On Thursday, May 22, Arkansas You’re the Cure advocates and Central Arkansas volunteers met for an Advocacy Afterhours post session reception. State Advocacy Chair Vickie Wingfield led the meeting and introduced the special guest for the evening, House Speaker Davy Carter.
Speaker Carter spoke about the importance of volunteer involvement in the legislative process and gave an inside look into the Private Option funding that was passed during the 2014 Fiscal Session.
As a champion of the Private Option, he spoke to both the economic and public health benefits it will provide in Arkansas. Thanks to the efforts of YTC advocates and legislative champions 100,000 Arkansas residents will keep their private insurance and many more will have access in the future.
Grassroots Action Team Chair Kathy Haynie then presented Speaker Carter with over 300 thank you letters signed by American Heart Association advocates and supporters in recent months.