July 2018 e.Bulletin: Summer Gala & Auction! Make Health Care the Top Issue this Election & more
Representatives Smith & Jayapal to Join Us for a Night of Health Care Activism, Auction, Art & Music!
If you're interested in volunteering at the event, please sign up here.
Photo Credit: Rae Senarighi Still from Netflix + GLADD documentary: First Time I Saw Me
Health Care is the Real Issue in the 2018 Elections!
Every candidate is talking about universal health care this year.
Let's talk to every candidate for state office this year to make sure they are ready to approve our bill for universal healthcare for everyone in Washington state.
To make sure that all candidates know about this, we asked each candidate to answer a survey. We will publish the candidates' responses in time for primary elections on August 7th.
Watch for the results of our survey. Go and meet with candidates. Please share their response with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's make it the real issue in our 2018 elections! Details here.
Breaking News - Rep. Jayapal announced Medicare for All Congressional Caucus Today!
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-CD 7) announced on Facebook Live this morning that a Medicare for All Caucus has launched with over 66 members. This is a historic moment. Please call her at (203) 225-3106 and thank her for leadership. If you live in a different CD, please call your Representative at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to 1) Co-Sponsor HR 676 and HR 6097, the State-Based Care Act, and 2) Join the Medicare for All Caucus!
Or, thank her in person at our Gala on July 28th!
A caucus is another sign of engaged support for Medicare for All. Congress members need to advocate for the bill actively, on the Hill and off, and take the lead in educating the public.
President's Message: The I-1600 Campaign
We understand that over 100,000 Washington voters signed the petition for I-1600, indicating their support for placing this path to universal health care on the 2018 Washington State ballot. That is no small feat. Unfortunately, it was not enough to qualify for the ballot this year. However, this rapid mobilization effort produced more than 800 volunteers, businesses that supported the effort, and a significant network of organizations willing to mobilize their members to volunteer.
Health Care for All-Washington is more committed than ever to accomplishing universal access to health care for all Washington residents. We know that if our bills are going to progress in the 2019 legislative session, we will need allies we can count on across the state. We welcome any and all persons with a sincere desire to join us in this crucial work. -- Marcia Stedman, HCFA-WA President
Healthcare News You Can Use
Holey Safety Net! The health insurance we rely on is a safety net full of holes. Read these questions submitted to Kaiser Health News’ Michelle Andrews to see how easy it is to fall through those holes.
Washington State Rolls Out Price Comparison Tool. Articles are beginning to come out about the new tool HealthCareCompare. This article from the Longview Daily News reports a difference of $5,000 to $10,000 for knee replacement surgery in Southwest Washington depending on the hospital.
Get mad and then get involved and build the movement to achieve a sustainable solution. We can't shop our way of this!
2018 National Single Payer Strategy Conference. Several of us from HCFA-WA attended the galvanizing conference in Minneapolis at the end of June. Read Mark Dudzic's recap here.
Fri, July 20
Primary Election begins - Washington State
Mon, July 23
HCFA-WA Voters Guide to the 2018 Primary Election - Washington State
Your go-to website to learn where your candidates stand on delivering universal health care nationally and statewide.
Sat, July 28
HCFA-WA Summer Gala! - Seattle
Buy tickets here.
|Tues, Aug 7||
PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOTS DUE - Washington State
Tues, Aug 15
Physicians for a National Health Program - Western Washington - Seattle
Monthly Meeting with Lea Ann Miyagawa, MN, RN, Director of Community House Calls/Interpreter Services at Harborview Medical Center and others from the program describe their experience working with the underserved.