March for Health is a grassroots movement that includes patients with pre-existing conditions, medical professionals, and people passionate about healthcare as a human right. On April 1, 2017 we will march on Washington DC with coordinated sister marches in NYC, Seattle, and across the country for equitable and affordable access to quality healthcare for all. We insist that if the Affordable Care Act is to be repaired or replaced, it is done only for improvement of care and to cover more people at affordable rates.
Every single person in this country risks losing important coverage regardless of where they get their insurance or what type of coverage they have. What is at stake?
- Health coverage for millions of people and increased rates
- Insurance premiums that discriminate based on your gender or health status
- Being lumped into a high-risk pool if you have a pre-existing condition
- Increased premiums (by 30%) for a full year if you have a lapse in coverage
- Crippling cuts to Medicaid for low income children, seniors, and people with disabilities
- The Medicare donut hole which saved seniors on average $2,200
- Annual and lifetime coverage caps
- Maternity care as a basic service
- Mental health coverage
- Funding for Planned Parenthood where millions of women receive life saving preventative care and free contraceptives
- Access to care that doesn't discriminate based on your gender identity
- Coverage of free preventative care services like
- Well-woman visits and well-child (until age 18) visits
- Vaccinations for adults and children
- Tests such as blood pressure, cholesterol, pap smears, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, Rh incompatibility, HPV, HIV, STIs
- Cancer screenings like colonoscopies, mammograms, cervical, and lung cancer
- Early autism screenings and lead screenings for children
- Pediatric dental care and vision screenings
- Breastfeeding support, counseling, supplies, and equipment
- Other basic preventative services
- And much more. See our full Marcher's Bill of Rights here.
The issue of healthcare directly intersects with so many issues people are passionate about such as women's rights, children's health, young adults, disability rights, seniors, the LGBTQ community, mental health, and more. On April 1st, we march for equitable and affordable access to quality healthcare for all.
But we can't fight alone. We need donations to assist with costs for things like staging, sound equipment rental, bullhorns, seating for those who are disabled, elderly or otherwise need to sit during the rally, permit fees, event insurance, portable toilets, security when required, and safety equipment for volunteers. The money you donate today will go toward these costs for our Washington DC march and our marches across the country as needed.
It is important to keep in mind any currently proposed legislation does not guarantee protection for any of the existing ACA provisions or funding for Medicaid or Medicare until it is signed into law.
You can find a march near you at by checking out our map
. Sign up for updates or volunteer by filling out a short form here
. Snap a picture and tell us on Twitter @HealthMarch and Instagram @march4health why you're going to #marchforhealth Not sure why you should march? Read stories from our marchers or submit your own here
. Join our March for Health
movement on Facebook.
Who is Leyla? I am one of three national organizers for March for Health and also the DC organizer. I am a JD who is currently studying for the bar and have a special interest in disability and health care law. I also have type one diabetes, which before the ACA would have made getting insurance nearly impossible. I started Americans for Access, Inc., a pending 501(c)(4) organization, in order to fund the March for Health. None of the money raised will go to me for personal use.
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee. Americans for Access, Inc. is a pending 501(c)(4) organization. Donations are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. All donations are made to support Americans for Access, Inc.'s general mission and are not designated for any specific activity.
March for Health can't happen with your boots on the ground and your support to make these events a reality. Please help share this fundraiser. We hope to see you #marchforhealth on April 1. Because healthcare is no joke. Because pain is non-partisan.