Agendas for recent national UHCAN calls
UHCAN hosts monthly national conference calls for state and national leaders from organizations working for health care justice. UHCAN invites speakers to make brief presentations and provide links to more information relevant to our work around health care issues and campaigns in the states and nationally. We aim to provide a big picture of what’s happening across the country, including in other social and economic justice movements.
National Call Agendas
Mental health care and police violence; Congress still matters, #TreatNotTrick, Raise Up Washington campaign
Voter protection, #StopTPP, High drug prices, Nurses on strike, Florida – Zika and fight to expand Medicaid, Kentucky HEALTH Plan
Challenges to hospital and insurance company mega-mergers …. Physicians and medical students speak out on racism …. Report on The Peoples Summit .. How nonprofits can be part of GOTV campaigns
What’s health care’s stake in the broad, new coalitions around campaign finance reform? Getter HOTTER: The ongoing fight on big insurance company mergers … What do the attacks on the VA health system mean for health justice?
ColoradoCare update; Challenging the Big Health Insurance Mergers in states; Street Medics prepare for political conventions
Verizon strike, Caring Across Generations, new physicians’ proposal, Texas Planned Parenthood, and more
Reports on Big PhRMA money in politics, health care struggles and progress in Kentucky, Minnesota, New York and Washington
The 2016 elections: How are health justice groups and other justice movements engaging?
Immigrant and Refugee Rights …. Faith Community …. Voting Rights Advocates … Unions
The biggest health justice fights sometime aren’t directly about health care
• Detroit and Flint, Michigan, water crises
• ‘Time to Care New York’ campaign
• Zika virus – Is America ready for the next big epidemic?
What does 2016 look like for the fight for HEALTH EQUITY and RACIAL JUSTICE? – Sinsi Hernandez, Health Equity Project Director, Families USA
What does 2016 look like for WOMEN’S HEALTH and REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS? – Gretchen Borchelt, Acting Director, Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights at National Women’s Law Center . . .
Lots of groups all over the country with assistance from lawyers and key public officials worked together very effectively to win this battle and we deserve to celebrate … What do we do after the celebration?
Up until very recently, there wasn’t much hope that these mergers might be stopped, but that is changing.
When insurers merge, consumers pay more. Premiums go up significantly, the networks are narrowed, and doctors are forced into assembly-line health care. The number of competitors clearly impacts how much consumers pay. Allowing five industry giants to become three, which is what these two sets of mergers will do, will be a horrible recipe for consumers.”
Working people at Verizon are on strike. After months of negotiations with Verizon, they are taking a stand to stop the company from sending jobs overseas and to get Verizon to end its continued intimidation of working people at Verizon who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.
There are two big reasons why UHCAN urges every part of the Health Care Justice movement to support the Verizon strikers
Every part of our health care justice movement as well as other justice movements, too, have stories about how Quentin Young impacted our lives and our work. Here are just a few of them …
Drug companies are boosting prices so fast in the past few weeks that everybody is noticing it even the mainstream media. At the same time the pharmaceutical companies and the insurance companies have more quietly been engaged in merger mania consolidating power and...
Thousands of health care activists rallied across the country last week highlighting the enormous achievements of 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid. Now that the Supreme Court decision in King v Burwell is well behind us, attention is turning to the many other health...
UHCAN’s call Tuesday, Jan. 20th, will feature an extended discussion on the recent developments in the long struggle to get a universal single payer state system in Vermont. The activists there haven’t finished working through things and deciding what to do next, but...