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Senator King hears from AHA advocate

What did Maine AHA volunteer Mindy Beyer tell Senator King?

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American Heart Association incoming Maine Board President, Mindy Beyer, was invited by U.S. Senator Angus King to a “listening session” with about a dozen patients, caregivers and providers to discuss the Trump administration’s latest initiative to remove preexisting patient protections guaranteed to all Americans by the Affordable Care Act.  Mindy told her story.  She told the Senator about how her parents got the devastating news that she likely would not live past 3. She spoke to how she is a mom of a 6-year old and is celebrating her 40th birthday this year.  Her comments garnered applause from the Senator, his staff and the other advocates in the room.

Mindy’s congenital heart defect will likely require a heart transplant and, as she told Senator King, that would be impossible without health insurance.  Although there were many passionate advocates at the table, Senator King kept coming back to Mindy.  She used her You’re the Cure advocate training in an incredibly effective and compelling way and I was so proud of her.

Most importantly, the Senator heard her fears, as a survivor, as a mom and as a Mainer who cares about the state.  Mindy spoke for all of us and I would like to thank her for taking time out of her very busy schedule to represent the American Heart Association in this way.

For more on Mindy’s story click here: https://www.yourethecure.org/melinda_beyer_rn_survivor_champion

For more on the American Heart Association’s position on the latest attacks on the Affordable Care Act, click here: https://www.heart.org/en/news/2018/07/12/legal-battle-threatens-coverage-for-millions-of-americans-with-preexisting-conditions

If you would like the American Heart Association to share your story with Senator King, please send me an email to:  Becky.Smith@Heart.org.

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