How COVID Can Cure Our Sick Health Care System

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Please join us for a conversation with:

★ U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal ★
★ Colin Goldfinch, Senior Health Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray ★
★ State Senator Joe Nguyen ★

We will hear from each of them and together they will also discuss the dual health care and economic crisis and the way forward for the US and Washington state.

  • What has COVID-19 revealed about what’s wrong with our health care system?
  • How can we use this crisis to transform the system and to guarantee access to quality and affordable health care to everyone in our country?
  • How much does economic recovery depend on overcoming the public health crisis?
  • What support does our state need from the federal government?
  • What can we do?

Please register for the Zoom Meeting by Sunday, June 7 After you register, you will receive the link to the Zoom meeting. The Waiting Room for the meeting opens on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30 pm. Meeting begins at 6:45.

To make the best use of the short time we have together, if you are inspired to ask a question, please submit your question by Sunday, June 7 at 5 pm.

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Save Lives Now with Next Federal Package

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Call Your Senators and Representative

US Congress Switchboard: 1 (202) 224-3121

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Email Your Representative & Two Senators:

Members of Congress use forms to accept email messages. Below are the websites you will need to email your Representative and two Senators.

First, choose your Representative below to go to their email website.
Unsure? Find your Representative here.

After you are in the email website for your elected, enter your zip+4, copy and paste the subject and letter below into the form. TIP: Please personalize it with your personal story or connection with the elected.

CD 1 – Suzan Delbene (D)
CD 2 – Rep. Rick Larsen (D)
CD 3 – Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)
CD 4 – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R)
CD 5 – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)
CD 6 – Rep. Derek Kilmer (D)
CD 7 – Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D)
CD 8 – Rep. Kim Schrier, MD (D)
CD 9 – Rep. Adam Smith (D)
CD 10 – Rep. Denny Heck (D)

Finally, do the same for both your Senators:

Senator Patty Murray (D)
Senator Maria Cantwell (D)

The Letter

Subject: Include Medicare Crisis Program, COVID Emergency Manufacturing Act, & Community Health Center Funding in the Next Federal Package

Dear Representative/Senator:

As you work on CARES 2, the next package for COVID-19 relief and recovery, I urge you to include three things that will SAVE LIVES and help us reopen our economy:

  1. The Medicare Crisis Program (HR 6674) to enroll in Medicare those who become eligible for unemployment insurance during the pandemic, and their households, to insure more people in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and to ensure no COVID-19 related cost-sharing in any public or private health plan. 
  2. The COVID-19 Emergency Manufacturing Act so frontline workers will have the personal protective equipment they need to stay healthy and all states will have the testing supplies they need to help contain the spread of COVID and reopen the economy.
  3. $7.6 billion in emergency funding for the nation’s community health centers so they can stay open and take care of our most underserved communities, regardless of immigration status, including over 1.2 million people in WA State. Without this emergency funding, many of these health centers across Washington state will be forced to close, including 167 of their clinic sites.

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Watch Rep. Jayapal’s Remarks at Our April General Meeting + HCHR Calls to Action

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We were honored with a personal greeting from Representative Pramila Jayapal, WA Congressional District 7, who outlined a plan of action to make affordable health care available to everyone during the pandemic. In case you missed it, you can watch her presentation here.  

Thanks to all who attended our first Zoom-only general meeting on April 20 – our largest General Meeting turnout ever. Thank you to the presenters on the health care frontlines, on the racial disparities highlighted and exacerbated by the pandemic, on WA State’s legislative session, budget, and ongoing work on health care coverage and affordability. Thanks to those who presented the calls to action which we have gathered for you here.

Note: If you see advertisements on our website, please know that HCHR-WA does not pay for, or endorse them.

ACTION ALERT: RESPONSE TO GEORGE FLOYD’S MURDER

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CALL FOR DIRECT COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis policemen on May 25 has sparked a massive outpouring of rage and grief and demands for justice across our state and nation. In the midst of the pandemic, mass gatherings of protest and healing only add to the extra risks borne by communities of color, already hit disproportionately by COVID-19. At this moment, we wish to uplift an appeal from Black Lives Matter – Seattle King County for direct community support and assistance and the following resources: 

75 things white people (everyone) can do for racial justice

More Anti-racism resources

Save Lives Now Campaign Kit

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Here are some elements you can use to share the Save Lives Now CARES2 Campaign with your contacts.

