An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures

Residents need support to prevent economic disaster from COVID-19

7 so far! Let’s get to 10 signers!

The economic impact of the social distancing necessary to control COVID-19 is leaving many residents wondering how they will manage to pay the rent/mortgage, afford their medications, and also eat. For many residents, they will need to make a choice between these three. I am asking that the state immediately provide assistance to all residents to protect them from economic disaster. To protect our health, I am asking that MassHealth coverage be immediately made available to all residents, including wrap around coverage for those who have private insurance. Bringing the out of pocket cost of healthcare to $0 will allow every resident to treat their underlying conditions correctly without going hungry, which will boost the health and survival of all residents. To protect our housing, I am asking that the state either suspend rental and mortgage payments for all residents for 3 months, or provide a full 3-month housing subsidy covering the cost of rent or mortgage for any resident who applies, with no other criteria for approval. Please act soon. The more support we receive now, the less we will have to pick up the pieces later.

First sent on March 16, 2020 by Sarah

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