395 Organizations and Individuals Sign On to Letter Asking for Federal Relief

September 22, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator McConnell,

Kentuckians and people who are struggling all across the country are counting on you for leadership. In the face of a global health crisis that has infected nearly 55,000 Kentuckians – and killed more than 1,000 of our friends, family members, and neighbors – your constituents need real relief. This pandemic is nowhere near over and the last round of federal relief passed in May isn’t enough to keep Kentuckians healthy, housed, and fed right now, let alone as the year progresses.

The latest “skinny” bill that failed to pass the Senate earlier this month is woefully inadequate. It provides no funding for Medicaid, no funding for state and local aid, and cuts unemployment support for struggling families during an increasingly deadly public health crisis and the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression.

We need you to push for Medicaid and public health funding, and for targeted aid to communities of color that have been hit hardest by both the public health and economic crises we are facing. Without a comprehensive and bipartisan relief package, millions of people will continue to battle rising COVID-19 infection rates and Black and brown people will continue dying at higher rates than their white neighbors. Without action, Kentuckians will continue struggling with unemployment, housing instability, food insecurity, mental health and addiction crises, and unsafe schools, making the road to recovery harder and longer.

There is a path forward: Congress should invest in Medicaid to help cover newly uninsured people and protect those already enrolled as state budgets tighten. At the same time, Congress must provide robust funding for state and local aid, increase food assistance through SNAP, match the unemployment subsidy rate provided in the CARES Act, and extend the eviction moratorium to bolster state and family economic security until the pandemic and recession are over.

Big problems call for big solutions. The Senate Republican “skinny” package doesn’t come close to what Kentuckians need to get through this crisis healthy and whole.

On behalf of healthcare advocates and consumers across our commonwealth, we urge you to listen to the voices of Kentuckians who have been affected by this pandemic and act swiftly to negotiate a bipartisan agreement that will provide substantial aid to state and local governments and strengthen vital safety-net programs to see our commonwealth through this disaster and help us thrive on the other side.


874K Disability Coalition

ACLU of Kentucky

Alliance for Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health of Kentucky

Bridgehaven Mental Health Services

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro

Catholic Charities Owensboro

Central Kentucky Council for Peace & Justice

Coalition for the Homeless


Community Farm Alliance

Fairview Community Health Center

Forward Kentucky

Freestore Foodbank

Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky

Jefferson County Teachers Association

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS)

Kentucky Association of Regional Programs

Kentucky Association for School Social Work

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

Kentucky Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities

Kentucky Council of Churches

Kentucky Education Association

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

Kentucky Mental Health Coalition

Kentucky Nonprofit Network

Kentucky Psychological Association

Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work

Kentucky State AFL-CIO

Kentucky Voices for Health

Louisville Center for Eating Disorders

Matthew 25 AIDS Services, Inc.

Mental Health America of Kentucky

Metro United Way

Mission Behind Bars and Beyond (MB3)

NAMI Kentucky

NAMI Lexington

National Association of Social Workers – Kentucky Chapter

NKY Justice and Peace

Owensboro NAACP Branch 3107

Participation Station

People Advocating Recovery

RiverValley Behavioral Health

Seven Counties Services

The Women’s Network

Together Frankfort

Unemployed Action

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227

Wellspring, Inc.

