Kudos For The 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 legislators, educated the public, etc. Below is a chronological listing of the activities our group delivered to the effort.  We pretty much carried The Miami Region singlehandedly!

Due to LWVPBC’s following contributions towards the Miami Region Deliverables, we applied for and received grant dollars from CHAIN (in 2016 and in 2017) and also received recognition.

  • January 2016:  Tabling event.
    • Committee member Kim Schear researched and found the (LIP) Low Income Model tool which revealed how much money FL hospitals would lose due to politics.  This document was shared with LWVF and local legislators.
  • January 2016:  Letter to the Editor (LTE) success.
    • A Letter to the Editor about Medicaid expansion  was sent to PB Post by Ethelene Jones and published on Jan. 4, and was also sent to the entire LWVPBC membership via Constant Contact.
  • January 2016:  Hosted a Community event.
    • Healthcare Hot Topic event was held on Jan. 26, with 100+ people in attendance.  Guest speaker was Dena Leavengood from LWVF, who presented the CTG powerpoint.
  • June 2016:
    • Formed a partnership with Boca Promise,part of PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health.  Events attended included
      • a quarterly meeting on July 15
      • a “Breaking the Silence” luncheon on Aug. 17
      • A “Breaking the Silence”Awards Luncheon on Oct. 14.
  • July 2016:  Community Event.
    • Nancy Gau wrote an article for LWVPBC newsletter about ACA (Affordable Care Act) open enrollment.
  • August 2016:  Tabling Event.
    • Chair Nancy Gau, prepared a Healthcare Glossary of terms that was published on the LWVPBC and LWVF websites.
  • September 2016:  Community Event.
    • A video shoot was done on Sept. 24 to promote the CTG project.  Speakers were State Rep. Mark Pafford, Barbara Phillippi, and Nancy Gau. This video can be viewed on the LWVPBC website.
  • September 2016: Advocacy Training.
    • Member Barbara Phillippi attended the annual CHAIN symposium in Orlando.
  • October 2016:  Community Event.
    • A second article promoting ACA open enrollment and announcing the Healthcare Glossary was published in the LWVPBC newsletter.