This post was written by CHMP Senior Fellow Charmaine Ruddock, MS directs Bronx Health REACH, a coalition of 50 community and faith-based organizations, funded by the Centers for Disease Control’s REACH 2010 Initiative to address racial and ethnic health disparities.
There is much happening around healthcare now. Next week Tuesday, October 1st starts the open enrollment into the new Health insurance Exchanges or Marketplace, and even as this is to happen Congress’ House of Representatives passed legislation a few days ago that requires that Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act be totally defunded or they will shut down the Federal Government next week. And, while all of this is happening there are local concerns in many health advocate circles that here in New York, specifically in the Bronx, we are also facing a healthcare crisis of our own. On the very Tuesday that open enrollment begins, a group of health activists comprised of doctors, nurses, community organizers, patients and union members will draw attention to the very pressing need for access to safe, quality healthcare in the Bronx and similar communities all across New York in a community meeting titled Winning Healthcare Justice for Our Community. Please come out and be part of this effort to make sure that all New Yorkers can, when needed, get the best healthcare.
written by Charmaine Ruddock