All posts tagged: Healthcare

Oct 1 – #TenOne: Medicare-for-All National Day of Action at UCSD

CaHPSA (California Health Professional Student Alliance) is a health equity advocacy group at UCSD and under the parent organization PNHP-CA (Physicians for a National Health Program). We work with students and health professionals to establish a single payer health system in California as well as advocate for healthcare justice and education in addition to providing students volunteering opportunities to serve the economically disadvantaged. Earlier this year, we helped lobby along with AllCare Alliance in Sacramento and with local Assembly members to help pass SB4, the recently signed bill that now allows undocumented children 19 and under to enroll in healthcare under medi-cal. We will continue to help lobby for coverage for all the undocumented in California, most likely supporting SB10 in the future, and any bills that we believe will facilitate health equity and a transformation to single payer health coverage. We are also in the process of setting up a station where our members serve as certified enrollment counselors under Covered California. During October 1st, we will host an awareness event at UCSD for …

US Healthcare Explained & Check Your Own Doctor’s Gifts From Big Pharma

John Oliver provided a damning critique of Big Pharma in the premiere of his second season of Last Week Tonight on HBO. His segment also contained details of the new federal website OpenPaymentsData.CMS.gov, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, that allows you to search for gifts given to doctors. The short clip is worth watching through to the “Pharmaceutical Money” advertisement at the end. Side effects include “chronic overprescription,” “unusually heavy cash flow” and “death.”

Insurance Rate Public Justification & Accountability Act

The Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act would: Give the insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive rate increases for individual and small group health insurance. Require health insurance companies to publicly disclose and justify, under penalty of perjury, proposed rate changes before they take effect. Make every document filed by an insurance company to justify a rate increase a public record. Allow Californians to challenge unjustified premium rate increases. Why Californians need public justification of health insurance rates Today, there is no transparency in how health insurance companies set prices and premium rates. California’s health insurance companies set premiums in secrecy, handpick the people who check their math, and then expect consumers to trust that rates have been set fairly. If a rate filing is excessive or unjustified, no one has the power to require insurance companies to undergo a public review. More importantly, no one – not even the state’s insurance commissioner – can reject excessive or unjustified rate increases. The proposed ballot measure would create a public review process and would …

Apr 11-12 – Drive for Universal Healthcare

California Physicians for a National Health Program and the UCSD California Health Professional Student Alliance welcomes the Drive for Universal Health Care to San Diego on April 10, 11 and 12 as the first stop on their West Coast tour which will include 20 cities in 3 states. The tour includes Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg who produced and directed “The Health Care Movie,” a feature documentary explaining the history of the Canadian health care system and contrasting its accomplishments with the problems in the USA. The divergence between the two countries has only been enhanced by the complexity, inefficiency, omissions and confusion created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA-Obamacare.) Creating and marketing this Rube Goldberg system involved not just a chaotic roll out and web site but also has already cost/wasted over an estimated $6B nationally, with $1.3B in federal dollars coming to California – none of it used to treat one sick person. On the one hand, the ACA has provided subsidized health insurance to many previously uninsured Americans (only in some states), …

Nov 16 – OFA San Diego’s Affordable Care Act Training

What is the status of the Affordable Care roll-out? When will the national website be fixed? Is it secure? Is California’s Exchange up and running? Who should enroll and why? Come learn the truth. Spread that truth to your circle of family and friends. And help Organizing for Action plan how we can work in our communities to spread the word about why health care matters and how San Diegans can benefit from “Obamacare.” You’re invited to participate in this informative training then brainstorm on how we’ll make ACA a reality for San Diegans. Come enjoy refreshments and a smart lively discussion with like-minded San Diegans. Get the Facts and help plan how we’ll promote enrollment in the new State Exchange. What: Organizing for Action’s Health Care for the Holidays Training When: Saturday November 16, 1:30pm Where: South Chula Vista Branch Library Get the details and RSVP here.

May 16 – League of Women Voters Meeting in OB – The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

In Ocean Beach, on May 16th, the League of Women Voters of San Diego will meet to discuss “The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare”. There will be a documentary shown and Jeanne Brown, Co-President of the LWV San Diego, will lead a discussion. When Thursday May 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Where OB Parks and Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego 92107 NO fees to pay or need to be a member to attend. Men and women welcome. The issue of healthcare in America goes far beyond a line in the budget. It reaches into the center of the American soul and answers the question, “How in the world do we want to treat each other?” In Canada, healthcare is regarded as a social service, and treated as a responsibility of the government, to be provided to every citizen. Not so in the United States. In America, health care is regarded as a profit-making commodity, to be operated for the financial gain of insurance and pharmaceutical companies, doctors and hospitals. This documentary considers …