The Florida Legislature is deadlocked over healthcare spending, including the expansion of Medicaid and the potential loss of $1.3 billion a year the federal government sends the state to help safety net hospitals such as Jackson care for the uninsured and Medicaid patients. Miami-Dade County does not have the money to cover the potential loss of $200 million a year in federal funding that helps Jackson Health System, according to the county mayor.
A large contingent of Local 1991 members recently flew to Tallahassee to fight for our patients and our hospital as gridlock in the capital reached its peak. As the House and Senate squared off over Medicaid expansion, the fate of the state budget hung in the balance. Local 1991 members were literally in the middle of it, drawing attention to the lack of action of our legislators to expand health care to hundreds of thousands, save lives and protect our safety-net hospitals.
Press Advisory: Rebecca Wakefield 305 804-7051 firstname.lastname@example.org As gridlock grips Tallahassee over health care policy, frustrated nurses and doctors from South Florida will deliver flip flops to Governor Rick Scott and their worn-out shoes to House leaders who claim that only Gucci loafer-wearing lobbyists want Medicaid expansion. On April 15-16, 100 nurses, doctors and healthcareContinue reading “Jackson Healthcare Pros to Tallahassee: Walk in Our Shoes”
As New Year’s resolutions give way to Valentine’s Day, March Madness and April showers, so too the political season begins in Florida and Washington. Local 1991 members stay on top of the issues through our Committee on Political Education (COPE), which meets for lunch on every campus the second week of the month.
Five million people currently have access to life saving health care due to Medicaid Expansion. If you live in one of the purple states below, you are not one of them. With lives on the line, enough is enough! Take action today.
ADVISORY FROM SEIU FLORIDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 Contact: Rebecca Wakefield, email@example.com, 305 804-7051 SEIU and Healthcare Activists Target “Coverage Gap” Voters in Republican Districts Tallahassee, FL – Utterly appalled by the Florida Legislature’s refusal to expand healthcare to eligible residents in their districts, SEIU Florida and its allies are reaching out directly toContinue reading “SEIU and Healthcare Activists Target “Coverage Gap” Voters in Republican Districts”
If you ever wonder whether we’re being heard when we, as healthcare professionals, go out there and advocate in Tallahassee, read this story.
A few clips from our Lobby Day trip. Wink News NPR Associated Press CBS4 Palm Beach Post
The legislative session has begun in Tallahassee and there are a number of important issues we will be following in the next two months. They include Medicaid expansion, pensions, Jackson funding, safe lift and staffing ratios bills and an effort to expand the scope of practice for nurse practioners.