October 2, 2020, MPB, Kobee Vance – Members of Southerners for Medicaid Expansion are holding a vigil honoring the more than 200,000 people who have died from the Coronavirus in the US. The coalition believes by not expanding the healthcare program, it has hurt the south’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially for essential workers who’s jobs are low pay. Dr. Charlene Collier with the state Department of Health says the coronavirus only made health disparities worse. “One of those being not having health insurance and access to adequate healthcare so even when you’re thinking you’re sick you don’t have a doctor to start your care with, and then once you do finally get coverage, it’s often for something that’s more catastrophic, so not getting that early preventive care,” says Dr. Collier. View Story.