National Conference Call for State Health Care Justice Leaders
hosted by the
Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The agenda, notes and links to audio of the call are emailed to the UHCAN listserv.  Sign up HERE.

Health care is just one part of the growing movements for social justice – Poor People’s Campaign kicks off 40 days of protests in state capitals across the country
Rev. Robin Tanner, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, @poorpeoplescampaign

    ‘Poverty is Violence’: First Day of Action of the Poor People’s Campaign (Truthdig Audio Photo Essay, 5/16/18)

Q: Is it time for going on offense or defense? A: Both.

Defense: Title X Gag rule: Mobilizing to push back on latest Trump Administration attack on women’s access to health care
Mara Gandal-Powers, Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center, @nwlc

NPR (5/18/18): White House to ban federal funds for clinics that discuss abortion with patients

• Offense: Launch of Medicare for All Campaign

Single Payer Strategy Conference, June 22-24, Minneapolis

Medicaid – The good and the bad news
• Michigan: More state Medicaid cuts and requiring work for Medicaid coverage
Margie Mitchell, Executive Director, MichUHCAN, @MICHUHCAN

The GOP Is Quietly Crafting Work Requirement Waivers — For White People (Opinion – The Washington Post, 5/16/18)

• Idaho: Red state puts Medicaid expansion on the ballot – Reclaim Idaho
Liz Woodruff, Assistant Director, Idaho Voices for Children, @reclaimID

The Hill: Idaho Medicaid Expansion Ballot Measure Moving Forward

Grassroots campaign takes on high price of insulin
Stephanie Aines, Organizer, Right Care Alliance, @RightCareNow

Right Care Alliance Drug Price Campaign

Doctors in U.S. and Canada launch sweeping pharmaceutical reform proposal (PNHP press release re article published in British Medical Journal, May 17, 2018)

Battles over the rules for health care
Héctor Hernández-Delgado, National Health Law Program, @NHeLP_org

Summary of HHS rule’s changes on Essential Health Benefits

Step Guide to Updating States’ Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plans

Drive to privatize the VA picks up steam
Will Attig, Executive Director, Union Veterans Council, @unionveterans

VA Mission Act ‘Imperils’ the Future of Veterans’ Health Care (AFGE press release, 5/16/18)

War is a health care issue – always was, always will be
Jeff Carter, JD, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility, @PSRnuclear

Nuclear weapons and public health