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

May 19, 2020

UHCAN 2020 Coronavirus Update:
New struggles, new attacks, new visions

Call facilitator: Rachel DeGolia, Executive Director, UHCAN

Biggest health crisis in a century sparks new burst of organizing … in other movements

  • “Right to housing” enters national conversation – Tara Raghuveer, Director, Kansas City Tenants, and Housing Campaign Director, People’s Action
  • Workers fighting back on the job – John Ocampo, Field Organizer, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America

Pandemic exposes, and sharpens, problems in every part of American health care at the same time

Overview  – Larry Levitt, Executive Vice-President for Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

Comments from the field:

  • Employment-based health care – Jim McGee, Executive Director, Transit Employees’ Health and Welfare Fund
  • COVID-19 job losses could drive down employer plan enrollment by as much as 35M, report shows (FierceHealthcare, 4/3/20)
  • Medicaid – Edwin Park, Research Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Primary care – Rebecca Etz, PhD, Co-Director, The Larry A Green Center, @GreenCenterOrg

There is no back to normal

  • State budgets face HUGE cuts from ‘emergency’ budgets this year and huge problems next year –
  • Wesley Tharpe, Deputy Director of State Fiscal Research, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Calling out the pandemic profiteering – Wendell Potter, President, Business for Medicare for All
    We have to talk about how to talk about “reopening” – Rachel DeGolia, Executive Director, UHCAN

The next big battle for the health care justice movement

#SaveThePostOffice – Steve DeMatteo, Executive Assistant to the President, American Postal Workers Union