02.19.17

Following Day of Action to Save Affordable Care Act, Kilmer Announces New Way to Share Healthcare Stories

TACOMA, WA – Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) announced a new way for constituents to share stories about how the Affordable Care Act has impacted them. Across the country this weekend, Representatives called attention to the impact that the Affordable Care Act has had on patients, families, doctors, and hospital providers.

Kilmer is urging constituents to visit his website at www.kilmer.house.gov/contact/your-aca-story to share questions and concerns they have about an effort to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. He plans to highlight these stories in Washington D.C. during the debate in Congress on any repeal legislation. Kilmer is also holding a series of town halls starting next week and is encouraging his constituents to talk about the Affordable Care Act, among other issues, at the meetings.

“This is about people,” said Kilmer. “People who have been able to get the treatments they need, or stay on their parents’ insurance, or families wrestling with the impact of the opioid crisis. That’s why I’m asking the folks I represent to share their stories with me about how it’s helped them. Please write in or tell me in person during my town halls. We can and should look for constructive ways to reduce health care costs for seniors and families, invest in prevention, and increase choices for consumers. But we cannot move backward.”

In January, Kilmer sat down with healthcare professionals, local hospital officials and patients, along with business and labor leaders where he heard how the Act has reduced uninsured rates and created economic benefits for the region. According to a recent study, the proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act would cost Washington state more than 30,000 jobs overall. 

Kilmer’s town halls are a chance for him to hear directly from the public about the Act and other issues.

In 2016, Kilmer held 7 town hall meetings across the district. In addition, Kilmer consistently holds telephone town halls, open office hours, and meets with constituents on ferries, public buses, and at their places of employment.

 Doors open a half hour before the start of each town hall in the district. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 Pierce County Town Hall

5:30PM – 7:00PM

Lincoln High School – Auditorium 

701 S 37th St

Tacoma, WA  98418

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 Kitsap County Town Hall

5:30PM – 7:00PM

Admiral Theatre

515 Pacific Ave

Bremerton, WA 98337

 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Grays Harbor County Town Hall

5:30PM-7:00PM

7th Street Theater

313 7th St.

Hoquiam, WA 98550

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

North Peninsula Town Hall (Sequim)

5:30PM-7:00PM

Sequim High School – Auditorium

503 N Sequim Ave

Sequim, WA 98382

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