Initiating Legislative and governmental conversations at state and local levels on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Expansion, the SC HIV/ADS Care Crisis Task Force (funded by AIDS United) is sponsoring Press Conferences, Partner Capacity Building Training Sessions, and Community Panel Forums throughout the state. Attend the Community Forum in your area to learn more and learn how to contact your legislators about this important issue.

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A Press Conference will be held at several of our events to release the findings of a major research initiative conducted by the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School that demonstrates the importance of Medicaid Expansion, in particular, to maintain or improve both individual and public health as well as reduce health care costs.
 
The Capacity Building Training Sessions will be used to bring our partner agencies and allies up to speed on what the Task Force membership already knows about the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion. These are special RSVP events. If your agency would like to send a representative for training, please contact the local sponsor as soon as possible.

Robert Greenwald. Professor at Harvard Law and Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, will facilitate these sessions to provide focused, detailed guidance on specific ACA implementation issues, including Medicaid Expansion, Essential Health Benefits, and patient navigation and outreach. This training will provide community-based advocates, from diverse chronic disease, disability, and health-related groups, with the tools necessary to support and enhance collaborative efforts around ACA advocacy and implementation.

 
The Community Panel Forums will include a panel of speakers representing multiple health reform stakeholders. The panel will include community advocacy leaders and will provide interactive presentations for community engagement and learning. The panel will also include Robert Greenwald, Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation - Harvard Law School, who will provide an update on federal and state level Affordable Care Act implementation efforts, with a focus on addressing the care and treatment needs of people living with chronic health conditions.
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
4/TBA     Florence
sponsored by HopeHealth

for more information contact Carl Humphries
Partner Training TBA
Community Forum TBA
 
COMPLETED EVENTS:
12/12/12   Columbia
sponsored by SCHACCTF

for more information contact Michael Bivens
 (communications@schacctf.org)
Press Conference 10:00am - 11:30am
State House Rotunda
Partner Training 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Clarion Hotel
Community Forum 6:00pm - 8:00pm
University of SC School of Law Auditorium
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Press Conference/Community Forums Event Flyer
Community Forum Poster, Community Forum Sponsors Poster
 
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03/18/13   Spartanburg
sponsored by Piedmont Care

for more information contact Tracey Jackson (tracey@piedmontcare.org)
Partner Training 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Harley Rm, Richardson Athletic Bldg Wofford College
Community Forum 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Leonard Auditorium, Main Bldg Wofford College
 
Partner Training Session
Capacity Building Training session held at the Richardson Athletic Bldg at Wofford College Tracey Jackson, from Piedmont Care,
hosted this event in Spartanburg
Rozalynn Goodwin (SC Hospital Assoc.) and Katherine Record (Harvard Law)
being introduced as today's speakers
Both ladies gave compelling and reasoned discussions about why Medicaid Expansion is needed. Hopefully, armed with facts and figures and common sense arguments, the 30+ attendees at this training event can be better advocates for the Expansion.
Please see the TOOLS section below to download the presentations (pdf form) from Katherine Record. Use the great information and talking points from her presentation to speak to others (co-workers, families and Legislators) about Medicaid Expansion.
The Community Forum
Later that evening, in a thunderstorm with torrential downpours, we held a Community Forum in the Leonard Auditorium in Main Bldg. at Wofford College. Many of the 50+ people attending this event were students from campus.
Along with the storm, we had a gremlin in the works. The lights on stage choose to do whatever they wanted. Although our speakers were caught off-guard each time the spotlights flashed on, for the most part the audience was able to see all the slides.
   
Our information table was set up in the entrance foyer so that everyone passing by had access to literature about the Task Force, a list of the State Senators and Representatives from this area and an important postcard. These postcards are branded with the Task Force logo and a simple request asking for our Legislators to approve Medicaid Expansion.
After each of the speakers spoke for 15 minutes with their take on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion, our panelists took questions from the audience. Several people wanted more information or clarifications on the points the speakers made; while others wanted to simply voice their approval or disapproval of the Expansion.
Please see the TOOLS section below to download the presentations (pdf form) from Rozalynn Goodwin and Katherine Record. We have also provided for your convenience a list of legislators from the Spartanburg area, so that you can contact them and voice YOUR opinion. We also have two postcards requesting Medicaid Expansion that you can print and send to your Legislators (one is very generalized and the other one is HIV-specific).

