Press Release ● Congress
For Immediate Release: 
February 27, 2017
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) annouced today that Miss Ola Ojewumi, a resident of Maryland’s Fifth District, will be his guest at President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress tomorrow evening.

“I am pleased to welcome Miss Ojewumi as my guest for tomorrow evening’s joint address to Congress,” said Whip Hoyer. “Ola, like thousands of Marylanders, has been personally impacted by the Affordable Care Act. As a child, she received a heart and kidney transplant. Years later when she developed cancer, had it not been for the ACA, Ola would have been uninsurable. But thanks to the patient protections of the ACA, Ola was able to stay on her parents’ insurance coverage until the age of 26, at which point she was able to get covered through her employer. Marylanders like Ola are the very reason why I am working to protect the Affordable Care Act and oppose efforts to repeal the law. I hope that Ola’s story and those of other constituents attending the address will remind Republicans of the harmful impact that repeal would have on Americans across the country.”

Ola Ojewumi is a community organizer and women’s health advocate. She has worked to expand access to Medicaid in Maryland, and advocates for people with disabilities. Ola was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland; she currently lives in Beltsville, Maryland.