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Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN)
1992 – 2021

 

Balancing the scales of health care justice

(Jon Jonik)

UHCAN has closed …

(2/28/21) The Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN) started in late 1992, as part of the burst of activist energy for universal health care with the election of Bill Clinton. We ended in February 2021, with the election of Joe Biden, looking forward to new activist energy for universal health care and health care justice.

But the work continues.

Our decision to close was bittersweet, but all organizations have a lifecycle. We are heartened that, while UHCAN has closed, the struggle has new energy. Many new groups, as well as veteran organizations and activists, are continuing the fight for health care justice and health care for all. The future of our movement looks bright.

Our colleagues at Partners In Health will launch monthly conference calls/online meetings for health justice organizations working at the state and federal level in April 2021. Sign up here for more information.

How to find out more about UHCAN:

Much material from the uhcan.org website since 1998 can be viewed here:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/www.uhcan.org

The Library of Congress web archive also scanned our site, on different dates, 2002 – 2012:
https://webarchive.loc.gov/all/*/http://www.uhcan.org/

UHCAN records are in the archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio.

UHCAN’s History and Legacy

Some former board members, staff, colleagues, and supporters are taking this time to think back about UHCAN’s almost three decades of activism and are starting to collect stories, remembrances, and even criticisms of UHCAN’s work. The group invites others who have been part of UHCAN’s network in any way to contribute to this UHCAN Legacy Project. Email for more information and to participate: uhcanlegacy@gmail.com.

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These are some of the national organizations that work with local and state groups working for health care justice (links are current as of 3/8/21):
These are just some of the many local and state groups working for health care justice in states around the country:

ALABAMA
• Alabama Arise

ARIZONA
• Arizona Coalition for a State and National Health Plan

CALIFORNIA
• California OneCare
• Health Access California
• HEAL California
• Health Care for All California
• The Women’s Economic Agenda Project

COLORADO
• Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
• Health Care For All Colorado
• Center for Health Progress
• Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care

CONNECTICUT
• Connecticut Citizen Action Group
• Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

FLORIDA
• Florida Voices for Health

GEORGIA
• Georgians for a Healthy Future

HAWAII
• Healthcare for All Hawaii

ILLINOIS
• Champaign County Health Care Consumers
• Illinois Single Payer Coalition
• Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

INDIANA
• Better Healthcare for Indiana
• Covering Kids and Families of Indiana
• Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan

IOWA
• Iowa Citizen Action Network

KANSAS
• Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

KENTUCKY
• Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care
• Kentucky Voices for Health

LOUISIANA
• Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition

MAINE
• Consumers for Affordable Health Care
• Maine AllCare
• Maine Peoples Alliance
• Southern Maine Workers Center

MARYLAND
• Health Care for All
• Health Care Now! Maryland
• Progressive Maryland

MASSACHUSETTS
• Health Care for All
• Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care

MICHIGAN
• Michigan Citizen Action
• Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network

MINNESOTA
• Health Access Minnesota
• Health Care for All-Minnesota
• TakeAction Minnesota

MISSISSIPPI
• Mississippi Health Advocacy Program

MISSOURI
• Missouri Health Care for All
• Missourians for Single Payer

NEBRASKA
• Nebraska Appleseed

NEVADA
• Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

NEW MEXICO
• Health Action New Mexico
• Health Security for New Mexicans

NEW JERSEY
• New Jersey Citizen Action
• New Jersey Universal Health Care Coalition

NEW YORK
• Campaign for New York Health
• Health Care for All New York
• Medicaid Matters New York
• Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign
• Physicians for a National Health Program, New York Metro

NORTH CAROLINA
• ActionNC
• Health Care for All North Carolina
• North Carolina Health Access Coalition
• North Carolina NAACP

OHIO
• Single Payer Action Network of Ohio
• Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio

OKLAHOMA
• Oklahoma Policy Institute

OREGON
• Health Care for All-Oregon
• Oregon State Public Interest Research Group

PENNSYLVANIA
• Consumer Health Coalition
• Health Care for All Pennsylvania
• Health Care for All Philadelphia
• Pennsylvania Health Access Network
• Put People First Pennsylvania
• Western PA Coalition for Single Payer

SOUTH CAROLINA
• South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

TENNESSEE
• Tennessee Health Care Campaign
• Tennessee Justice Center

TEXAS
• Cover Texas Now
• Healthcare For All Texas

UTAH
• Utah Health Policy Project

VERMONT
• Vermont Health Care for All
• Vermont Workers Center

VIRGINIA
• Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
• Virginia Organizing

WASHINGTON
• Health Care for All Washington
• Healthy Washington Coalition
• Northwest Health Law Advocates
• Washington Community Action Network

WEST VIRGINIA
• West Virginia Citizen Action Group
• West Virginians for Affordable Health Care

WISCONSIN
• Citizen Action of Wisconsin

WYOMING
• Equality State Policy Center