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Spanberger to Host Telephone Town Hall Focused on COVID-19 & Healthcare Issues in Central Virginia

Wednesday’s Event will be the Congresswoman’s Seventh Public Telephone Town Hall Since the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Henrico, July 13, 2020

HENRICO, V.A. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger will host a telephone town hall on Wednesday, July 15 with Virginia Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver to discuss the challenges facing Central Virginia patients, providers, and healthcare systems as the COVID-19 crisis continues. The live event will also be streamed on Spanberger’s website and Facebook page.

During her interactive telephone town hall on Wednesday, Spanberger and Commissioner Oliver will deliver brief updates on the current situation in the Commonwealth, and they will answer questions from Seventh District residents about the ongoing response to COVID-19 at the federal and state levels. Additionally, Spanberger will answer questions about her work in Congress to protect coverage for Central Virginians with pre-existing conditions and lower drug costs for Seventh District seniors and families.

“As our nation experiences surges in COVID-19, we need to take responsible steps that protect our most vulnerable neighbors, keep our healthcare workers safe, and make sure our small businesses can reopen without putting their employees and customers at risk. In recent weeks, I’ve listened to healthcare providers and experts describe their concerns about continued PPE shortages, rising prescription drug costs, and the need for strengthened federal assistance for nursing homes and community clinics,” said Spanberger. “This week’s telephone town hall will be an opportunity for Seventh District residents to have a direct conversation about the right path forward in the midst of a surging pandemic. I look forward to sharing this interactive platform with Dr. Oliver, and I hope many Central Virginians will join the town hall to share their personal stories and provide feedback about my work in Congress.”

WHO:          

U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger

M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health

WHEN: Wednesday, July 15, 6:45-7:45pm ET

DETAILS: To join the interactive telephone town hall, constituents should dial-in to 855-920-0555. To listen live to the conversation, Central Virginians can go to https://spanberger.house.gov/live or Spanberger’s Facebook page during the event.

Wednesday’s telephone town hall will be Spanberger’s seventh free, public telephone town hall since the COVID-19 pandemic began focused on the impacts of the virus on Central Virginia families, businesses, and seniors . Last month, she hosted a virtual telephone town hall with U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), Virginia Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Dr. Janice Underwood, and VCU Massey Cancer Center Director Dr. Robert Winn to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impacts on minority communities in Central Virginia and across the country. Click here to watch a full recording of the event.

Last month, Spanberger voted with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation that would protect healthcare coverage for millions of Virginians with pre-existing conditions, reduce premiums, and lower prescription drug costs for Central Virginia seniors and families.

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