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Improving Our Nation’s Health Means Healthcare For All!


National Public Health Week Stresses Access to Healthcare

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We all deserve to be healthy, to have the same opportunity for a long and healthy life. Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege. This National Public Health Week, we recognize union healthcare workers uniting to stop violence in the workplace and ensure that our hospitals, nursing homes and clinics are safe for all patients and for the women and men who work there.

For decades, SEIU members have fought for healthcare as a human right, not a privilege. We believe that everyone in America should have a right to quality, affordable healthcare—including long term care. We recognize union healthcare workers who always put the health of our communities first: from caring for HIV/AIDS patients and fighting for clean water, to responding to mass shootings or hurricanes resulting from climate change. 

National Public Health Week, April 1-7, spearheaded by the American Public Health Association, highlights the urgent need to:

  • Ensure access to affordable, quality healthcare for all;
  • Stop this pattern in Congress of endless attempts to take health insurance away from working people; 
  • Be proactive by calling on members of Congress to support, improve upon and strengthen the Affordable Care Act.

According to the American Public Health Association, 20 million more people have gained health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and many of today’s most costly diseases can be prevented or more easily treated by increasing health coverage.

This #NPHW we’re proud that more people have access to Medicaid and affordable healthcare that leads to healthier communities. 

We’re not stopping until there’s #HealthcareForAll and every healthcare job is a good, union job. TAKE ACTION.