SEIU Members: Taking Action, Improving Lives

SEIU Members:
Taking Action, Improving Lives

SEIU members fought for decades to ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Read more about how we are working together with healthcare allies, faith leaders and healthcare providers to see working families get the healthcare they need to live healthier lives.

12:46 PM Eastern - Thursday, June 18, 2015

The fate of Obamacare → Be the first to know

Sign up to receive text messages with breaking news on the Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell and access to health careWill the Supreme Court take away our affordable health care?

Incredibly, that's what's at stake in King v. Burwell--a lawsuit extremist Republicans are supporting that's designed to bring down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Be among the first to know what the Court decides. Text SCOTUS to 787753 to receive breaking text message alerts on the Supreme Court's decision about our access to healthcare.

Working women and men; registered nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers who provide their care; and advocates of all stripes are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its impact is impossible to overstate: 16.4 million people with health insurance who didn't have it before, for starters. And while the law is facing its latest challenge from right-wing extremists bent on politicizing the Supreme Court of the United States, we know most Americans oppose this misguided effort.

Just days before the nine justices heard arguments in King v. Burwell, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Hart Research Associates released a poll that showed Americans not only want to keep their insurance but also want the tax credits that are questioned in this case available in all 50 states.

1:22 PM Eastern - Monday, March 23, 2015

Our fight for affordable healthcare

It's hard to believe it has been five years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. For some of us, we were fighting for healthcare reform long before that.

Watch our video to take a look back at all we've accomplished and why we're fighting to preserve the law.

I remember in 2008 wearing my purple "I'm a Health Care Voter" T-shirt with pride when we demanded every presidential candidate have a plan to ensure access to quality affordable care for every man, woman and child.

Since the ACA became the law, I have fought for Medicaid expansion and shared with others--at community centers, farmers markets, even grocery stores--how the law works. I remember one woman from a family of seven describe how she was just "making do"--meaning they only went to the doctor when they were in crisis and rationing medication. The affordable coverage and preventive care they accessed has been life changing and it's helping them live healthier lives.

2:48 PM Eastern - Monday, March 2, 2015

King v. Burwell ➞ The Stakes Are Too High! #DontTakeMyCare

On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell.

This case jeopardizes the vision of affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans and challenges the tax credits available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that millions of working families depend upon to purchase lower-cost health insurance. This politically motivated case could threaten the overall health and financial security of millions of working people in some 36 states and turn back the gains made in improving access to care.

If extremists win in King v. Burwell, millions of Americans' healthcare is at stake/

Registered nurses, doctors and healthcare workers from cities and towns across America and ordinary working Americans have joined SEIU in filing an amicus brief that reveals how the tax credits have helped them, their loved ones, or their patients to afford healthcare coverage, and, subsequently, afford long overdue preventive care and treatment of chronic conditions.

Here are a few of their stories.

4:00 PM Eastern - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Through tax credits, I'm taking charge of my health and my family's future

Claudette Newsome, 42, is an independent contractor from Houston, managing various recruiting, production, marketing and sales projects for her clients. She works as a volunteer with the Texas Organizing Project.

I have suffered great loss in the last five years. Days after my husband turned 46, he died of cancer. Then, two years later, I lost my 17-year-old son when he was tragically hit by a car. While there have been days when my pain was so unbearable that I did not want to move, I knew eventually I would have to get on with my life.

Through tax credits, I'm taking charge of my health and my family's futureMy daughters, ages 10 and 14, had lost the two most important men in their lives so I knew I had to take care of myself for their sake. They needed their mom and the comfort that family provides. If something happened to me, who was going to take care of them? Who was going to love them, take them to school, and understand the tragedies they have already faced in their lives?

Surprisingly, what became important to me was the security of affordable health insurance coverage. I knew I had to take good care of myself--not just for my own health but for my daughters. They need a healthy parent that will always be present in their lives. 

Deborah McBee.JPGDeborah McBee, 63, is a retired educator who lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Burrett. She is part of a dozen people who submitted briefs in the King v. Burwell case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her husband is a teaching lecturer at Plymouth State University and a member of SEIU Local 1984, New Hampshire State Employees Association.

