MEDIA ADVISORY: Students Take Action to Advance Health Care Reform

Students Take Action to Advance Health Care Reform

RALEIGH (Oct. 15, 2009) --  On Thursday October 15, 2009, students on campuses across the state will take action to support health care reform. Students will gather signatures for a petition to members of Congress asking them to support health care legislation that ensures affordability, access, and choice for all Americans.   

Emily Littlejohn, a student volunteer at NC Central who has helped coordinate this volunteer effort, is excited to see students getting involved in the health care debate.  "Students know that health care is a fundamental right," said Littlejohn.  "And making sure Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care is something that will benefit us all." 

The activities at NC Central are part of a larger student day of action on college campuses across the state.  This day of action kicks off a new campaign for students to engage their peers and community members in the health care debate.

"Students are sending the message to lawmakers that we need health care reform that helps new college graduates afford high quality health insurance," said Hope Marasco, Outreach Coordinator with the NC Health Access Coalition, a member partner of Health Care for America Now. 

When this student campaign concludes, students will have gathered thousands of signatures from voters in key Congressional Districts across the state.  Students will hand deliver the petitions they have collected to Senator Hagan's office and send copies to Senator Burr and the appropriate congressional representatives.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Hope Marasco (919) 863-2405, hope@ncjustice.org; Emily Littlejohn, (919) 426-7448, Elittle3@eagles.nccu.edu