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Delta physician joins 'Protect Patients First' tour

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Patients, doctors, hospitals and several leading national organizations that advocate for better health care are joining together to highlight concerns all Coloradans should have about health reform proposals being discussed in Congress, including the recently released U.S. Senate proposal. The groups -- which include AARP, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Federation of American Hospitals, March of Dimes, American Nurses Association, Colorado Medical Society, and Colorado Hospital Association -- are urging lawmakers to Protect Patients First, and will address shortcomings in four main areas: affordability of insurance, access to essential care, protection for those on Medicaid, and protections for those with employer-sponsored health insurance. This event is part of a series that organizers are hosting in states across the country.

Among the speakers gathering at the state capitol Wednesday will be Brian Eades, MD, an obstetrics/gynecology specialist from Delta. He graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1989 and has been board certified in obstetrics and gynecology since 1991. After delivering more than 3,000 babies, Dr. Eades continues to enjoy bringing new lives safely into the world.

Other speakers include Katie Lozano, president, Colorado Medical Society; Martha Cox, colon cancer survivor, who spoke about her experiences trying to get health coverage with a pre-existing condition; Christine Fallabel, the director of state government affairs and advocacy in Colorado for the American Diabetes Association who has been living with type 1 diabetes for the past 17 years; Erin Thatcher, working mother of twin micro-preemies, representing the March of Dimes; Trampas Hutches, CEO of Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke and a representative of the Colorado Hospital Association.

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