Selected Highlights
UHCAN’s 2016 National Conference Calls for
STATE HEALTH CARE JUSTICE LEADERS

JANUARY
What does 2016 look like for the fight for health equity and racial justice? – Sinsi Hernandez, Families USA Health Equity Project

TPP – Health care in trade deals – Adam Weissman, TradeJustice

CA: Taking stock of last year’s successes/looking forward to 2016 – Anthony Wright, Health Access

FEBRUARY
AL: Sec. 1115 waiver helping state move toward Medicaid expansion – Jim Carnes, Alabama ARISE

CT: Connecticut advocates fight back against hospital merger mania – John Canham-Clyne, UNITE-HERE

IL: Taking on the U of Chicago Hospital system to get trauma center on South Side – Veronica Morris-Moore, Fearless Leading by the Youth/ Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

MI: Detroit and Flint water crises – Sister Maryellen Howard, Detroit People’s Water Board; Ryan Sullivan, Michigan League for Public Policy

NY: ‘Time to Care New York’ campaign  – Eric Williams, New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign

MARCH
How are health justice groups and other justice movements engaging in the 2016 election?
• Immigrant and Refugee Rights – Cathi Tactaquin, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
• Faith Community – Cynthia Abrams, United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
• Voting Rights – Brian Johns, Virginia Organizing
• Single Payer/Medicare for All – Donna Smith, HealthCare Now!
• Getting Money Out of Politics – Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Public Citizen

APRIL
Big PhRMA money in politics –  Wendell Potter, former Cigna Exec turned whistleblower, journalist & author

REVIVAL: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values 15-state tour – Roz Pelles, Repairers of the Breach

KY: Tens of thousands losing coverage due to Governor’s actions – Emily Beauregard, Kentucky Voices for Health

MN: Governor calls for study of single payer – Sarah Greenfield, TakeAction Minnesota

MAY
Health care justice advocates’ stake in the Verizon strike – Louise Novotny, Communication Workers of America

Rethinking consumerism in health care – Lynn Quincy, Consumers Union’s Health Care Value Hub

Building alliances between patients, home care & nursing home workers  – Josephine Kalipeni, Caring Across Generations

TX: Texas women face health care disaster and they’re fighting back! – Yvonne Gutierrez, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

JUNE
What’s wrong with the 21st Century Cures bill? – Reshma Ramachandran, National Physicians Alliance

Challenging the Big Health Insurance mergers – David Balto, Coalition to Protect Patient Choice

MO: Missouri throws first big wrench into Aetna-Humana deal – Sarah Gentry, Missouri Health Care for All

CO: Insurance industry funds opposition to universal health care initiative – Ivan Miller, ColoradoCareYes campaign

LA: Louisiana Medicaid is expanding starting July 1! – Susan Todd, 504 HealthNet

JULY
What’s health care’s stake in the broad, new coalitions around campaign finance reform?  – Dan Kramer, Represent.Us; Kathy Sakahara, Washington League of Women Voters

What do the attacks on the VA health system mean for health justice?  – Will Fischer, Union Veterans Council; Mike Rosenblatt, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Where’s the fight on women’s health care now? – Kierra Johnson, Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE)

AUGUST
Hospital mega-mergers and restructuring – Christine Khaikin, Merger Watch Project

Physicians speak out on impact of racism on their patients – Rachael Bedard, MD, co-author, “A Letter to Our Patients on Racism”

OH: Ramping up to expand access to dental care – David Maywhoor, UHCAN Ohio

PA: First ever public hearings on health insurance rates – Carla Christopher-Waid, Put People First! Pennsylvania

How can nonprofits be part of Get-Out-The-Vote campaigns? – Sara Matlin, Alliance for Justice

“The People’s Summit” – Mark Dudzic, Labor Campaign for Single Payer

SEPTEMBER
Fighting for voter rights – Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Election Protection Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

High drug prices: “Some people rob you with a 6-gun … and some with an EpiPen” – Caitlin Morris, High Drug Price Work Group of Families USA

FL: Zika and the fight to expand Medicaid – Scott Darius, Florida CHAIN

MN: Nurses on strike – #nursesneedcare2 – Rose Roach, Minnesota Nurses Association

OCTOBER
Mental health care and police violence – John Snook, Treatment Advocacy Center

#TreatNotTrick and PNHP annual meeting – Janine Petito, Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP)

MD: Advocacy groups take on high drug prices – Vinny DeMarco, Maryland Citizens Health Initiative

WA: Raise Up Washington initiative unites fights to raise minimum wage, earned paid sick & safe leave – Carlo Caldirola-Davis, Raise Up Washington campaign

NOVEMBER
What happens now in the fight for health care justice? – Speakers from diverse constituencies and groups