John W. Heltzel, Anderson County

Fran Hoffman, Boone County

Janet Sogar, Boone County

Kimberlee L. Egan, Boone County

Patrick Egan, Boone County

Rosamond Finley, Boone County

Margaret Wilmhoff, Boone County

David H. Snell, Bourbon County

Philip Bloomer, Boyd County

Charlotta Bright Norby, Boyle County

Christine Wolf Harper, Boyle County

Daniel Forrest Steinhauer, Boyle County

David Underwood-Sweet, Boyle County

Patrick Kennedy, Boyle County

Chet Sygiel, Breathitt County

Virginia Meagher, Breathitt County

Chris Barr, Breckinridge County

Eddy Kannapel, Breckinridge County

Thomas M. Yerkey M.A. LPA, Breckinridge County

Stephanie Barr, Breckinridge County

Sarah Burress, Bullitt County

Alan Batteiger, Calloway County

James M. Benson, Calloway County

Janice M. Morgan, Calloway County

Joseph Marshall Ward, Calloway County

Kala Chakradhar, Calloway County

Ken Wolf, Calloway County

Martha C. Cook, Calloway County

Nora Ramsey, Calloway County

Randy Patterson, Calloway County

Sarah P. Kerrick, Calloway County

Debbie Batteiger, Calloway County

Caroline Brooke Christian, Campbell County

Emily Charlene McGrath, Campbell County

Frederick Warren, Campbell County

James Barton Harris, Campbell County

Judy Komorowski, Campbell County

Mary Joyce Moeller, Campbell County

Rachel Roberts, Campbell County

Robin Gee, Campbell County

Emily Daines, Campbell County

Siena Wahl Kennedy, Campbell County

Michael Bordieri, Christian County

Charles Witt, Clark County

Margaret Moody, Clark County

Robyn Henrich, Clark County

Gayle DiCesare, Daviess County

Jacob Kiper, Daviess County

Jiten Shah, Daviess County

Magan A. Lott, Daviess County

Mary Danhauer, Daviess County

Sara Harley, Daviess County

Anne Kenan, Fayette County

Arneda Carmickle, Fayette County

Barbara F. Christensen, Fayette County

Caitlin Allen, Fayette County

Cherlynn Stevenson, Fayette County

Cristin Lesher, Fayette County

Deb Singleton, Fayette County

Donna Holton, Fayette County

Edward R Amend, Fayette County

Elizabeth Wakefield, Fayette County

Emily DeWitt, Fayette County

Erin Sandy Downs, Fayette County

Jennifer Murphy, Fayette County

Judith Gay Myers, Fayette County

Keith D. Elston, Fayette County

Kelley Lynne Patierno, Fayette County

Kelly Asher, Fayette County

Kelly Feibes, Fayette County

Kelsey Giurgevich, Fayette County

Kim Davis, Fayette County

Kimberly Hollingsworth, Fayette County

Laureen Vassil, Fayette County

  1. Raynor Mullins DMD MPH, Fayette County

Mary Jan T. Johnson, Fayette County

Sarah Bowker, Fayette County

Steven Frederick Stone, Fayette County

Suzannah Williams, Fayette County

Whitney Reynolds, Fayette County

Diane Cahill, Fayette County

Rebecca Asher, Fayette County

Sampurna Srinivasan, Ph.D., Fayette County

Rebecca Whaley, Fleming County

Cara Stewart, Floyd County

Jean Rosenberg, Floyd County

Kim Bellamy, Floyd County

Susan Halbert Stewart, Floyd County

William Brandon Halcolm, Floyd County

Donna Aros, Franklin County

Jane F. Brake, Ph.D., Franklin County

  1. Taulbee, Franklin County

Kathy Murphy, Franklin County

Larry P. Totten, Franklin County

Nate Orshan, Franklin County

Rebekah Berry, Franklin County

Steven Anthony Forbes, Sr., Franklin County

Tracy Pulley, Fulton County

Bonita L. Lykins, Graves County

Gregg Knight, Graves County

Judith Tuggle, Graves County

Cheryl Pennington, Greenup County

Sarah Henry, Hamilton County

A.J. Steele, Hardin County

Chastity Jacobs, Hardin County

Diane Large, Hardin County

Rollin Rhodes, Hardin County

Linda Tomlin, Harrison County

Bonnie and Sam Avery, Hart County

