More than 50 Oklahoma musicians release song to raise awareness of Affordable Care Act

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On June 4 in Tulsa and June 5 in Oklahoma City, the Red Dirt Rangers are hosting a release party for a single and music video produced by more than fifty Oklahoma musicians. The new song, “Stand (Let Your Voices Be Heard)”, aims to raise awareness of Oklahoma’s dire health statistics, opportunities to gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and the need for Oklahoma to accept federal funds to extend coverage further. The event will also raise money for the Red Dirt Relief Fund, which provides assistance for Oklahoma musicians facing a medical emergency without health insurance.

Because of Oklahoma’s decision not to extend health coverage to low-income Oklahomans, some 140,000 adults have been denied access to affordable health care. The few options available to the uninsured are vulnerable to state funding cuts, and the safety net designed to help them is shrinking.

The Tulsa event will be at 7pm, Wednesday, June 4 at the Woody Guthrie Center. The Oklahoma City events will be at 5:30pm, Thursday, June 5 at the Hart Building. The events are free and open to the public. Donations and all proceeds from sales of the song will go to the Red Dirt Relief Fund.


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in January 2014. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern. A Kansas City native, Carly graduated from the University of Tulsa in December 2013 with a BA in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification Program, the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking program, and The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa. She previously served as board president for United Campus Ministry at the University of Tulsa. At OK Policy, Carly supervises policy staff and conducts research focusing on health care and the safety net.

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