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ACS CAN's Medicaid Covers US campaign debuts second documentary, “On the Edge: Health Care in Alabama”

Earlier this month, the Medicaid Covers US campaign debuted its second documentary-style film, “On the Edge: Health Care in Alabama,” which follows individuals, families and health care professionals from across the state as they strive to take care of themselves and their communities. The film focuses on the impact that Medicaid has on the health and well-being of rural communities and the sustainability of hospitals, health systems and local workforce.

The film screening was held at Birmingham’s Sidewalk Cinema on Nov. 13 and included a panel discussion and Q+A session with Dr. Lee Carter of Autagaville, AL, who is featured in the film; Danne Howard with Alabama Hospital Association; Jim Carnes with Alabama Arise; Citseko Staples Miller, ACS CAN Director of State and Local Campaigns; and Ginny Campbell, ACS CAN Alabama Government Relations Director.

Medicaid Covers US is the public education campaign launched by the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in April 2019, intended to foster conversation about the value of Medicaid for the health of people and communities nationwide. As a health insurance program for low-income children and adults, seniors, and people with disabilities, Medicaid helps millions of Americans – including an estimated 2.3 million with a history of cancer – manage their care. The goal of the Medicaid Covers US campaign is to spotlight the critical role that Medicaid plays in helping people, communities, hospitals and economies thrive.

The campaign focuses on six target states: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and Louisiana, with additional work being executed in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Since September of 2018, ACS CAN staff have traveled throughout these states to gather stories from patients, health care providers and community members about what Medicaid means to them. The first documentary, “Critical Condition: Stories of Health in the Heartland,” premiered in Kansas in April and has been selected for four film festivals this year. Filming just wrapped in North Carolina for the third and final short film, which will premiere in January.

The Medicaid Covers US website and digital storybook highlight stories from patients with serious diseases who’ve received lifesaving care through Medicaid, and from providers who rely on the program to be able to reach as many residents in their communities as they can and to support their hospitals and clinics.

If you have questions about Medicaid Covers US or want to learn more about the campaign, please contact Citseko Staples Miller, ACS CAN director, state & local campaigns.

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