Ready to cast your ballot? Election Day is almost here and recent polls show that healthcare is one of the top issues on voters’ minds. Here’s some quick election-related info for you.
- Election Day and voting basics – Tomorrow (November 6, 2018) is a general election for most states, except Louisiana (where November 6 is a primary and December 8 is a runoff general election). You can search for your polling place here. Learn more about voting in general, as well as voter accessibility laws for seniors and people with disabilities, and absentee voting info for military families and overseas U.S. citizens.
- Seats up for grabs – Candidates are vying for all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, 35 (of 100 total) U.S. Senate seats, 39 governor spots, and a number of state and local public offices. See who’s running for Congress in your state, and look into their stance on healthcare and other issues that matter to you.
- Pre-existing conditions=top issue – A spring 2018 poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that healthcare was a top issue for 22 percent of registered voters. More recently, a September poll found that healthcare is a top issue for 27 percent of voters. “KFF polling continues to find pre-existing conditions as a widespread concern and with the impending lawsuit Texas v. United States, a majority of the public say it is ‘very important’ that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing conditions ensuring guaranteed coverage (75 percent) and community rating (72 percent) remain law.” Revisit the results of a 2017 PatientsLikeMe poll about the ACA and the ACA repeal efforts of 2017.
- Health-related ballot measures – Several states have ballot measures concerning medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion and other healthcare matters. Check out ballot measures by topic and state.