Is your health insurance working for you?

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the UMass Student Union, the League of Women Voters of Amherst will host a program entitled Speak Out for Health Care Justice: Is Health Care in Massachusetts Working for You?

The goal of this effort is to collect stories about problems accessing and paying for health care in Massachusetts in order to build support for bills which would move Massachusetts to a single payer system. The remarks will be addressed to a panel of experts in the health care field and elected representatives. We also will ask speakers to write up their stories so we can pass them on to local Legislators and members of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

This is the third in a series of programs originally proposed by Senator Jamie Eldridge (D, Acton), who is the lead Senate sponsor of the "Medicare for All Massachusetts" bill. The first program, attended by over 90 medical students and community members, was held in the fall of 2014 at the Harvard Medical School. The second program, attended by over 50 medical students and community members, was held in the spring of 2015 at the UMass Medical School in Worcester.

All League members are invited to attend and share stories about high deductibles, high co-pays, accelerating drug prices, problems getting appointments with physicians, etc. Bring family members and friends. Help us spread the word.

Please come! But if you can't attend, please send your stories to Jackie Wolf.