Videos Highlight Long-Standing Barriers to Health Care and Ongoing Challenges in Mississippi
LANETT, AL – August 6, 2020 – With the COVID-19 pandemic shining a bright light on the importance of affordable and accessible health insurance coverage, Medicaid continues to be a central topic of discussion among public health advocates, hospital and health systems administrators, community leaders and state lawmakers. Now that conversation continues inthe world of arts and culture.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) documentary On the Edge: Health Care in Alabama was recently selected as a finalist for the Lanett City Film Festival taking place next week. On the Edge will be shown on Wednesday August 10 at 5 p.m. The screening with be followed by a special Q&A session with ACS CAN Alabama Government Relations Director Ginny Campbell.
Through the power of storytelling, the film aims to bring together decision makers, community members and the public to have a diaglouge about the critical services Medicaid provides.
“When we first shot the film last summer, I was blown away by the passion and unique experiences of each individual featured,” shared Campbell. “It’s a film that sparks a special connection with every audience, no matter where we show it. I think it’s even more deeply felt in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic because it reiterates the importance of access to care and the role that Medicaid can play during a public health crisis.”
On the Edge explores the serious challenges faced by hospitals, providers and patients in rural Alabama. Their stories highlight the crucial role Medicaid health insurance plays for individuals, families, communities, healthcare providers and state economies.
"I'm excited to see the stories of real people in this country and home town folks doing their best for their families and communities continue to be shared throughout the country," shared film star Dr. Lee Carter on the film's selection. "Not because of the notoriety but because of the message On the Edge shares about understanding and unity, community and coverage. Particularly in today's times, Medicaid is absolutely essential to our health care system."
In Alabama, 28,570 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. For many of them, access to care through Medicaid could be the difference between life and death.
“By helping to ensure people have access to health care when they need it most, Medicaid makes it possible for people to care for their families and pay the bills,” added Campbell. “It helps ensure kids here in Alabama can get services like early screening and detection that help them manage health issues like asthma or vision problems, allowing them to better participate and succeed in school. It helps keep hospital doors open to provide lifesaving care for people with cancer and other diseases.”
About ACS CAN
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.