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When Paul was a teenager, he suffered a brain injury in an accident. He is honest and hard-working, but repercussions from his injury can make it difficult for him to maintain a full-time job. He currently works part-time with no benefits.
Because of his injury, going without health insurance isn't an option for Paul. But even though he makes about $18,000 a year, he has been paying for his medical insurance out of pocket. His premium is currently $500 a month, and with his $2,000 deductible, he ends up spending close to half of his income each year on health insurance.
Now in his early 50s, Paul hasn't been able to save for retirement because of his high health insurance costs. He has been living with his parents to reduce his expenses. But now that they are retired, he and his sister, Allison, who is also his health care representative, have started worrying about the future. Allison explains, "It can be very frightening, for him and for me, worrying about the idea that he might not have coverage at some point or not have the money to pay for it. If he can't save for retirement or pay for his medical care, what's going to happen to him?"
So Paul and Allison sat down with a PPMNS Navigator to find out what Paul's health insurance options are under the ACA. It turns out that Paul is eligible for Medical Assistance with a 100% subsidy, so he won't have to pay a premium at all.
Both Paul and Allison are thrilled with the news. "My brother is somebody who works hard and doesn't want a handout," Allison says. "So for him to have that much more money will be huge, because he can take better care of himself financially. He can save money for retirement; he can buy his own clothing and pay for his own car. He's very excited. And he's not somebody who will take it for granted."
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EMILY SHAFTEL, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
CONTACT: Emily Shaftel, 612-760-5313
Today, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) Action Fund applauds Governor Mark Dayton’s selection of Tina Smith as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President of the PPMNS Action Fund, on the announcement.
"For more than two decades, Tina Smith has been a respected leader on behalf of women's economic security and women's rights at the city, state, and national level. She's been a champion in the ongoing effort to break down barriers to economic stability for all women and their families. She is smart, bold, hard-working, and knows Minnesota. She'll be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor.
"In selecting Smith, Governor Dayton has once again demonstrated his strong commitment to women's issues, particularly women’s access to the health care they need to maintain healthy lives and healthy families. There is no Governor in the country who is as strong a champion for women as Mark Dayton.
"Smith has had a very successful career working in business, the non-profit sector, and government. It has truly been our good fortune that over the past three years she's brought her immense talent and energy to the position of Chief of Staff for the Governor, bringing people together to creatively assess problems, find solutions, and make government work better for Minnesotans. I look forward to her leadership as Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor."
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the political arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.
It's not easy being in a position where your words are always being scrutinized, fact-checked, and quoted without context—but that's the life of a politician.
It's easy to go off message in live interviews and debates, when unleashing some deeply bonkers comment can end your political career (think Todd Akin and "legitimate rape"). That's why written speeches are so alluring. Your message is thought through and polished into something you, your peers, and your advisors can agree on.
So, how did no one see the problem with this whopper in the GOP's official rebuttal of last night's State of the Union Address? (Watch at 7:42.)
"Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government's."
As Planned Parenthood Action pointed out on their Facebook page, mere hours before the rebuttal was delivered, this happened:
And that's only the most recent in a sharp upward trend of conservative legislators—most often on the state level—pulling out all the stops to limit reproductive rights and access to health care. We could spend all day screencapping headlines to match the 70 state-level abortion restrictions passed in 2013 alone, but instead we'll deliver an internet-approved rebuttal reaction—gifs.
When we heard Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers say "Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government's" ➙
HOLLY HARRISON, WEB EDITOR AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Following politics on the national stage? Then you should know that the House votes today on a bill that would effectively eliminate abortion coverage for millions of women. The so-called "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" would make it nearly impossible for women to access insurance coverage that includes abortion.
This bill would not only raise taxes for many women and small businesses, eliminate their insurance options, and take away coverage they already have, it could also require "rape audits" in which women have to prove to the IRS that they were raped, and make women facing dangerous and life-threatening health complications pay out-of-pocket for a procedure than can cost thousands of dollars.
The White House weighed in yesterday, saying the President would veto the bill were it to make it to his desk. Still, you should make your voice heard on this issue — send a note to your representative urging them to vote no on HR 7.
You can read more about the bill over on the trusty RH Reality Check: House Republicans Send Anti-Choice 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion' Bill to the Floor
Ready or Hot: Fashion Meets Passion for Planned Parenthood is a celebration of love, reproductive health and fashion just in time for Valentine’s Day. It's a fundraiser, cleverly disguised as a dance party and fashion show, with the evening's centerpiece a catwalk by some of Planned Parenthood's coolest cats and kittens.
6:00–7:00 p.m. Registration, Chowgirls hors d'oeuvres, and social hour
7:00–7:30 p.m. Fashion Show
All evening: Music, Cocktails, Photo Booth, Cupid's Silent Auction, Giveaways
On the 41st Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, it's important for Minnesotans to take a moment to recognize Governor Dayton for his commitment to women's reproductive rights and access to health care.
If it weren't for his leadership and veto power, Minnesota could have become a much different state for women in 2011 and 2012. And if it weren't for his fellow women's health champions in the legislature, Minnesota could have wound up like the 27 other states now considered "hostile toward abortion rights"—that's a jump from 13 in just over a decade because of the laws passed and signed by anti women's health elected officials.
Roe v. Wade turns 41 today. That marks 41 years of protecting every woman's constitutional right to make her own personal health care decisions and a renewal of our commitment to keep it that way.
Along with the rest of the members of the Minnesota Choice Coalition, we'd like our supporters to join us today in celebration of the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #RespectRoe. Feel free to share the images below or, better yet, tweet a photograph of yourself with a handwritten sign that describes why you #RespectRoe. If you send your photos to email@example.com, it will be posted on the MN Choice Coalition Facebook page.
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Our third and final advocacy salon of the year couldn’t have been a bigger hit! Despite the sub-zero wind-chill, 55 young men and women gathered in the Underground Dining Room at Hell's Kitchen for an evening of conversation and education. Hosted by Born After Roe: Planned Parenthood's Next Generation, this salon focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and why it’s the greatest advancement in women's health in a generation.
The evening kicked off with a welcome from Sarah Stoesz, President of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund, who reminded us about the continued political attacks on women's health and access to health care. Then Lori Sturdevant, columnist at the Star Tribune, spoke of the ACA and its benefits for women. Both women spoke specifically to the power of millennials to move women’s health care access forward and to utilize the ACA as a means to greater equity and access.
Particularly moved by the information about MNsure.org, our state health insurance exchange, were two recent college graduates in attendance. They were surprised and comforted to find out that their birth control would now be free under the new health care law and that they could find a plan they could afford given their part-time employment situations. The two women had an array of questions for Alison Adamson, one of Planned Parenthood’s MNsure-certified enrollment specialists, or Navigators, who provided an enrollment process overview for the audience and hung around after to answer specific questions and set up appointments.
Additionally, nine other guests signed up to volunteer with our Obamacare Outreach Team, which is busy calling young, uninsured women across the state to educate them about the ACA and connect them to enrollment specialists. You can join us, too—it's amazing!—just email our organizer and let her know you’re interested in learning more.
The Born After Roe Steering Committee will meetin January to plan salons and other engagement opportunities for 2014. Got ideas? Want to join the committee? Just want an email the next time a Born After Roe event rolls around? Let us know you're interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.#BornAfterRoe - 12/9/2014
OLIVIA B., BORN AFTER ROE STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER and OBAMACARE OUTREACH TEAM PHONEBANKER