AMA Freedom Friday Highlights Health Care Bias Against Motorcyclists
April is AMA Go Ride! month, and as part of the month’s activities, the American Motorcyclist Association is shining a spotlight on different issues every week in a promotion called “Freedom Friday“. Starting things off with the April 5 Freedom Friday is the topic of health insurance discrimination against motorcyclists.
“With the current U.S. economic situation, we are hearing of more employers refusing to pay for health care for injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash,” says Danielle Fowles, AMA grassroots coordinator. “Imagine getting seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident and then having your health insurance company refuse to pay the medical bills because you were riding a motorcycle.
“The AMA has been fighting this type of health-insurance discrimination for years and is now on Capitol Hill lobbying to change the law so that this form of discrimination no longer exists,” Fowles adds.
To help fight against this bias, the AMA is holding a photo contest, asking members to send in images of themselves and their motorcycles near a symbol representing the topic of medical insurance, such as hospitals or ambulances. Entries can be submitted to the AMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AMA will select two entries each week, with the winners receiving a gift bag and a $20 gift card to BikeBandit.com. A similar photo contest will begin next Friday on a different topic. At the end of the month, all entries will be eligible for drawings to win additional prizes including a Shoei helmet, a Tour Master Intake jacket and Cortech tank bags courtesy of Helmet House.