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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Something to Celebrate

What's better than one celebration? Two celebrations. Health & Disability Advocates, the parent organization for Illinois Health Matters, are tossing a party for their 20th anniversary, but they're sharing the stage with the national premiere of a critical documentary on the state of healthcare in America, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. The event is on Friday, Oct. 5th from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the AMC Loews theater in Chicago, IL. Tickets range from $20 to $120 and can be purchased here.

Most of you know what Health & Disability Advocates does. If you're like me, you've been influenced by their excellent work, directly or indirectly. I've worked with them to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act and about the high-risk pools for pre-existing conditions, helping people with diabetes or cancer or any of dozens of other conditions. Perhaps you've been the beneficiary of legal counselling through the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children or had a Illinois Warrior to Warrior Volunteer Veteran reach out to you in support. They've touched our lives in so many ways, and I'd like to invite you to come and honor their first 20 years of helping our communities.

Escape Fire, on the other hand, is brand new, and you have a chance to be the first to see this critical look at the American healthcare system. Healthcare policy wonk and recently retired head of Medicare and Medicaid under President Obama, Dr. Don Berwick, famously compared saving our healthcare system to a counterintuitive way to fight a fire, inspiring the name for the movie. Join us as we jump into the fire and see stories that highlight where the problems are and where Health & Disability Advocates are fighting every day to ensure problems like these don't persist.

Get your tickets for next week's event now, and I look forward to seeing you there!

David Zoltan,
Guest Blogger, Illinois Health Matters

More info on the event can be found here.

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