the health status and health care costs of Americans stack up against other developed countries.  This factual presentation explores …

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Sell-Out Crowd Learns About Opioid Crisis

By Marsha Vinson

Although Karen Wilkerson, President, in her introduction, was proud to announce the new  LWVPBC partnership with JFK Medical Center and Palms West Hospital, sponsors of the July Hot Topics, she warned the sell-out sized audience that they were about to get “depressing news.”  Why would the League present a depressing Hot Topics? To implement a positive change in understanding the Opioid Crisis — affecting our neighbors, our families.

Palm Beach Post’s Investigative Reporting

The first speaker, Christine Stapleton, Palm Beach Post reporter and lead investigator of the corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry, shared that she is an alcoholic with 19 years of sobriety.  Her personal experience with addiction extends to personally housing young recovered opiate addicts.  Christine is astounded by the corruption …

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State Convention Health Care Workshop

Workshop leader: Cecile Scoon, assisted by Jennifer Flynn

Report submitted by Ethelene Jones


This report summarizes Cecile’s PowerPoint presentation and includes Jennifer Flynn’s presentation on the “Bird-Dogging 101” technique to pin down politicians’ responses to specific questions.


Florida: had the highest ACA enrollment of all states. Uninsured rate fell by 38% (1.6 million people) with ACA.

ACA Bettered Employer Based Health Care Coverage:

  1.     Almost 9 million Floridians have employer-based health care coverage
  2.     ACA removed lifetime limits from policies, benefitting almost 6 million
  3.     Young adults covered until 26 benefitting, almost 132,000
  4.     Free preventative care benefitting more than 7 million Americans:

Flu shots, mammograms, cancer screenings, contraception

ACA Bettered Individual Market Policies:

  1.     About 1.5 million people have individual policies
  2.     Pre-existing illnesses are not
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What does the Health Care District do?

Inspiring to learn what the Health Care District of Palm Beach County does!

Thanks Rick Roche! Here is a link to their facebook page:

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Kudos For The Healthcare Issue Group

healthcare issue group

By Nancy Gau

Your Healthcare Committee recently received recognition from LWVF in their annual Close the Gap (CTG) report. The CTG campaign was an organized attempt to expand healthcare coverage to more Floridians (i.e., low-income, working Floridians).  Even though we did not meet success, we (along with Florida CHAIN and other organizations) continue to look for opportunities.

LWVF divides the state into regions for the Healthcare issues and we are part of the Miami Region.  As an incentive for League chapters to contribute towards the Close the Gap campaign (to expand healthcare to the working poor), LWVF set up a grant fund with money from the CHAIN organization.  You had to “deliver” though to get it. In order to “deliver”, we wrote Letters to the Editor (LTE’s), called …

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The Conversation Project is now online

Dear Friends of the Center for Applied Ethics,

I am pleased to advise you that our most recent Ethics Speaker Forum on March 27 – “Ethics and The Conversation Project: Values, Conversations and Life Choices” – is now posted on our website. Please feel free to share it with any friends or family as well as to watch it again if you wish! The presentation starts at around nine minutes into the recording.
Copies of the Conversation Starter Kit are also available HERE.

I would also like to share a wonderful poem following along the forum’s theme sent in by one of your fellow participants, Minx Boren. Please enjoy her inspired writings and keep in touch with the Center as we continue to engage, educate …

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PBC BOCC Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

PowerPoint Presentation:

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