On Tuesday, November 5th, Miami-Dade County will put before voters the question of whether to sell bonds in order to borrow money to pay for critical improvements to the Jackson Memorial health system, the only public hospital serving our communities.
SAVE Dade Action PAC strongly endorses this effort, and we urge you to VOTE YES on November 5th.
Why does SAVE Dade, Miami-Dade's foremost advocate for the LGBT community, support this effort? As the county's only public hospital, Jackson Memorial serves many of the most underinsured populations in our community.
Because of a general lack of recognition of same-sex partnerships, LGBT people often face barriers to purchasing insurance through employers, the most common way Americans gain access to healthcare.
While the Affordable Care Act should make insurance purchased on the individual market more affordable, those who still cannot afford it will remain underinsured due to the Florida state government's refusal to expand access to Medicaid. These people will continue to rely on Jackson Memorial's policy of keeping its doors open to the underinsured.
Jackson Memorial was also one of the first hospitals to admit HIV-positive patients when the epidemic emerged in the 1980s. It continues to offer the widest and most accessible range of services to victims of HIV and AIDS, and it remains at the forefront of research into a cure.
As you may already know, LGBT populations, particularly men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, are disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
For these reasons, SAVE Dade Action PAC urges pro-equality voters to approve the initiative to fund Jackson Memorial's improvements in the November 5th election.
For more information on our endorsements, and to find out how to register to vote, request a vote-by-mail absentee ballot, vote early, or where to vote, go to savedade.org/2013