The Saving OurSelves (S.O.S.) Movement for Justice and Democracy Movement is hosting a panel to inform citizens on the movement to expand Medicaid in Alabama. It is one of several workshops that are set for the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee commemorating the 49th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma-to-Montgomery Marches in 1965.
S.O.S. is spearheading a petition drive to persuade Governor Robert Bentley to expand Medicaid. The campaign kicks off this weekend during the Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Panelists include: Barbara Howard, Deputy Director of Program Operations for the Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education at Tuskegee Institute; and Dr. Sophia Bracy Harris, co-founder of the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) an organization that she started in 1972. The organization is devoted to combating state regulations that threaten the well being of the poor.
Through online and door-to-door drives, S.O.S. seeks to collect 10,000 signatures from Alabama residents who support Medicaid Expansion. SOS will deliver the signatures to Governor Bentley to demonstrate grassroots support for this initiative. The petition will be delivered on May 31, 2014 during a noon rally at the Alabama State Capitol.
Expanding Medicaid would cover 200,000 or more uninsured Alabama residents today, including 152,000 who are working, but receive no health coverage on the job.
For more information about the campaign, see our page, EXPAND MEDICAID IN ALABAMA.