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Seattle Four-Time Cancer Survivor Launches RV Road Trip to Drive Awareness for ACA Enrollment
Julie Negrin Embarks on Campaign in Washington State in Response to 90% Budget Cuts for ACA Enrollment Program, Shorter Enrollment Time and Limited Site Access
November 3, 2017 – Seattle, WA – Julie Negrin, a Seattle resident and survivor of four separate battles with cancer, announced today that she is embarking on an RV road trip to create awareness for the shortened enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which runs November 1, 2017- January 15, 2018*. This road trip is a response to the 90 percent marketing budget reduction for ACA enrollment, a measure enacted by the Trump administration, who simultaneously shortened the enrollment period by several weeks and reduced enrollment hours, with plans to close the enrollment website every Sunday through the enrollment period.
Julie will launch her road trip on Friday, November 3, 1:00 pm from Aubrey Davis Park, located at i90 and Mercer Way on Mercer Island, which is chosen for its great views of Seattle and proximity to interstate 90. Her first stop will be in Wenatchee, WA, on November 4, 2017, at Pybus Market from 10am to 2pm where she will work with other ACA volunteer advocates to educate the public about enrollment and connect them with resources and support services so that they can make the best possible decisions about their healthcare options. Julie’s RV trip will coordinate with local groups in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest to bring focus and attention to ACA re-enrollment, and the importance of affordable, accessible health care for all Americans.
Planned stops include:
3 N. Worthen Street
10am-2pm / Hal
Holmes Comm Center
209 Ruby Street
719 E 3rd Street
610 E. Yakima
“I have one simple mission, and that is to help everyday Washington residents sign up for the health insurance that they need,” said Julie Negrin. “For many people, especially medically frail people like me, missing the newly shortened deadline can literally mean the difference between life and death. We should be making healthcare access easier for all Americans, not trying to destabilize the system by limiting access and sending American families into bankruptcy because one of their own gets sick.”
A recent Harvard University study shows that medical expenses account for approximately 62 percent of personal bankruptcies. According to CNBC, the rate of U.S. adults without health insurance jumped in the first quarter of 2017, as the Trump administration worked to repeal the ACA and replace it with its own health-care reform bill. Bloomberg recently reported that newly released data show that Americans are retiring later but dying sooner and sicker.
In addition to creating greater awareness for ACA enrollment, Julie will be collecting personal stories of the impact of ACA coverage to Washington families for her website IndivisibleACA.org. She will also be creating a multi-county network of healthcare citizen advocates to respond to any further repeal efforts for the ACA. It is projected that the Graham Cassidy proposed repeal effort would have left more than 30 million people without health insurance by 2026.
Julie and a team of supporters are funding this trip through a crowd-funding campaign which can be found on her website. Volunteers are supporting her efforts at every stop. You can track her progress, read personal healthcare stories, volunteer or donate to help Julie’s road trip at the website: IndivisibileACA.org.
About Julie Negrin Julie Negrin has had four unrelated cancers by age 42. In her pre-disabled life, she was a cooking instructor and nutrition educator in New York City. She’s been advocating for the ACA since October 2016 and has spoken with Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Representative Jayapal and Governor Inslee about advocating for broader health care coverage for all Americans. Julie was a nutritionist, food educator, and author before becoming disabled. She hopes to lend her 20+ years of event planning and activism experience to save the ACA and improve healthcare access for all Americans.
*Enrollment & Coverage for Washington State: General enrollment period: Nov. 1, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018
● Enroll Nov. 1 - Nov. 15, 2017 for coverage starting Dec. 1, 2017
● Enroll Nov. 16 - Dec 15, 2017 for coverage starting January 1, 2018
● Enroll December 16, 2017 - January 15, 2018 for coverage starting February 1, 2018