We’re Living It: An Inside Look at the Health Care Fight through Storytelling

We’re Living It: An Inside Look at the Health Care Fight through Storytelling

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 3 4:15 PM (Central)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 3 5:30 PM (Central)

Room: 215/216

Everyone thought Obamacare was dead after the 2016 election results. With a Republican President, House and Senate, we unexpectedly prevailed. Join us as we look at how we fought to save the ACA and Medicaid, and look at what happened on the tax fight (which included back door attacks on the ACA). What does the health care landscape look like for 2018 and the future? As individuals personally facing health care battles, we became accidental activists and spoke up to put a face on health care. We’ll share our stories and what we learned.

Moderator

Laura Packard

Laura Packard

Laura Packard is a digital/new media and communications strategist, health care advocate, and small business owner (PowerThru), currently based in Denver. She is a stage 4 cancer survivor, founder of Health Care Voices, a non-profit organizing adults with serious medical conditions, co-chair of Health Care Voter and advisor to Be a Hero PAC/Hero Action Fund. Laura also serves on the board of Blue Digital Exchange, a trade association of progressive digital consultants and staffers.

Laura has been blocked by President Trump on Twitter, thrown out of her (former) U.S. Senator’s town hall for asking him about his health care record, and reached millions of people across the country with her story while fighting to protect our health care.

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Panelists

Matthew Cortland

Matthew Cortland

Matthew Cortland is a disabled, chronically ill lawyer and writer from Massachusetts. His legal practice focuses on helping patients navigate the health care system, and his activism is dedicated to advancing the recognition of health care as a human right.

Matthew writes mostly about law, medicine, bioethics, chronic illness, disability, and sex (bylines include New Statesman, Rewire, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The Stranger, and Talk Poverty). He’s been quoted as a legal and healthcare expert in publications including Think Progress, Kaiser Health News, Bloomberg Law, USA Today, Pacific Standard, and Teen Vogue. And Matthew’s healthcare advocacy story-telling has been featured in Vox and by MoveOn.org.

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Elena Hung

Elena Hung

Elena Hung is the President and Co-Founder of Little Lobbyists, a family-led organization that advocates for children with complex medical needs and disabilities. Her daughter Xiomara was born with a number of medical issues, and is thriving today as a result of quality care (and a bit of luck). Elena, Xiomara, and families like them have been visiting Capitol Hill and offices across the country to speak with lawmakers and their staffers about what is possible with access to quality, affordable health care, and what is at stake without it.

Her opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Vox, HuffPost, and other publications. She was honored with the “Speak Up For Better Health” award by the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst and recognized as “Ally of the Year” by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (2018).

Elena is also one of the national co-chairs of Health Care Voter, a campaign holding elected officials accountable for their votes on health care.

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Odunola Ojewumi

Ola Ojewumi

Ola Ojewumi is a writer and a community organizer based in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of the global education nonprofit organization, Project ASCEND. The Clinton Global Initiative, MTV, Intel, Glamour Magazine, and The Huffington Post have praised her charitable initiatives. Ola is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and a champion for higher education in marginalized communities.

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