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Healthcare Update - June 4, 2014

jim speaks about regional healthcare in the NW part of Washington focused on the changes that have taken place in the five county area after the Affordable Care Act went into effect. She speaks with Dorothy Bradshaw, North Sound In Person Assister Program Manager, who oversees the enrollment process for five counties: Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom. Then jim speaks with Jeanne Rupert, Medical Education Director for Skagit Regional Health about access to healthcare in Skagit County. Finally, jim talks with Shirley Floyd and Joe Leonguerrero of UFCW21 about contract negotiations for over 1000 employees at Skagit Regional Health.

To enroll now in a health insurance program or to ask questions:
in Skagit call Community Action at 360 416-7585,
in Whatcom contact Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement 360 788-6594
OR, go to http://wahealthplanfinder.org

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Health Insurance Roll Out under Affordable Care Act - September 11, 2013

jim talks with Cynthia Eichner, Executive Director of the Skagit County Alliance for Healthcare Access (SCAHA), who is responsible for the roll out of the Affordable Care Act here in Skagit County. Find out who is eligible and how to apply if one is eligible.

For more personal information, info available now at (can apply through these starting Oct. 1)
Call center open 7 AM - 8 PM Monday through Friday - 1-855-923-4633
Website - http://wahealthplanfinder.org
For group presentations, contact Cynthia Eichner at 360 899-5669.

Starting October 1:

Sit down with someone to discuss your case at Community Action of Skagit County, Skagit Regional Health (hospital and clinics), Island Hospital, United General Hospital, Mount Baker Planned Parenthood, or SeaMar clinics.

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Healthcare Reform 2010 - December 8, 2010

Dr. John Geyman, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, and past President of Physicians for a National Health Plan returns to Speak Up! Speak Out! to talk about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - the healthcare reform legislation passed earlier this year. Dr. Geyman talks both about positive changes the bill is designed to make, as well as its limitations. He ends with reasons for optimism in the prospects for further reform.

Check out Dr. Geyman's books at: http://www.commoncouragepress.com

You can read more about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at: http://www.healthcare.gov/law/introduction/index.html

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Health Care as a Human Right - Is Capitalism Killing Us? - March 17, 2010

What makes a society healthy? Is it access to quality health care? According to Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, emergency room physician and professor in Population Health Studies at the University of Washington, healthcare does not make us healthy. The results of much research show that what determines the health of a society is related to the degree of equality in that society. Our growing disparity between the rich and poor, and lack of public policies to to assure well being to pregnant mothers and young children is the reason we are falling behind other developed countries.

For more information see http://depts.washington.edu/eqhlth/

We will carry Dr. Bezruchka's March 26 presentation to this year's Skagit Human Rights Festival on this site in a few weeks.

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Dr. John Geyman update on Health Care Reform - November 18, 2009

Dr. John Geyman, family physician, professor emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, and former president of Physicians for a National Health Plan returns to discuss HR 3962, the Affordable Health care for America Act, which just passed the House of Representatives and is now begin debated in the Senate.

For more information on the movement for national health insurance, see Physicians for a National Health Plan website: http://www.pnhp.org

Dr. Geyman's books are available through Common Courage Press and Amazon.com.

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Dr. Stephen Bezruchka on "Why We are so Unhealthy" - November 11, 2009

Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, emergency physician and professor of Population Health Studies in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health discusses the root causes of poor health care outcomes in this country, and how this is related to the social and economic disparities in our society. Dr. Bezruchka will present at the Skagit Human Rights Festival on March 26, 2010. You can also hear talks he gives through Alternative Radio, which are rebroadcast by KSVR, 91.7 FM in Mt. Vernon.
The website for the Population Health Forum is: http://depts.washington.edu/eqhlth/

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Health Care Reform in the House - October 14, 2009

Bellingham resident Larry Kalb, president of Health Care For All - Washington, discusses HR 3200, the health care reform bill being considered in the House of Representatives. From his own reading of the bill, Larry dissects how the bill offers more benefit to insurance companies than to ordinary people, and how taxpayers will pay the costs.

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League of Women Voters Health Care Forum - September 16, 2009

The League of Women Voters held a Health Care Forum in early summer of 2009. This show features the opening speeches of the presenters.

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Anne Feeney Single Payer Road Show - August 5, 2009

This show is a recording of portions of the Single Payer Health Care Road Show concert in Bellingham put on by Anne Feeney and company in late July of 2009.

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Anne Feeney, "Sing out for Single Payer" - July 15, 2009

An interview with Anne Feeney about the Single Payer Road show. Anne has been an effective community organizer for almost 40 years. She will perform in Bellingham on Monday, July 27. 8 PM. Whatcom Peace and Justice Ctr.100 E Maple St, Bellingham. Concert is free. More info Betsy Pernotto betsyp@openaccess.org or Dotty Dale dotty@nas.com

http://annefeeney.com

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March for Health Care Reform - June 17, 2009
The rally and march for Health Care Reform in Seattle on May 30 drew an estimated 3,500 people. This program features the voices of some of the participants, and an interview with single payer advocate Marshall Goldberg M.D. - retired Ob/Gyn doctor from Whidbey Island.

In Washington State, contact Senators Murray and Cantwell. Ask them to co-sponsor Senate Bill 703: Call toll free 866-338-1015 and ask for the Senator you'd like to speak with. Or call their offices directly:
Senator Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441 Email through her website: http://cantwell.senate.gov/
Senator Patty Murray: 202-224-2621 Email through her website: http://murray.senate.gov/

To reach Representative Rick Larsen, and to ask him to co-sponsor HR 676:
202-225-2605 rick.larsen@mail.house.gov

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Realities and Politics of Single Payer Healthcare - April 29, 2009
Two local activists, Ginny Wolff and Richard Austin, discuss why single payer healthcare is the answer to our broken health insurance system, and why we can't get our lawmakers to support in, despite the support of nearly 2/3 of the American public. See http://www.pnhp.org and http://www.healthcare-now.org for more information.

Action: Contact Maria Cantwell (202-224-3441), member of the Senate Finance Committee, and ask her to invite a member of Physicians for National Healthcare, or the California Nurses Ass. to their weekly roundtable discussions on healthcare reform, May 5 and 14. Ask Senator Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray (202-224-2621) to cosponsor S703, and ask Rep. Rick Larsen (202-225-2605) to co-sponsor HR 676.

If you have questions, or comments of any kind, or would like to have the opportunity to ask a questions on the air, please email us at askagitspeaks@yahoo.com.

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