A Statement from Executive Director Elizabeth G. Taylor
Washington, DC – The National Health Law Program joins millions across the country in congratulating Joe Biden on his election victory. We are eager to work with the Biden administration to build a more equitable society; a nation where access to quality health care is not determined by a person’s race, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, income, class, health, immigration status, nationality, religious beliefs, language proficiency, or geographic location.
The people have spoken. We have chosen a more hopeful course. The challenges facing our country are manifold — some acute and some deeply rooted — but Biden’s victory gives us a path forward. Since 2017, we’ve fought tooth and nail to protect Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. While our first job will be to rollback harmful policies and address the ongoing COVID crisis, we plan to make forward progress.
We need to restore protections against discrimination in health care. We need to undo rules intended to intimidate immigrants trying to access health care to which they are legally entitled. We need to ensure that state Medicaid programs have the federal support they need to respond to the COVID crisis because the economic downturn makes Medicaid more essential than ever. We need to do better for our frontline workers and communities of color that have been disproportionately affected by COVID. We need to make sure that all insurance plans, both private and public, cover the full range of reproductive and sexual health services.”
Once the celebrations are over, we have work to do and we are grateful for the chance to do it.