Clin­ton makes stop in Haver­ford to­day

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rick Kauff­man rkauff­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Kauf­fee_DT on Twit­ter

HAVER­FORD >> A lo­cal woman fea­tured in an ad cam­paign for Hillary Clin­ton will be fea­tured in the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee’s first visit to Delaware County this elec­tion sea­son to­day.

At 11:30 a.m., Clin­ton will speak at the Haver­ford Com­mu­nity Recre­ation and En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter. Joined by daugh­ter Chelsea Clin­ton and ac­tress El­iz­a­beth Banks, a Penn alumna, the women will fo­cus on Clin­ton’s agenda to sup­port chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

High­light­ing dur­ing the speech will be the story of Amanda Strine, a Me­dia res­i­dent whose daugh­ter, Kayla, 14, re­ceived cru­cial health care cover­age through the Chil­dren’s Health In­surance Pro­gram, or CHIP. Re­cently, tele­vi­sion and ra­dio cam­paigns have high­lighted the story of the Strine fam­ily.

“It was amaz­ing and such life saver for us to have CHIP. It was in­stru­men­tal to get my daugh­ter the care and medicine she needed,” Strine said. “I just feel over­whelm­ingly grate­ful that she (Clin­ton) is such an ad­vo­cate for chil­dren and chil­dren’s health for decades now. We’re ben­e­fit­ing from CHIP. It’s re­ally im­por­tant to be a part of this.”

At the age of 9, Kayle was dou­ble di­ag­nosed with Pos­tural or­tho­static tachy­car­dia syn­drome (POTS) and Eh­lers-Dan­los syn­drome (EDS). Strine said POTS af­fects her daugh­ter in way that when she stands up, the blood that drops to her lower ex­trem­i­ties has dif­fi­culty pump­ing back up­ward, caus­ing dizzi­ness, nau­sea and other is­sues. Eh­lers-Dan­los syn­drome is con­nected tis­sue dis­or­der that af­fects di­ges­tion, heart rate and blood pres­sure.

Strine said that just one of the pills her daugh­ter takes costs $2,000 a month, but un­der the CHIP pro­gram she and her hus­band pay just $6 a month for the pre­scrip­tion.

“When we signed up for the Af­ford­able Care Act, it au­to­mat­i­cally booted our kids into ap­ply­ing for CHIP,” Strine said. “We re­al­ized how in­ex­pen­sive it was, and that all our chil­dren were able to get very low co­pays.”

The Clin­ton cam­paign put out a re­quest to fam­i­lies who have ben­e­fited for the CHIP pro­gram to be fea­tured in an ad cam­paign pro­mot­ing it. Strine said she sub­mit­ted her story and soon there­after the Clin­ton cam­paign reached out and re­quested to come to her house, in­ter­view the fam­ily and doc­u­ment their daily rou­tine.

“She was bed-bound, had dif­fi­culty get­ting out of bed, she lost a ton of weight, it made her weaker,” Strine said. “But now she’s able to go to school full time, par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter school and live a pretty nor­mal teenage life.”

The new ra­dio cam­paign can be lis­tened on­line here: https://sound­­ton-976818877/amanda-hillaryclin­ton/s-Xn­l7P.

And the tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tise­ment can be seen here at­tio.

A Google search for “Kayla Strine Hillary Clin­ton” will ad­di­tion­ally pro­duce re­sults.

To­day, vis­i­tors hop­ing for a chance to hear Clin­ton and com­pany speak should ar­rive early, as park­ing will be ex­tremely lim­ited. Ac­cord­ing to the Hillary Clin­ton website, the sub­mis­sions for ad­mis­sion to the event has al­ready reached ca­pac­ity.

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