Town hall meeting answers questions on health care

Published: Apr. 18, 2017 at 9:47 PM CDT
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People gathered in the Fox Valley Tuesday evening to get questions answered about the future of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and America's health system.

"It's a great opportunity to continue to educate on the importance of coverage to care models and getting people insured. We don't want to go backwards, and we want to continue the momentum going forward to make sure people are covered, with the young people who are just looking for preventive care and people with pre-existing conditions. We want to make sure people are really educated around the issues," Trish Sarvela of Partnership Community Health Center said.

After a Republican-led charge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act broke down on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration has crafted a plan it says is designed to stabilize shaky insurance markets.

Tuesday's town hall-style event was held at Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and organized by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a coalition which says it's committed to social, economic and environmental justice.

An event organizer says more than 80 people attended the meeting. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay) was invited but neither he nor representatives of his office attended.