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June 14-Day of Action: Tell Gov. Rauner and Members of Congress to oppose cuts and caps on Medicaid

Jun 13, 2017

Senate Republicans are working behind closed doors on their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Like the House bill, the “revamped” AHCA would throw millions off of health care and gut Medicaid, harming older Americans, kids and their families, people with disabilities, and those seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

Also, like the House, Senate leadership is doing all they can to rush this secret plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act onto the Senate floor. No committee hearings, no public debate, and no expert testimony will take place before this extremely unpopular bill is likely to get a vote in the U.S. Senate in the next few weeks.

Illinois will be among those hit the hardest by the Medicaid cuts. Because of our state’s historically low spending on Medicaid enrollees, putting a cap on our federal funding is an especially bad deal for Illinois. If the Medicaid per capita cap went into effect, Illinois would have to find savings in our program to make up for the loss of funding. This means:

  • Rationing care for low-income people, including children with special health care needs and frail seniors;
  • Defunding efforts to address public health crises like the opioid epidemic;
  • Jeopardizing the health coverage of veterans – 1 out of 10 veterans depend on Medicaid for coverage; and
  • Harming communities of color who, because of a long history of oppression and discrimination, face persistent health inequities.
Health & Medicine and Protect our Care Illinois urge you to take time tomorrow, June 14, to help stop this! Here are three things you can do!
  1. Call Gov. Rauner at 312-814-2121 and demand that he publicly oppose the AHCA, which will cost Illinois billions of dollars in Medicaid funding and thousands of jobs.
  2. Call your Member of Congress at 1-866-877-3303 and demand that they publicly oppose the AHCA. Sens. Durbin and Duckworth are outspoken opponents of the AHCA, but the Senate bill, if approved, will head to the House for a final vote. Calling your House member now is crucial for building a firewall against this bill.
  3. Share this message on social media using #ILSaveACA and #SaveMedicaid. You can also share these Families USA graphics. If you have friends/family in these 10 states, encourage them to call and tweet at their Senators to Vote NO on #TrumpCarein2018.
Health & Medicine is proud to be a lead agency of Protect our Care – Illinois, a statewide coalition of health care advocates, providers, consumers, and workers, working to prevent the repeal of the ACA, prevent disastrous changes to Medicaid, and protect and expand access to quality affordable health care.

"CCHHS must provide safe, affirming sanctuary in all of its facilities"

Jun 07, 2017

On May 26, Health & Medicine's Director of Health Equity Wesley Epplin and Board Member Linda Rae Murray again testified before the Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board, urging the System to ensure that all patients and clients of the CCHHS are provided safe, affirming sanctuary in all of its facilities. Epplin and Murray's remarks follow-up on similar testimony earlier this year.

"There’s no way to advance health equity—to engage in this process of assurance—without affirming safety and sanctuary for all people in health system facilities," Epplin said. "CCHHS can neither stay true to its mission nor implement its strategic plan without proactively affirming and ensuring patient and client safety."

Click here to read Epplin's testimony. Murray's full testimony is available here.

2017 Schweitzer Leadership Award to Honor Ai-Jen Poo

Jun 05, 2017

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program and pleased to announce that Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, has been selected for the 2017 Schweitzer Leadership Award. Each year, the Schweitzer Leadership Award honors an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.

An award-winning activist, thought leader, and social innovator,  Ai-jen Poo is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Co-Director of Caring Across Generations. A leading voice in domestic workers’ rights and family care advocacy, she helped lead the way to the passage of the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, historic legislation that extends basic labor protections to over 200,000 domestic workers in New York state.

Ms. Poo will be honored at an award reception on July 5th at Rush University. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Deadline Extended for 2017 HMPRG Awards Nominations

Jun 02, 2017

Too often those in our community working for equity and social justice aren't given the recognition they deserve. Help us celebrate these unsung heroes whose work exemplify Health & Medicine’s mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care.

The nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, June 9. Winners will be honored at our 2017 Gala event on October 13th at the Chicago Cultural Center. To learn more and nominate a person or group whose work inspires you, click HERE!