We Need Health Care Stories to Win Health Care for Everyone in WA State

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The Washington State Universal Health Care Work Group needs to know how Washingtonians are struggling to get the health care they need. We need stories from people who: 

  • have lost their health insurance after losing their jobs
  • cannot afford health insurance
  • have health insurance but can’t afford to use it or who have delayed treatment, 
  • are struggling to pay for long-term COVID complication
  • own businesses and need relief in covering their employees

If you — or someone you know who lives in Washington might be willing to share their story, go to https://bit.ly/HCHRShareMyStory and we will follow up with the details and support if needed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THE ZOOM MEETING
The Work Group meets Tuesday, August 25th. It starts at 1 pm and Public Comments are scheduled to begin at 3:40 pm. We welcome all Washingtonians to give public comments.

Please register for the Zoom meeting by Friday, August 21st at 5 pm at https://bit.ly/WorkGroupRegistration. To provide public comments at the meeting, choose the public comment checkbox on the registration form.

For meeting agenda and materials go to: https://bit.ly/UHCWorkGroupPage

WRITTEN COMMENTS AFTER THE MEETING
They usually accept written comments for 5-7 business days after the meeting. The link to the recorded meeting and the link to submit written comments will be posted here shortly after the August 25th meeting.

We may have an update about the types of comments needed after we see the Meeting Agenda and materials later this week.

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Join Us Tuesday for Three Crises – COVID-19, Racism & the Recession

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Please join us for an illuminating discussion and learning opportunity about how stopping police brutality is vital in our work to build healthy communities.

HCHR WA August General Meeting
Tuesday, August 11, 6:30-7:30 pm Pacific

  • Register in advance for this Zoom Meeting. After you register, you will receive the link to the Zoom meeting and you can add it to your calendar.
  • The Waiting Room for the meeting opens on Tuesday, August 11th at 6:15 pm.

There is growing recognition that racism is a public health crisis. A key step in this development happened on June 6, when 7,000 health care workers marched from Harborview Hospital to Seattle City Hall in support of people of color, to declare racism a public health emergency, and to demand an end to police brutality against people of color (picture below). Following this, King and Pierce counties joined governments across the country in recognizing racism as a public health crisis and taking steps towards racial equity. Similar resolutions have been introduced in the US Congress and adopted by the American Public Health Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.

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Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act Has Broad Support in WA State

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A big thank you to the 71 community, labor, health care and faith organizations which signed onto Health Care for All WA’s letter to our WA Congressional Delegation, urging their support for this bill (HR 6906/S.3790) to establish universal and affordable health care during the pandemic in order to overcome the public health crisis so we can safely reopen the economy. You can see the letter here and see the sign-on organizations below.

 >>> Action Alert:  Please continue to ask Senators Murray and Cantwell and your Congressional representative to support the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act. If you live in the 7th Congressional District, please thank Rep. Jayapal for her leadership. More info.

HCEGA Sign -On Letter Organizations. In addition to Health Care for All – Washington, the originator of the letter, here’s the list of additional Sign-On Organizations:

Updated July 24, 2020

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