My husband, Burrett, and I have both been educators our entire careers. Anyone who pursues education as a career knows it's not about the pay or the benefits; it's about dedicating yourself to opening up new worlds for students. While we love our work, there have been personal sacrifices we have made, among them, our struggle to keep up with rising costs of healthcare insurance coverage.

For years we got our health insurance through our jobs. While we would complain about high co-pays, we didn't think twice about going to the doctor when we got sick. Then when we changed jobs, we lost our insurance coverage. During that time, I needed to have a CT scan and was shocked when I saw the bill for more than $1,400. For the first time, I really understood how outrageous healthcare costs are in the United States.

12:43 PM Eastern - Monday, February 23, 2015

We can't go back

When I heard the uplifting news that approximately 11.4 million Americans signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, it was kind of bittersweet. On the one hand, families like mine are finally getting the comprehensive care we need. Unfortunately, this relief has been followed by endless partisan political attacks to challenge the law.

  • Congressional Republicans are still trying to repeal the law; the count is now up to 56 votes.
  • Governors and state legislatures are still standing in the way of expanding Medicaid for those who fall in the gaps of coverage.
  • And on March 4, the Supreme Court is hearing a case, King v. Burwell, which could be the biggest threat to law yet.

Currently, women and men making up to $46,680 and families of four earning up to $95,400 in all 50 states are eligible to receive federal tax credits to help us afford health insurance. If the Supreme Court rules the wrong way, tax credits could be restricted to only those living in the 16 states that have created their own health insurance exchanges.

This would make health insurance completely out-of-reach for more than 8 million Americans.

And I could be one of them.

10:59 AM Eastern - Thursday, February 19, 2015

King v. Burwell: Without tax credits I would pay almost 10 times more for insurance

Michele EvansMichele Evans is a small business owner in Bozeman, Mont. She has been an advocate for affordable healthcare in Montana and joined 11 other hardworking Americans asking the U.S. Supreme Court to keep tax credits to help working families maintain their healthcare coverage.

The past few months have been an emotional roller coaster for my husband and me. We run two small businesses and before the Affordable Care Act was passed we had been uninsured for several years. It was scary not having insurance. I was constantly worried that something as simple as a slip and fall could send our family into bankruptcy.

In 2009, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease that became so debilitating at one point I could not feed myself. My husband had to put our solar/wind energy business on hold to care for me, leaving our family without income. We were forced to spend our entire savings to pay for expensive out-of-pocket treatments over the four years I suffered with the disease.

I was excited when we finally made enough to qualify for an $850 per month tax credit through the law so we could purchase our own healthcare coverage. While I no longer suffer from Lyme disease, my husband and I are both in our 50s and we know all too well how quickly health issues can arise. Now, because our monthly premiums are affordable, only $87 per month, we have the peace of mind of having access to regular checkups and routine health screenings without having to pay out-of-pocket.

3:22 PM Eastern - Thursday, July 17, 2014

SEIU Members Tweet to Take On #MedicaidBlockade

Nearly 6 million people across the country are still being denied health care by GOP governors and legislatures. A whopping 17,000 of these people are estimated to die from it.

With lives on the line, enough is enough!

Help stop the #MedicaidBlockade by using and sharing our new map tool. Click on a state to send a Twitter message to the GOP that denying millions healthcare is totally unacceptable.

Not on Twitter? Take action by sharing our graphic on Facebook



1:52 PM Eastern - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Affordable Care Act comes through for Virginia man--twice

John WalshJohn Walsh is ineligible for health insurance through his employer--the Parks and Recreation Department in Herndon, Va.--because he works part time. Thanks to the earlier provisions of the Affordable Care Act, though, he was able to stay on his parent's health insurance plan for several years until he turned 26.

As his birthday approached, Walsh decided to improve his overall health by embarking on a new exercise regimen. He saw tremendous results. After several months, however, he began to have severe pain in his arm and shoulder making it increasingly hard to continue his new lifestyle.

To make matters worse, he turned 26 and lost his health insurance. When he looked at private plan options, Walsh saw he'd have to pay about $500/month--an amount he could not afford. "I started looking up my symptoms on the Web and convinced myself it was tendonitis. I was trying to figure out what I could do on my own to relieve the pain--which was getting worse. I could barely open a door or shake someone's hand without pain," he said.