Healthcare

Delegates participated in caucuses and plenary sessions, listening to diverse speakers and making connections across the country.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, a panel heard personal stories about issues dealing with private health insurance companies. Comments came from both patients and providers. All of the stories from the Speak Out will be collected and given to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing at a hearing in Boston for single payer bills.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the UMass Student Union, the League of Women Voters of Amherst will host a program entitled Speak Out for Health Care Justice: Is Health Care in Massachusetts Working for You?

On July 30th, demonstrations all across the country will herald the 50th birthday of Medicare. The LWVA Health Care Committee will join with other organizations in the area to plan a joyful demonstration on July 30th. We will ask local legislators and other elected officials to join us in this celebration.

The Health Care Committee is planning a program with the MA Department of Mental Health entitled "GOOD Mental Health. It starts with a conversation." The program is planned for Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Featured speakers will present personal accounts of recovery and resiliency. Discussions will focus on dispelling myths about mental health issues, removing obstacles to acceptance in our community and better understanding.

The primary work of the LWVA Health Care Committee is advocacy and education for a Massachusetts single payer plan, i.e. Medicare for All Massachusetts. Medicare for All would be a single insurance plan covering everyone in the Commonwealth  with quality health care benefits. Providers would be paid in a timely manner and would not have to deal with hundreds of competing private insurance companies.

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