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Black Women's Roundtable and AARP launch national healthcare campaign

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Wednesday, May 31 the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) Black Women's Roundtable (BWR), in collaboration with the AARP, announced the launch of its 'HealthCARE is a Human Right #NotAPrivelege' Campaign (BWR Healthcare Campaign).

The campaign was created as a call to action that is focused on protecting Medicare, Medicaid and quality affordable health care for seniors, children, young adults and the poor and also protecting Social Security for seniors, dependents and the disabled. 

NCBCP President and CEO Melanie Campbell and Convenor of the Black Women's Roundtable shared why they chose to embark on the campaign:

"Given the drastic cuts in the President's proposed budget that includes a proposed $1.4 trillion cut in Medicaid, the continued attacks against the Affordable Health Care Act, and the looming attacks against Social Security and other safety net federal programs, it is vital that Black women and all people of good will speak out and challenge their Congressional representatives to be the 'check and balance' that their constituents voted them to be and protect the most vulnerable in our communities, our children, seniors, working families and the poor.

Edna Kane Williams, AARP Senior Vice President said, 

"Protecting affordable health care is one of the fundamental tenets of our mission. It is imperative that we continue to advocate against the proposed budget cuts to key health programs and acknowledge the importance of health care and the overall well-being of Black women and their families."

The BWR 'HealthCARE is a Human Right #NotAPrivilege' Campaign will include tele-town halls, social media engagement, op-eds, blogs, Twitter Thunderclaps, Twitter Chats, community organizing during the August Congressional Recess, and other public awareness and calls to action efforts.

These strategies are to highlight the importance of health care and other safety-net programs to the well-being of Black women and families.

In addition, the NCBCP will also continue to disseminate elements of the BWR Report, Black Women in the U.S., 2017, that also address these issues.

Key findings of this report will be promoted as a part of the social media campaign.

Future surveys and polls conducted by the BWR will feature expanded questions focused on health care, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare to further access these policy priorities.

The BWR HealthCARE Campaign is also supported by the Moriah Fund. For more information on the campaign contact Ebonee Rice, BWR Projects Manager, NCBCP, at or (202) 659-4929.

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