HCAO Rally April 20

HCAO Lobby Day, Hearing and Rally April 20 at the Capitol in Salem

--by Lee Mercer, HCAO president and Mobilization chair

REGISTER HERE to join Health Care for All-Oregon Thursday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a Senate Committee on Health Care hearing on our single payer bill and the RAND study, legislative visits and a rally on the West Capitol steps in Salem in support of universal, publicly funded health care.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 9 a.m, to 4 p.m.: Registration and Legislative Packet pick up, Room 243 Oregon State Capitol
  • 9 a.m, to 4 p.m.: Legislative Visits (set visits with your Senator and Representative in advance.)
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Rally on the WEST Capitol steps (by the circle of state flags); wear t-shirts, bring signs and banners (no signs or banners allowed inside Capitol).
  • 1 p.m.: Senate Committee on Health Care Hearing, Hearing Room E, (we will have scheduled individuals to testify).

We expect several hundred statewide HCAO activists carrying signs and banners while they listen to inspiring speakers at a noon West steps rally. There will also be the opportunity for you to organize visits with your legislators. There is nothing like sharing your personal story with your legislators to educate and move them on this issue!

Don’t wait--start your plans to fill a bus, a van, or caravan of cars and spend the day in Salem telling Oregon legislators that we want health care for ALL people. (Each regional team will want to work out food arrangements--bag lunch, hit a local cafe, etc)

See you on April 20. Register Now!

Then, learn how to talk to your friends and family about universal health care--come to a speakers training on April 29. Details are here.

Five GOP Health Care Buzz Phrases You Need to Inoculate Yourself Against

Adapted from Julie Chinitz

Stop the Attack on Medicare

A petition is circulating to stop the action to privatize Medicare.  Medicare is a fundamental tool of Americans' economic security – a guarantee that seniors will not be denied health care just because they can’t afford it.  The fight over the future of Medicare could come to a head as soon as the next session of Congress starts in January.

Sign the petition: Stop the Republican attack on Medicare.  Click on the text to access the petition.

RAND study released

For a full copy of the RAND report, entitled A Comprehensive Assessment of Four Options for Financing Health Care Delivery in Oregon, click here. 

MVHCA celebrates latest victory

 MVHCA's primary goal is an affordable, comprehensive, publicly-funded, high quality, universal health care system for all Oregonians.

Thank you, CORVALLIS!

Thanks to the 19,000+ people who voted "yes" on Corvallis ballot measure 2-95.  It passed by a very substantial margin and tells our legislators that universal health care needs to be a priority in Oregon. We count ourselves as fortunate to live in a community that cares about the health of our citizens. This past Saturday, 100 representatives from throughout the state gathered in Corvallis for the semi-annual meeting of Health Care for All Oregon, a coalition of more than 125 organizations and individuals working to develop plans for publicly funded, comprehensive health coverage in our state. 

The Corvallis vote, as well as a similar one passed in Ashland, will serve as a model for other communities as we move toward the vital goal of making health care for all a reality.

We’ve already heard thanks from one State Senator. These important votes of support in our cities will help this senator to persuade others in the legislature to move forward on health care that covers all in one huge risk pool of everyone in our state.  

MVHCA celebrates 25 years of health care activism

Images from the MVHCA 25th anniversary party capture the spirit of the evening. 

The ColoradoCareYes bill will appear appear on the Colorado ballot this November; if it passes, Colorado will provide health care for all the state's residents. The party raised $3,040 for ColoradoCareYes. 

Photos by Don Hall.

MVHCA chooses new logo

Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates is pleased to announce our new logo. Designed to reflect our mission — that we support health care coverage for all — the image depicts an umbrella to represent coverage and a crowd of figures meant to represent all ages and walks of life, all contained within the Oregon outline.

The logo was created by the MVHCA Communications Committee and approved by the Board at its June 2016 meeting. The designer was Shelby Holteen, of Shelby Holteen Designs. Ms Holteen’s website is www.shelbyholteendesigns.weebly.com

For an official version of the logo to use in any official promotional efforts on behalf of MVHCA, please contact the Communications Committee sandra.j.bean.or@gmail.com for the logo and usage guidelines.

Get Involved

We welcome your support and involvement on whatever level and in whatever way works for you!  Attending the monthly meeting on the 4th Monday evening of each month is probably the best way to learn more about the organization and find out how you might want to participate.  

There are lots of volunteer opportunities – helping with planning and arranging events, tabling at Farmers’ Markets and other public gatherings, hosting a front room conversation, writing a letter to the editor, etc.

MVHCA (Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates) and HCAO (Health Care for All Oregon) are 501(c)3 non-profit corporations and all donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for wanting to support our efforts financially.  We appreciate your donation in any amount and would especially encourage you to consider becoming a sustaining donor (setting up a monthly contribution) to provide stability for MVHCA’s work going forward. 

What are those acronyms?

MVHCA – Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates
    Local volunteer activist group; member of HCAO; non-profit status
HCAO – Health Care for All Oregon Statewide organization with more than 120       member groups
HCAO-Action – is a new 501(c4) and is designed for contributions to be used        for lobbying
PNHP – Physicians for a National Health Program Nationwide organization with      very active local chapter