Rep. Horn to Host Health Care Town Hall, Address Coronavirus
Town hall will address access to care, drug prices, and federal, state, and local response to the coronavirus
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Monday, Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5) announced a Health Care Town Hall on Saturday, March 7, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. In addition to covering issues including drug pricing and access to care, the town hall will address efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus with updates from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department on the local response to the public health crisis.
“My top priority is making sure Oklahomans have the information and access to care they need to stay healthy,” said Congresswoman Horn. “This Saturday’s event will include information from health experts on how to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones and what steps we can take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. During a public health emergency it is more important than ever that individuals have access to affordable, quality care. Our town hall will also address issues including strengthening access to health care, controlling the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, and protecting Oklahomans with pre-existing conditions. We cannot let Oklahomans fall through the cracks of our health system.”
Health Care Town Hall with Congresswoman Kendra Horn
Saturday’s panel includes Oklahoma City-County Health Department Executive Director Dr. Patrick McGough, Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma Director of Operations Natalie Bayne and a representative from the Latino Community Development Agency. An Oklahoma City-County Health Department epidemiologist will also provide an update on the public health response to the coronavirus.
“Health care is an issue that affects every single one of us,” said Oklahoma City-County Health Department executive director Dr. Patrick McGough. “Here at OCCHD, we uniquely understand the challenges our community faces, whether it’s the cost of prescription drugs, access to quality care, or concern surrounding the coronavirus, and we are prepared to assist and protect our community. An authentic discussion on these issues is one of the best ways we can begin to tackle them. I’m glad to join Congresswoman Horn, Oklahoma County residents and other experts to address these topics this Saturday.”
More information on the coronavirus and how Oklahomans can stay safe is available on the Oklahoma City-County Health Department’s website. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses, including avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.