September 26, 2020 COVID-19

State Spotlight September 26, 2020

USofCare Releases 2020 Voter Action Guide

As we enter the home stretch of this election amid the worst public health crisis in a hundred years, health care remains among voters’ top priorities. The American people are counting on candidates to offer practical solutions to both their immediate challenges and the long-term gaps in our health care system.

This week, United States of Care released its 2020 Voter Action Guide to engage, educate, and empower voters in the run-up to Election Day.

USofCare’s 2020 Voter Action Guide and 2020 Candidate Guide (released last month) offer key messages for candidates to consider as well as key questions for voters to ask prior to casting their ballot this fall.

We are, not only sharing these important resources with you, but also asking for your help

  1. Share the Voter Action Guide and Candidate Guide in your networks.
  2. Tweet or Retweet the Voter Action Guide and Candidate Guide.
  3. Invite USofCare to present the Voter Action Guide or Candidate Guide at an event you host.
  4. After you cast your ballot, be sure to add our “I Voted!” digital sticker to your social media profiles. You can download the image here.

State Success Story, Part 2: How Colorado advocates built and mobilized a diverse coalition to give more families access to health care

Access to quality, affordable health care is increasingly paramount as the COVID pandemic continues to rage across the country. In order to address that need for thousands of Coloradans, US of Care advocacy partners successfully passed a Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise (SB215). This law will bring more affordable coverage to Coloradans who buy their own insurance by repurposing an existing federal fee on insurance companies with a state fee. Read more about the new law in this previous blog.

There is a lot to be learned from the coalition effort required to successfully pass a policy of this magnitude – particularly during an abbreviated COVID session. US of Care interviewed the three coalition leaders to hear in their own words how they mobilized more than 50 organizations to pass the bill in June. Embedded within this conversation are key lessons for advocates, stakeholders, and policymakers across the country who aim to advance any policy reform, including expanding health care coverage for people not served by the Affordable Care Act.

United States of Care COVID Rapid Response for State Leaders

USofCare’s mission to ensure that every single American has access to quality, affordable health care has never been more important than in the current public health crisis. We have been providing immediate support for state and federal government and public response needs, leveraging our expertise (including our Board and Founder’s Council), capacity, network and resources to support effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams of USofCare’s staff are researching and responding to incoming requests, which can be sent to [email protected].