TONIGHT: Stacey Abrams, Senators, Advocates to Say Pandemic Response Must Protect Medicaid


July 30, 2020

Contact:    Kathy Melley

                  Community Catalyst Action Fund
                  (617) 791-0708

What:        Medicaid Saves Lives! Virtual Rally

When:       Thursday, July 30, 2020, the 55th Anniversary of the Medicaid program;
                  6:00-7:15 p.m. EDT

Where:      Publicly viewable via Facebook Live at


Stacey Abrams, Executive Director, Southern Economic Advancement Project

Senator Bob Casey (PA)

Senator Maggie Hassan (NH)

Representative Kathy Castor (FL)

Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL)

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ)

Daniel Dawes, Author, The Political Determinants of Health

Leaders from Community Catalyst Action Fund, Protect Our Care, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, UnidosUS, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Little Lobbyists, and Community Change

Dr. Dale Teraski of Denver, Colorado, Julie Reiskin of Denver, Colorado, and Callie Greer of Selma, Alabama, three individuals who have Medicaid consumer stories to share


The U.S. Senate may vote this week on what could be the final COVID-19 relief package of this year. Speakers will address the critical role Medicaid has played in mitigating the pandemic’s health consequences. They will explore how Medicaid is uniquely able to scale up during the pandemic and resulting economic downturn to ensure that millions who are newly unemployed can get the care they need. And they will warn that Medicaid faces threats of its own – with states facing massive, recession-driven budget shortfalls, several states have enacted Medicaid cuts, and cuts are under consideration in several other states.

The pandemic legislation debate coincides with the 55th anniversary of Medicaid’s enactment, on July 30, 1965. Medicaid has been a literal life saver for millions, a conduit for advancing health care quality, and a force for health justice, mitigating health inequities born of racism and poverty.


About the Community Catalyst Action Fund

The Community Catalyst Action Fund is a national non-profit organization committed to engaging consumers in the decision-making that shapes our health system. We support consumer advocate participation in the creation and implementation of public policy that improves the affordability and quality of health care, and we work to highlight electoral candidates’ positions on health care issues so the public can make informed choices.  Visit or follow us on Twitter @ccactionfund.