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DALLAS, April 10, 2020 — Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health, joined the chief executives of other leading national public health groups in calling on policymakers to address the plight of people facing the coronavirus and other serious conditions without health insurance.

In an op-ed originally published in The Hill newspaper, the chief executives urge the White House and Congress to open a special enrollment period for comprehensive health coverage offered under the Affordable Care Act, so families can be assured of getting the health care they need.

“The health of our country is dependent on individuals and their family members being able to access health care without delay,” wrote Nancy Brown, along with Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and Tracey D. Brown, CEO of the American Diabetes Association. “The administration should move swiftly to reconsider and allow a special enrollment period for comprehensive ACA plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic so residents in every state have an opportunity to access quality health coverage. If the administration does not take that step, Congress should pass legislation requiring a special enrollment period.”

To read the full op-ed, visit The Hill’s website.

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