Important op-ed piece from Dr. Khadijah Lang, President of the Golden State Medical Association, reminding us all of how many policies create cumulative impacts on people of color and low income communities – and the connections between climate change and ACA repeal.
“Just days into the new congressional session, Republicans are acting aggressively to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with little consensus on what will replace it. Should they succeed, as others have noted, the impacts on California’s residents and economy will be severe. California wholeheartedly embraced the ACA and as a result, rates of uninsured have dropped by half, to just 11% of the state. Repealing the law would mean that 4.9 million Californians who either bought insurance on the exchange or became eligible for Medi-Cal will lose their coverage.”
Read about Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s work to address climate change, the first in a series of blogs highlighting the climate change and health work of Local Health Departments. Local health departments are increasingly stepping up to address climate change, each in their own way. Local health departments (LHDs) have a critical role to play in addressing climate change. LHDs are mandated to protect and promote the health of residents in their jurisdiction, and provide critical health services and prevention programs especially to the most vulnerable and in under-resourced communities. LHDs also have working relationships with the many other government agencies who shape living conditions that interact with climate change to impact health.
Sponsor: APHA, Health Care Without Harm, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and The Nature Conservancy
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APHA, Health Care Without Harm, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and The Nature Conservancy are proud to present the webinar “Climate Changes Health: Clean Energy Changes Climate”. The webinar will provide information about the health impacts of climate change and explore clean energy solutions to mitigate climate change and advance health.