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EVENT ADVISORY: Whip Clyburn, Health and Civil Rights Leaders To Discuss Imperative of Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap in Build Back Better
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EVENT ADVISORY: Whip Clyburn, Health and Civil Rights Leaders To Discuss Imperative of Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap in Build Back Better

Washington, D.C. — Among the historic health care investments in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda is a plan to close the Medicaid coverage gap. Today, about 2.2 million people with family incomes below the federal poverty level—most of whom are people of color—are uninsured because they live in states where policymakers continue to block Medicaid expansion. Ensuring that all people have access to coverage regardless of where they live is essential to reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. The Biden administration and congressional leaders have sought to center health equity in the COVID-19 response; a permanent, comprehensive coverage expansion that closes the coverage gap is an essential part of this approach.

On Friday, please join the Center for American Progress, Community Catalyst, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for a conversation with Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC) about the need to close the coverage gap.

If you have questions for our panel, please submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #CloseTheMedicaidGap or via email to CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org.

WHO:

Introductory remarks:
Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Panelists:
Rep. James E. Clyburn
Wade Henderson, Interim President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Moderator:
Emily Stewart, Executive Director, Community Catalyst

WHEN:

September 24, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. ET

WHERE:

You must RSVP at this link to watch the livestream event.

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Colin Seeberger at cseeberger@americanprogress.org.

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