Press Call & MLK, Jr. Annual Health Care Disparaties

Fair Economy, January 15, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact(s):
– SPR Communications: 301-526-0374
– Press RSVP email: [email protected]org

PRESS CALL INVITATION

WHO:
– Brian Miller, United for a Fair Economy
– Dedrick Muhammad, NAACP
– Dollie Hambrick, Alabama Arise
– Karen Woodall, Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy
– Steve Spires, Louisiana Budget Project

WHAT:
Release of the 2014 State of the Dream report which documents racial disparities of health made worse by the GOP’s state-by-state attack on Obamacare.

WHEN:
Thursday, January 16, 2014; 11:00 am (ET)

WHERE:
Press conference call in number: (605) 562-3000; participant access code:
855317#

BACKGROUND:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” This quote is the touchstone of a new report–State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? Enduring Racial Disparities–the 11th Annual MLK, Jr. Day report released by United for a Fair Economy on January 16, 2014 in recognition of
the King Holiday.

State of the Dream 2014 documents the heavy toll that continued racial segregation and concentrated poverty takes on people’s health-shortening lives and depleting wealth. This already heavy burden is only made worse by the denial of health insurance to nearly 5 million Americans, disproportionately people of color, by the refusal of 25 states to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

To participate on the press call and to request an advance embargoed copy of the report, please send your name, phone number and name of organization by Thursday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m. (ET) to Christelle Adrien at [email protected] or call 617-423-2148 x100. Report and press release embargoes will be lifted at 11:00 am ET on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? Will also be available on Thursday, January 16, 2014; 11:00 am (ET), as a free download at www.faireconomy.org/dream.

United for a Fair Economy (UFE) challenges the concentration of wealth and power that corrupts democracy, deepens the racial divide and tears communities apart. UFE is online at www.faireconomy.org.

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