DAB was proud to join the Lights 4 Rights group to mark the one year anniversary of our 2000-strong Brussels Women's March. The beautiful voices of Indigo Creative asbl led us in song (video on our Friends of Democrats Abroad Facebook page!) and we even able to give voting information to a few new Americans. If you haven't already requested your absentee ballots for 2018, be sure to go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org. See you at our next event, this coming Thursday!
We were very happy to welcome on November 6th Paula Jakub, the CEO of the AFSPA, which administers health insurance as part of the Federal Health Benefits program. Paula is also the Executive Director of the Senior Living Foundation and spoke to us of her learnings from running this non-profit organization that is devoted to helping elderly Foreign Service retirees and survivors. She also answered our questions on Medicare and Medicaid, Essential Health Benefits, long-term health insurance, pre-existing conditions, and the latest on the state of the Affordable Care Act. A special thanks to volunteer Sandra Keegan for having organized the comfortable venue, which helped soften the blow for some of us who realized we might never be able to move back to the US for a simple lack of affordable health care!
To all our members, please take part in the Tiny Action on Health Care - take a selfie in support of Universal Health Care - details on http://www.democratsabroad.org/healthcare_stories.
Join us for a 5pm complementary welcome cocktail and panel discussion on the upcoming US midterm elections and the view from Brussels. Our panelists will be US political scientist, Ian Lesser; Belgian economist, Bruno Wattenbergh; US journalist, Brooks Tigner; and DAB Chair, Pauline Manos. Moderator Gerald Loftus will also channel questions from the audience for what is sure to be an engaging discussion.
There is no cost to attend the event, but we'd like to have you RSVP so that we can gauge the number of attendees. Thanks!
Volunteers will also be on hand to help US citizens request their absentee ballots for the upcoming midterm elections and answer any questions on voting from abroad.
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