[HealthCareForAllColorado] HCAC Opportunity, Action Alert
carolynltaylor at msn.com
Thu Jan 7 20:53:55 MST 2010
A Happy, Healthy New Year to you all!
Health Care for All Colorado is up and running already in January with
events and action to keep our movement for comprehensive health care reform
Sunday, January 10 at 12:15 pm
Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave., FC
* Senator Bob Bacon and Representatives Randy Fischer and John Kefalas
will present summaries of the bills which they are sponsoring in the State
House and Senate in 2010 which relate to health care and health care reform.
Discussion to follow.
* Brief review of the two Federal Bills (House and Senate) and what role
we can play in helping influence the decisions being made to bring the two
* Looking ahead to what is needed in the community to keep health care
reform moving forward
* A light lunch will be provided for those who make a reservation with
Ann Molison amolison at comcast.net 970-377-4228, or you may bring your own.
Saturday, January 23 6:00 pm in Denver
HCAC Gala dinner with TR Reid, host of the film "Sick Around the World"
and author of The Healing of America. Dinner $100 per individual. RSVP by
For details go to www.healthcareforallcolorado.org or call Elinor
Christiansen (303) 756-4159.
CARPOOLS from Loveland, Greeley and Fort Collins will be arranged by
Carolyn Taylor, 970- 461-1328, carolynltaylor at msn.com
The U.S. Senate and House are working now on reconciling their two
health care reform bills, neither of which are
we happy with. But we still have an opportunity to influence their
decisions, particularly in the area of states rights:
The Senate bill provides for State Innovation Waivers that would allow
states to enact comprehensive health care reform, but it prohibits States
from asking for these waivers for seven years. The start date for state
waivers must not be delayed until 2017.
With a small change in the proposed legislation, States would be allowed
to move forward in a timely manner with their own health care reform
concepts, to become laboratories or pilot programs demonstrating how health
care for all can be achieved with cost control in place.
Here is the language we want to see in the final bill:
Waiver for State Innovation States are encouraged to develop
innovative strategies for financing health care. States may apply for
waivers that allow creative financing of health care which create universal,
quality, affordable health care.
You can help by sending a simple message to our congressional
representatives asking them to urge their respective conference committee
members to push open the door for state innovation by removing the date
restrictions on State Innovation Waivers.
Call, fax, or e-mail:
Sen. Mark Udall: 202-224-5941; fax: 202-224-5036; www.udall.senate.gov
Sen. Michael Bennet: 202-224-5852; fax: 202-228-5036;
senatorbennet at bennet.senate.gov
Rep. Betsy Markey: 202-225-4676; fax: 202-225-5870;
For further information on national legislation, Colorado legislation
and future events, go to www.healthcareforallcolorado.org
Carolyn Taylor and the rest of the HCAC Steering Committee in N. CO
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