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Candace Gibson

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Candace Gibson is a Staff Attorney in National Health Law Program’s Washington, D.C. office, where she focuses on reproductive health issues in Medicaid and in private insurance.
Before joining the National Health Law Program, Candace worked at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and served as its Policy Counsel, managing and implementing its reproductive and sexual health equity policy portfolio and served as its If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow. During her time at NLIRH, she led its advocacy and cross-mobilization efforts on religious refusals and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Before heading to law school, Candace worked at Comunidades Unidas in Utah, collaborating with refugee and immigrant communities on health reform and pursuing policy solutions to eliminate health disparities. She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and a Bachelors of Arts in Government and Spanish from Smith College. Candace is a member of the Utah State Bar and also represented Utah in the 1999 National Spelling Bee. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and enjoys the outdoors.

Navigating an Obstacle Course (blindfolded!): A Closer Look at the Barriers Women of Color Face

August 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Presenters: Candace Gibson, Bethany Van Kampen, Candace Bond-Theriault, Oriaku Njoku

Women of color and LGBTQ people of color face political assaults from federal and state governments to exercise their human rights to health and well-being, sexuality, and bodily autonomy, particularly when obtaining needed abortion care. These attacks are rooted in misogynistic, classist, racist, and homophobic ideas of who is entitled to sexual liberation and pleasure. The right to abortion care is critical to ensuring bodily autonomy and sexual liberation. As we keep fighting these attacks, we need to reflect and…

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The Future of Medicaid & Why It Matters to Women and LGBTQ People of Color

August 17 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenters: Candace Gibson, Nina Esperanza Serrianne, Natasha Chabria, Mariah Alaina Lindsay

Medicaid is the largest source of public health insurance, covering sexual health, reproductive health, and other vital health services for many individuals with low incomes, including a disproportionate share of LGBTQ individuals, women of color, persons with disabilities, and single parents. Yet states have proposed, and the Department of Health and Human Services has approved, demonstration projects that undermine the Medicaid program and punish, stigmatize, and harm individuals enrolled in Medicaid. For example, many of these demonstration projects include "work…

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