Action Alert link to Share: bit.ly/SaveLivesCARES2

Campaign graphic:

Share via Facebook:

Share via Twitter:

Action Message You Can Grab and Customize:

Call Your Senators and Representative

US Congress Switchboard: 1 (202) 224-3121

-or-

Email Your Representative & Two Senators (Washington state):

Members of Congress use forms to accept email messages. Below are the websites you will need to email your Representative and two Senators.

First, choose your Representative below to go to their email website.
Unsure? Find your Representative here.

After you are in the email website for your elected, enter your zip+4, copy and paste the subject and letter below into the form. TIP: Please personalize it with your personal story or connection with the elected.

CD 1 – Suzan Delbene (D)
CD 2 – Rep. Rick Larsen (D)
CD 3 – Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)
CD 4 – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R)
CD 5 – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)
CD 6 – Rep. Derek Kilmer (D)
CD 7 – Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D)
CD 8 – Rep. Kim Schrier, MD (D)
CD 9 – Rep. Adam Smith (D)
CD 10 – Rep. Denny Heck (D)

Finally, do the same for both your Senators:

Senator Patty Murray (D)
Senator Maria Cantwell (D)

The Letter

Subject: Include Medicare Crisis Program, COVID Emergency Manufacturing Act, & Community Health Center Funding in the Next Federal Package

Dear Representative/Senator:

As you work on CARES 2, the next package for COVID-19 relief and recovery, I urge you to include three things that will SAVE LIVES and help us reopen our economy:

  1. The Medicare Crisis Program (HR 6674) to enroll in Medicare those who become eligible for unemployment insurance during the pandemic, and their households, to insure more people in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and to ensure no COVID-19 related cost-sharing in any public or private health plan. 
  2. The COVID-19 Emergency Manufacturing Act so frontline workers will have the personal protective equipment they need to stay healthy and all states will have the testing supplies they need to help contain the spread of COVID and reopen the economy.
  3. $7.6 billion in emergency funding for the nation’s community health centers so they can stay open and take care of our most underserved communities, regardless of immigration status, including over 1.2 million people in WA State.

Note: If you see advertisements on our website, please know that HCHR-WA does not pay for, or endorse them.

Action Alert: Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act

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Rep. Jayapal and Senator Sanders will soon introduce the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act. This bill would empower Medicare to pay for all the costs of treatment for the uninsured, and all the out-of-pocket costs for those with public or private insurance for as long as the pandemic continues. Bill Summary | Bill Text

➤ Contact your Members of Congress using this People’s Action digital Phone2Action tool.



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Swedish/Providence SEIU 1199NW Members Ratify New Contract

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SEIU 1199NW sent us this message after its Swedish-Providence members overwhelmingly ratified a new contract on April 6:  

We write with great news that the Swedish-Providence healthcare workers recently ratified their new collective bargaining agreement! 

Highlights include:

  • Immediate increases in staffing for nursing units and environmental services (EVS), and guarantees that workers will have a voice in how scheduling happens, including a staffing escalation process to raise staffing concerns in real time.
  • Organizational Equity and Inclusion Labor-Management Committee and commitments from the employer on no sexual harassment discrimination, protections related to immigration status and religious accommodations for prayer schedules.
  • A first contract for Social Workers & Counselors that ensures parity with tech workers and other local behavioral health professionals.
  •  A Partnership Agreement and first-in-the-nation Innovation Fund supporting joint labor-management efforts to innovate for the future of healthcare.

Thanks to the unity of the workers and the unwavering support of community allies, 8,000 Swedish-Providence caregivers can rest assured that they have a fair contract that prioritizes worker and patient safety.

Also, the Swedish-Providence caregivers recently reached an agreement with management pertaining to pay and benefits during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, front-line workers are in desperate need of personal protective equipment. Please support their efforts to advocate for the crucial supplies they need to protect themselves and their families by signing this petition:  Tell President Trump: Act now to make sure healthcare workers have the supplies and tests needed to ensure the safety of all healthcare workers and patients.

Needless to say, this is an incredibly stressful time for everyone. Thank you for your continued support of healthcare workers as they provide critical care to our community.