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

UHCAN’s November National Call

Impact of the elections … Women’s health care in the bull’s eye … Can high drug costs be reined in? … Voting rights – What’s it have to do with health care? … The Political Determinants of Health

UHCAN’s October National Call

Kavanaugh hearings – What is the path from outrage to action? … Public Charge Rule would redefine social safety net … Fighting for Health Care for All – Updates from the frontlines … High drug price issue is HOT, but also a stake in the “new NAFTA”

May National UHCAN Call

Poor People’s Campaign, Defending against proposed Title X gag rule; Medicaid – The good and the bad news, Drive to privatize the VA, War as a health care issue …

April National UHCAN Call

Fighting for health equity …. White coats in the Poor Peoples’ Campaign … Challenging Pharma’s influence … State battles – California, Florida, Tennessee

March National UHCAN Call

Health care is part of every battle … gun violence … West Virginia teachers’ strike .. the double-edged politics of 2018 in the primaries and general election … Medicare for All


Dates coming up & more

May 14, Poor People’s Campaign launch … June 22-24, Single Payer Strategy Conference … June 27-29, Affordable Medicines Now Conference … Racial Justice Report Card for medical schools published by WC4BL

What’s Behind the Curtain?

… in this alert, we commend a few articles to you that describe some of what’s going on underneath the headlines, “behind the curtain,” that can help us get a more complete picture of what’s driving the attacks on so many programs and human rights.

Get involved and jump in!

Health care justice forces across the spectrum are organizing multiple initiatives and building broader coalitions to fight back against these attacks, join forces with other justice struggles, and try to push forward an affirmative agenda.

Challenging Big Health Insurance Mergers: How-tos & resources

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.”

Health Care Justice activists should support Verizon strikers

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

Quentin Young, MD, 1923 – 2016

Quentin Young, MD, 1923 – 2016

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 …