8 MIllion and Counting…

HEALTH ACCESS ALERT
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

“IT’S OUR HEALTHCARE!” CONSUMER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED
* Participating Groups Claim Over 8 Million Members; More Organizations Joining
* Seniors, Consumer Advocates, Communities of Faith, Labor and Health Advocates
* Goal: a Strong Consumer Voice to Shape Healthcare Reform in California
* Hundreds of Thousands of E-mails Being Sent Out; New Website at:
http://www.itsourhealthcare.org/

Today, a new coalition of organizations representing a broad swath of Californians announced a consumer-based healthcare reform campaign today, to go deeper and broader than ever before to win key reforms and expanded coverage.

Together, the groups, which include AARP California, California ACORN, California Alliance for Retired Americans, California Black Health Network, California Council of Churches IMPACT, California Labor Federation, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, CALPIRG, Congress of California Seniors, Consumers Union, Health Access California, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, National Council of La Raza, Service Employees International Union, Greenlining Institute and California Partnership, have more than 8 million California members.

The new coalition will activate a massive organizing effort to ensure that Californians have a chance to share their concerns about their own healthcare and to be a forceful voice in shaping how the system gets fixed. The coalition launched an email blitz to the hundreds of thousands of the groups’ members today, and will be scaled up to more than a million in coming weeks. The alert that mulitple organizations are sending out to their members is available at:
http://www.itsourhealthcare.org/

The campaign will include online and person-to-person outreach to gather Californians’ healthcare stories and concerns, satellite-linked town halls across the state to learn about the issues and proposed solutions, house parties to bring neighbors, friends and families together to discuss the problems with our healthcare system, and many opportunities for individual Californians to communicate to our elected leaders.

The groups have come together around specific goals, and support and oppose ideas and proposals that are currently a part of the health reform debate. Those goals are listed on the website. The sign-up form for organizations is at:
http://www.health-access.org/advocating/docs/IOH%20signup.pdf

The “It’s Our Healthcare!” coalition is committed to ensuring health reform happens this year and will continue to weigh in to shape the debate. These organizations will dedicate significant staff and financial resources to ensure that the consumer has a prominent voice in shaping health reform this year.

For more information, contact Anthony Wright, Health Access California, at 916-442-2308, or awright@health-access.org, or Rachel Richman, It’s Our Healthcare, at 510-873-8787 x102, or rrichman@health-access.org.

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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