1/31/19 - January Bulletin #2

Contra Costa Bulletin: January 31, 2019
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Let's Continue the Fight for Healthcare Justice - FOR ALL!

Join us February 9th
IFPTE Local 21 Contra Costa Chapter to Host Medicare for All Barnstorm!
Medicare for All Barnstorm Event
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Concord Senior Center
2727 Parkside Circle, Concord CA

All Community Members Welcome!
Coffee and Light Breakfast provided

Why is Medicare for All important for Local 21 Members?

We are rounding the corner to a new understanding in Contra Costa County—Affordable Healthcare should NOT be a luxury. The 9 Union Healthcare Coalition accomplished a lot during negotiations last year, including a move to the county paying a premium subsidy of 80% across all plans of the 2nd lowest cost non-deductible HMO plan (Kaiser A currently) by 2022, but what if there were no healthcare premiums, out of pocket costs, or other barriers to access?


Why must so many of us tolerate risky plans with high out-of-pocket costs?
Why is our healthcare system so unequal and costly?
Why is affordable healthcare inaccessible for so many?

What if our access to basic necessities like cancer screenings and treatment didn’t put us at risk of financial instability? It’s enough that health issues are hard on our bodies—they shouldn’t be hard on our bank accounts too!
The only way we get to 100% coverage is to affect social consciousness. We need the larger community to start viewing medical care as a right for all people.

Will you JOIN US on February 9th?
Click here to RSVP

The Medicare for All Campaign is the beginning of this conversation for union members in Contra Costa County and we need to make sure we kick things off the right way—with your involvement.

Let’s do this! 
What you can do now:
1) RSVP for the event -- https://actionnetwork.org/events/concord-barnstorm-national-medicare-for-all-week-of-action
2) Commit to bringing a colleague, friend, or family member.
3) Post the Barnstorm Flyer up in break rooms and share on social media.  You can download it by clicking the flyer below.
4) Contact us to help organize your co-workers to attend or to get involved with the Campaign!

This Medicare for All Barnstorm event is the start of a longer discussion about how to create change that will help all Local 21 members and our families. Please join us.

ABOUT HR 676: Patients will have the complete freedom to choose the doctors, hospitals and other providers they wish to see without worrying about whether a provider is "in network."

HR 676/The Medicare for All Act of 2019 will guarantee quality, therapeutic care to every person in the United States. There will be a comprehensive package of benefits, including primary care, hospital and outpatient services, prescription drugs, dental, vision, audiology, full women’s reproductive health services including abortion, maternity and newborn care, long-term care services and supports, mental health and substance abuse treatment, laboratory and diagnostic services, ambulatory services and more.

There will be no premiums, no co-pays and no deductibles—and no charges whatsoever at the point of service. The bill preserves the ability of veterans to receive their medical benefits and services through the Veterans Administration if they wish, and of Native Americans to receive their medical benefits and services through the Indian Health Service, if they wish.
Visit our chapter website: http://ifpte21.org/chapters/contra-costa-county