A Treasure Coast woman who says she owes her life to the Affordable Care Act will accompany U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, to today’s Joint Session of Congress speech by President Trump.
Sherry Riggs, 55, a Fort Pierce mother of three who suffers from a life-threatening heart condition, hopes to meet with members of Congress and let them know what the ACA has meant to her and her family, Frankel said.
Trump and congressional Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace the law.
Riggs a barber, moved from Michigan to South Florida. Following her divorce two years ago, Riggs found her health deteriorating and no longer had health insurance. “Her attempts to get coverage that she could afford through the private market were unsuccessful until she discovered the Affordable Care Act Marketplace,” according to a release from Frankel’s office.
“Despite her serious pre-existing condition she was able to sign up for insurance for a small monthly payment,” the release said. “Five months after enrollment she suffered major heart attacks and underwent two surgeries, including an open-heart bypass. She is still recovering and unable to work full time. For affordable medication and continued care of her ongoing heart conditions, Riggs’s life depends on the ACA.”