03/19/13   Rock Hill
sponsored by Catawba Care

for more information contact Anita Case (acase@catawbacare.org)
Press Conference 9:30am - 10:30am
Tuttle Dining Hall
Winthrop University
Partner Training 11:30am - 1:30pm
Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House
Community Forum 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Baxter Hood Center
Partner Training Flyer Community Forum Flyer
The Press Conference
Starting off the morning in the Rock Hill, we held a Press Conference in the Tuttle Dining Hall at Winthrop University. A half dozen reporters from the area attended to hear from our speakers.
Lucas Mcfadden from CN2 was there to learn more before moderating the Community Forum held later that night and also brought along a news camera. Information about our Community Forum and Medicaid Expansion was on the news that night at 6pm
The Directory of United Way of York County spoke eloquently and movingly about the need in OUR community for Medicaid Expansion.
Physicians talked about the need for expanding Medicaid
   
 
Anita Case, Executive Director of Catawba Care, spoke of how Medicaid Expansion will help those dealing with chronic diseases - like HIV. Catawba Care is the local AIDS Service Organization hosting the events in Rock Hill today.
The Capacity Building Training Session
Gathering various health care and community partners together, a training was held to help them be better advocates for Medicaid Expansion. These 35 representatives were given information that they could take back to their organizations to engage workers AND clients to advocate for a better health care program in South Carolina.
The Community Forum
The Baxter Hood Auditorium
   
Well over 110 people came out to tonight's forum. They seemed very interested in all the speakers and had very good questions in the Q & A section of the program.
Catawba Care Peer Counselor Coordinator and Task Force Member, Lane Brafford, did a great job of greeting people, passing out information packets and speaking about Catawba Care and SCHACCTF.
Task Force member Elizabeth McClendon introduces Task Force Chair Johanna Haynes to Ruth Webb. Ruth is a long-timer volunteer and supporter of Catawba Care. The annual award for the volunteer of the year is named after her. I have been especially honored by Catawba Care with the Ruth Webb Volunteer of Year Award for the last two years.
   
Anita Case, the Executive Director opens up the Forum
CN2 Anchor Lucas McFadden was
the moderator for the evening.
To the Forum Attendees we passed out bags filled with information about Medicaid Expansion, SCHACCTF and several of our partners. Along with the Catawba Care pamphlets and pens, we included "Accept ME SC" fliers, ME and HIV fliers, list of the local Legislators, SCHACCTF/"Accept ME" postcards, candy and information with Tell Them!.
   
We were very pleased to have Tony Keck, the Director of SC Health and Human Services, join our panel tonight to speak for the Halley Administration
 
Katherine Record (JD, MPH, MA, Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School) spoke to the need of Medicaid Expansion in SC. She provided information showing the current situation in our state and how this expansion would benefit the state.
Several people in the audience asked questions during the discussion section of the program.
   
Lucas McFadden recognized the audience members with questions, while Anita Case made sure those questions were heard by providing a microphone.
Michael Bivens, the SCHACCTF Communications Chair, has been blogging, tweeting, and posting throughout our statewide tour

 

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Katherine Record for her assistance with our ME Forums. Katherine was not only a good speaker ; but well-informed on the situation in our state. She spoke eloquently about ME, gave reasoned rebuttals to the opposition, and an informed look at how ME has already worked in Massachusetts. We very much appreciated Katherine this week and thought she did an excellent job.
Please see the TOOLS section below to download the presentations (pdf form) from Rozalynn Goodwin and Katherine Record. We have also provided for your convenience a list of legislators from the Rock Hill area, so that you can contact them and voice YOUR opinion. We also have two postcards requesting Medicaid Expansion that you can print and send to your Legislators (one is very generalized and the other one is HIV-specific).

3/20/13     Greenville
sponsored by AID Upstate

for more information contact Andy Hall (andy.hall@aidupstate.org)
Partner Training 12:00pm - 2:00pm
University Center Auditorium
Community Forum 6:00pm - 8:00pm
University Center Auditorium

Partner Training/Community Forum Flyer
The Capacity Building Training Session
For the third day of Partner Training and Community Forums, we went back the upstate area to the University Center in Greenville.
Once again we had a large crowd for the Capacity Building Training. Over 58 people packed the room listening to our speakers.
After checking in our guests for today's training, and grabbing one of the boxed lunches, Michael made sure to take pictures and post about this event.
 
Now that Katherine has left, we have Robert Greenwald as our main speaker. Robert is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director for the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School.

Please see the TOOLS section below to download the presentations (pdf form) from Robert Greenwald. Use the great information and talking points from his presentation to speak to others (co-workers, families) about Medicaid Expansion. Also remember to use this information when contacting your Legislators about this important issue.
One of my great friends from Tell Them!
Stacie Thompson.

Tell Them! is an e-advocacy group that tracks SC legislation dealing with anything dealing with sexual health care - like HIV, AIDS Drug Assistance Program, teen pregnancy, STDs, and sex education. Check out the information about their recent report and forums about Sex Education in SC at http://tellthemsc.org.
 
