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June 07, 2017

Local Leaders Host Medicaid Convening to Educate, Engage Community

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Members of the community are invited to learn about Medicaid – how it works, how lawmakers could cut the program, and what populations are particularly at risk of losing coverage – as part of the Take Action Philly initiative on Tuesday, June 13. The event will be held at the Parkway Central Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine St.) from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required.

“Lawyers, advocates and citizens can work together to protect this life- and health-saving program,” said Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Deborah R. Gross. “We will work to identify ways to become involved and engaged in response to federal and state policy decisions.”

Speakers will represent a cross-section of organizations, including: Access Matters, City of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services, First Hospital Foundation, the Hospital and Health System Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Health Law Project, Philadelphia Bar Association, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) and Public Interest Law Center.

“Medicaid is a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians, but very few people understand how much good it does and how much we could lose if the proposals in Washington are passed,” said Dr. Tom Farley, commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “We need to support this critical program.”

In May 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to limit federal funding for the Medicaid program and to end Medicaid expansion. Now, the U.S. Senate is weighing these cuts to Medicaid, which would threaten the health coverage of millions of Pennsylvanians who rely on Medicaid, including children, older adults, and people with disabilities.

The Philadelphia Bar Association, with the support of the City of Philadelphia, the private bar and several non-profit legal aid organizations, has formed Take Action Philly (TAP) as an initiative uniting lawyers, government, community organizations and residents to offer information and assistance.

Through this effort, TAP is convening a series of public discussions to educate Philadelphians about the anticipated impact of federal and state policy decisions and to identify an action plan for lawyers to provide legal representation and the public to get involved.


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