Herb Pritchett, Henderson County

Clark Rechtin, Henry County

Aaron Levinsky, Jefferson County

Abigail Sell, Jefferson County

Adria Johnson, Jefferson County

Aesha Uqdah, Jefferson County

Allison Keenan, Jefferson County

Amanda Mitchell, Jefferson County

Andrew Eskind, Jefferson County

Angela Cooper, Jefferson County

Angela Gott, Jefferson County

Ani Keshishian, Jefferson County

Anne Holland Tracy, Jefferson County

Anne Marie Grisanti, Jefferson County

Carol Hillard, Jefferson County

Carol M. Held, Ph.D., Jefferson County

Celine Mutuyemariya, Jefferson County

Charles Brestel, Jefferson County

Dallas Hurley, Jefferson County

Dante Murry, Jefferson County

David Dunn, Jefferson County

Douglas Jones, Jefferson County

Dr. Tammy Hatfield, Jefferson County

Elizabeth Frey, Jefferson County

Emily Beauregard, Jefferson County

Emily Ruth Cash , Jefferson County

Emma Johnson, Jefferson County

Eric Russ, Jefferson County

Eric Smith, Jefferson County

Garrett Adams, MD, Jefferson County

Gerald T. Chambers, Jefferson County

Gina Majestro, Jefferson County

Harriette M. Seiler, Jefferson County

Helene Finke, Jefferson County

Holly Gustafson, Jefferson County

  1. Matthew Gilbert, PsyD, Jefferson County

Jackson Cooper, Jefferson County

Jayne D. Miller, Jefferson County

Jean Christensen, Jefferson County

Jo McKim, Jefferson County

Joan Prentice, Jefferson County

Joanne Graf, Jefferson County

Joni Jenkins, Jefferson County

Judith Lyons, Jefferson County

Karen P. Black, DNP, APRN, Jefferson County

Kathleen Blaisdell Curry, Jefferson County

Kelsey Voit, Jefferson County

Kevin Senn, Jefferson County

Lane B. Adams, Jefferson County

Lanie Hopping, Jefferson County

Larry Hovekamp, Jefferson County

Latrice Hayes, Jefferson County

Luis E. Sandoval, Jefferson County

  1. Eli Pendleton, MD, Jefferson County

Mac Brown, Jefferson County

Mary Teresa Terlau, Jefferson County

Michael J. Read, Jefferson County

Muriel Handmaker, Jefferson County

Nancy Billington, Jefferson County

Patricia G. McGinty, Ph.D., Jefferson County

Patricia Terrell, Jefferson County

Penny Youngman, Jefferson County

Rev. Anita Roper, Jefferson County

Richard Lewine, Jefferson County

Robert Baker, Jefferson County

Rowena Aquino, Jefferson County

Sandra Otte, Jefferson County

Sheila A. Schuster, Ph.D., Jefferson County

Simon Robson, Jefferson County

Sonjequita Johnson, Jefferson County

Steve Helm, Jefferson County

Stewart Dean, Jefferson County

Stuart Billington, Jefferson County

Susan B. Stokes, Jefferson County

Susan M. Bentley, MD, Jefferson County

Suzanne Meeks, Jefferson County

Terrilyn Fleming, Jefferson County

Theresa Seitz, Jefferson County

Wade E. McCallum, Jefferson County

Benjamin William Birkby, Jefferson County

Bev Beckman, Jefferson County

Brenda Owens, Jefferson County

Carrie Christensen, Jefferson County

Cheri Levinson, Jefferson County

  1. David Swim, Jefferson County

George B. Haarman, Jefferson County

Hardman Ann, Jefferson County

Jessica Rodenbaugh, Jefferson County

Joan Buchar, Jefferson County

Judith Axelrod, MD, Jefferson County

Judith DeMarco, Jefferson County

Judith Steilberg, Jefferson County

Judy Elaine Taylor, Jefferson County

Julia Lane Mitchell, MD, Jefferson County

Lindsay James, Jefferson County

Paula Schenk, Jefferson County

Rev. Mary Virginia Burks, Jefferson County

Stephanie Lee Hickey, Jefferson County

Susann Denise Thomas, Jefferson County

Warren E. VanHoose, Jefferson County

William Averitt Summay, Jefferson County

Ivonne Rovira, Jefferson County

Rhonda J. Roos, Jefferson County

