Tuesday, June 5 was a great day for advocacy and heart health at the General Assembly. You’re the Cure advocates from across North Carolina came to Raleigh to advocate for closing the health care insurance coverage gap and investing in quality physical education. Over 60 volunteers met with lawmakers and distributed information to legislative offices.
hero_image_alt_text===Advocates from across NC gather for State Lobby Day
Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey kicked off the day’s meetings by welcoming everyone to the Department of Insurance, where they assembled into teams before heading to the legislature.
Teams met with lawmakers and made informational drops with legislative staff, sending a clear message that closing the health care coverage gap and investing in quality physical education were priorities in their communities. Advocates agreed that meeting with legislators and staff was their favorite part of the day. Ilana Adlee, a longtime youth advocate with the American Heart Association, said she enjoyed “relating the issues to the personal lives of the legislators.”
Advocates meet with Senator Joyce Waddell to discuss the issues.
You’re the Cure advocates, legislators, staff, and other dignitaries participated in a walk for heart health around the Capitol, showing support for better cardiovascular health and treatment. Notable attendees included State Superintendent Mark Johnson, Auditor Beth Wood, Representative John Autry, and Secretary Mandy Cohen. Advocates enjoyed the break as an opportunity to stretch their legs, enjoy the sites at the Capitol, and talk about heart health.
After legislative meetings ended in the afternoon, advocates toured the Department of Insurance, and learned about the Department’s broad impact on the health and prosperity of North Carolinians. Thank you to all the You’re the Cure advocates for their participation in this exciting event!
You can add your voice by letting your lawmakers know that you support closing the coverage gap and investing in quality physical education.