 Our Sponsor Board and Information Table were on display at every venue. We distributed "Accept ME SC" fliers, SCHACCTF pamphlets, list of the local Legislators, SCHACCTF/"Accept ME" postcards, pens, and candy.
The Community Forum
Unfortunately, attendance was very slim at the Greenville Community Forum; but we did have 14 people from the area come out to learn more Medicaid Expansion.
   
Here's another one of my friends, Marnie Hanley from Community STOP Gaps (helping people obtain social services, and looking out for those living with Hepatitis C
   
A little behind-the-scenes view of the Greenville Community Forum
 

Please see the TOOLS section below to download the presentations (pdf form) from Rozalynn Goodwin and Robert Greenwald. We have also provided for your convenience a list of legislators from the Greenville area, so that you can contact them and voice YOUR opinion. We also have two postcards requesting Medicaid Expansion that you can print and send to your Legislators (one is very generalized and the other one is HIV-specific).


3/21/13     Charleston
sponsored by Low Country AIDS Service

for more information contact Bradley Childs (bchilds@aid-services.com)

sponsored by Roper St. Francis Ryan White
or Ashley Redmond
(Ashley.Redmond@rsfh.com)
Partner Training 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Felix C Davis Community Center
Community Forum 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mt. Moraih Missionary Baptist Church

Partner Training Registration
Request .doc
The Capacity Building Training Session
The final day of our advocacy tour found us in North Charleston for our partner training session.
We had another good training turnout with 61 attendees at this event.
Johanna Haynes, Chair of the SC HIV/AIDS Care Crisis Task Force, talked about how funding is going to change without Medicaid Expansion and how this will negatively affect her agency - and her clients.
Maiava Blackwell (Liaison for the Task Force) and Michael Bivens (Communication Chair) make sure our member database is updated, catch up on Task Force correspondence, and make plans for moving forward by getting more consumers engaged in the Task Force
   
Robert Greenwald has been a great friend to the Task Force for quite some time. We can't thank him enough for all the work he has put into not only putting data together about our great State, HIV, and Medicaid; but for making numerous trips to our state to travel all over teaching hundreds of citizens about issues that affect all of us.
The Community Forum
Our final Community Forum not only had a local news anchor as a moderator; but we had a live broadcast from our event!
   
As at our other events, our Communication Chair (Michael) had set up an information table for the Task Force, along with advertising our sponsors, and providing SCHACCTF pamphlets, pens, candy, lists of the local Legislators and pro-ME postcards.
Maiava Blackwell, the Task Force Liaison, run down with Michael to help distribute postcards, talking point sheets, and to answer questions from our visitors.
 
Our panelists included Robert Greenwald, Rozalynn Goodwin, with Matthew Severance (CEO of Roper Hospital) and Reuben Pettiford (Executive Director of Franklin C Fetter Family Health Center Inc.)
 
The 50 attendees at this forum were very engaged and the panelists fielded quite a few questions from the audience.
Our own Dr. Bambi Gaddist, just in from meetings in Washington DC, stood up to talk about how the citizens of South Carolina needed to engage their Legislators in conversion to express their thoughts about Medicaid Expansion. The federal government has already approved this program and it is now up to US to voice our opinion in SC.
Please see the TOOLS section below to download the presentations (pdf form) from Rozalynn Goodwin and Robert Greenwald. We have also provided for your convenience a list of legislators from the Charleston area, so that you can contact them and voice YOUR opinion. We also have two postcards requesting Medicaid Expansion that you can print and send to your Legislators (one is very generalized and the other one is HIV-specific).

   
 

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Some PDFs filled with great detailed information from United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), Harvard Law School Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, Treatment Access Expansion Project. These are definitely worth downloading and studying to become fully versed on the Affordable Care Act.
 
Miscellaneous Information
Health Care Reform Update and Advocacy Priorities
Defending Medicaid and Medicare at the State and Federal Level
Affordable Care Act Priorities for Women living with or at Risk for HIV

Presentations from SCHACCTF Meetings
Planning for Successful Medicaid Expansion Advocacy in SC
Charles Stephens (AIDS United)
Medicaid Expansion Talking Points Review
Michael Bivens (SCHACCTF Communications)
   

Slide Presentations from our featured Speakers
Medicaid Expansion in SC:
Why Access to Health Care Matters

(pdf format)

Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School March 2013

presented by Katherine Record
Medicaid Expansion in SC:
Why Expanding Access to Health Care Matters

(pdf format)
(version from Capacity Building Training Class)

Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School March 2013

presented by Robert Greenwald

 
Front and Back Views of the Postcard PDF File
General Pro-Medicaid Expansion HIV-Specific Pro-Medicaid Expansion
 
Complete Legislator Guide for South Carolina
 
Legislator Lists from the areas around
Spartanburg, Rock Hill, Greenville, and Charleston
Spartanburg Rock Hill
Greenville Charleston
 
 
 
 

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