Rachel Smith, Jessamine County

Betina Tacket, Johnson County

Alden Jones, Kenton County

Brenda Kelley, Kenton County

Christina Conover, Kenton County

Col Owens, Kenton County

David Allen Roode, Kenton County

Judy Thompson, Kenton County

Kaitlin Haggard, Kenton County

Michelle Johnson, Kenton County

Phyllis Browning Reed, Kenton County

Rene Thompson, Kenton County

Rod Huber, Kenton County

Ruth Bamberger, Kenton County

Sr. Cathy Bauer, OSB, Kenton County

Stan W. Heck, Kenton County

Susan Vogt, Kenton County

Tom Navin, Kenton County

Bonnie Hunt, Kenton County

Harold Watley, Knott County

Shirley Watley, Knott County

Charles Baker, Laurel County

Shawn Cowden, Laurel County

Cynthia L. Hanson, Laurel County

Sandra Gill, Laurel County

Joy Frye, Lee County

Beverly Breeze, Lewis County

Elizabeth Carter, Lincoln County

Esther Bailey, Lincoln County

Mary Margaret McNemar, Lincoln County

Amanda Wyrick, Madison County

Deana Caldwell, Psy.S., Madison County

Melissa Lane, Madison County

Mercedes Helton, Madison County

Nancy Crewe, Madison County

Rev. Kent H. Gilbert, Madison County

Tanya Stewart, Madison County

Carol Goodin, Marshall County

Robin R. Osborne, Mason County

Thomas P. Vetter, Mason County

Bonnie Marie Koblitz, McCracken County

Carrie Singler, McCracken County

David Polk, McCracken County

Jenna Gruzella, McCracken County

Sandra Cargill, McCracken County

Carolyn Kay Conover, Mercer County

Teresa Bell, Mercer County

Rebecca Ann Vance, Metcalfe County

Amber Adams, Montgomery County

Brenda Benson, Murray County

Erica Mitchell, Nelson County

Kelly Holcomb, Nelson County

Katherine Hughes, Ohio County

Anne Howard, Oldham County

Brenda Huntsman, Oldham County

Diane Zero, Oldham County

Gabby Davis, Oldham County

Octa W. Kellond, Oldham County

Vicki B. Watts, Oldham County

Mary Conway, Oldham County

Sarah Tanselle, Oldham County

Lauren Keith, Owen County

Barbara Calhoun, Perry County

Diedra Hayden, Pike County

Trivina Blackburn, Pike County

Willis J. Keenan, Pike County

Rebecca Keene, Pike County

Nona Camuel, Rowan County

Rebecca Davison, Rowan County

Alisha Bolin, Russell County

Andrea Halbert, Scott County

Brian Wilkerson , Scott County

Christina Libby, Scott County

Jennifer L. Giles, Scott County

Jonel D. Priddy, Scott County

Brenda Arellano, Shelby County

Diane Banic, PhD, Shelby County

Gregory Allen Sparks, Shelby County

Sylvia S. Coffey, Shelby County

Margaret Holt Chapman, Union County

Dr. Charles Webb, Warren County

Jamie Loveland, Warren County

Lisa Cummings, Warren County

Lucy Juett, Warren County

Pamela Napier, Warren County

Patricia Guthrie, Warren County

Sally Kuhlenschmidt, Warren County

Susan Eagle, Warren County

Teresa Ward, Warren County

Dorell Sayre, Washington County

Susan Starling, Wayne County

Carol Ball, Whitley County

Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley, Whitley County

Norb Ryan, Woodford County

Ashley Homrich

Barbara Woeste, O.S.B.

Betty Anderson

Candy J. Holliday

Carolyne Sue Bonds

Cheryl Daniels

Christina Bacon

Dana Feldpausch

Dorothy Schuette

Faith L. Kemper

Fran White

Gene Holthouser

Holly Brown

Jacki Masar

Jerry Buford Nail

John David Miller

Jon Urey

Kimberly Poole

Kristina Edington

Larry Lewis

Larry Peariso

Lisa Michele Bridges

Marc Steven Rosen

Michele Johnston

Patricia J. Kannapel

Phyllis Gabbard

Richard Steele

Rita Geoppinger

Rollin H. Tarter

Ryan R. Riddle

Sheila Penney

Sister Janet Bucher CDP

Stanley Nassano

Susan Bornstein, MD, MPH

D. Garrison

Tammy Nofsinger

Nancy Goldstone Singer

Brenda Hare McGown