Rite Aid wants to help children get medical care

At a time when the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn a landmark judgment that upholds a pregnant woman’s right to an abortion, pressure is mounting on Republican lawmakers to back child care programs for the parents.

If the Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision, abortion laws will be left exclusively to the states, potentially triggering an immediate abortion ban.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) spoke harshly against her political opponents last week.

The ongoing debate has sparked strong reactions on social media.

Separately, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has also rallied support for children to have access to medical care on Mother’s Day on May 8.

Clinton tweeted, “To celebrate mothers, we need to make sure mothers and their children have health care.”

“To celebrate mothers, we must ensure that no mother has to watch her children grow up in poverty in the wealthiest country in the world,” Clinton added in a Twitter thread.

Last month, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) tweeted that a “corrupt political system” was failing to give the middle class what it needed for child care.

“That’s what a corrupt political system is. Question after question – from minimum wage to health care to climate and childcare – the working class wants something, nothing happens. But when billionaires and companies want something? Done. Unacceptable,” Sanders wrote.

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Rite Aid plan for children at risk

Rite Aid pharmacy chain (GDR) – Get the Rite Aid Corporation report will provide $3 million to 34 children’s hospitals through its “Connecting Communities” program to expand access to health care for children in low-income and at-risk communities.

The first tranche of funding will go to different hospitals and their community programs in 15 states, including New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California, the company said.

Medical activities focusing on “food insecurity, food distribution and nutrition education” will be a top priority for the distribution chain.

“The expansion of equitable care does not start in the emergency room. It starts in our neighborhoods,” Rite Aid Healthy Futures Executive Director Matt DeCamara said in a press release.

“While the needs are great, so are the opportunities for progress. Children’s hospitals already play a vital role in providing lifesaving medical care, and many of these institutions have developed impactful programs to serve children, families and communities in ways that go beyond traditional medical care. By working together, we can ensure everyone has what they need to live longer, healthier lives,” DeCamara added.

Rite Aid’s efforts will support hospitals that are part of the children’s charity Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The non-profit organization helps 10 million children suffering from diseases like diabetes and cancer across the country.

“Children’s hospitals are on the front lines when it comes to protecting the health of our future generations – but they are not alone,” said Teri Nestel, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, in a statement.

“With the help of generous donors like Rite Aid Healthy Futures, our member hospitals are able to further explore their communities. We are already seeing how Connecting Communities can serve as a new and innovative way to improve children’s health, inside and outside hospital walls,” added Nestel.