Legislators joined healthcare workers to protect county safety net

Senator Jim Beall and Assemblyman Paul Fong with rehab patients

Senator Jim Beall and Assemblyman Paul Fong with rehab patients

SEIU 521 healthcare workers partnered with Santa Clara County to coordinate a hospital walk-through for local and state legislators Friday, June 7, so that the elected leaders could see first hand the vital services a public safety net hospital delivers to the community.

As President Obama was in San Jose to promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA), State Senator Jim Beall, Assemblyman Paul Fong, and City of Campbell Mayor Evan Low visited Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) and called on Governor Brown not to strip critical funding from the county healthcare system.

Read the legislators’ letter to Obama (PDF)

Trudy Johnson, Chief Nursing Officer, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center lead the hospital tour, stopping at the Department of Rehabilitation, Burn Unit and Trauma where participants learned about the array of care VMC provides.

A select group of media were on hand and interviewed county healthcare worker Rosemary Romo who related the story of how the hospital saved her son Victor’s life a couple of years ago.

“Victor did not have health insurance at the time, and thank God this safety net hospital was here for him,” Romo told the legislators.

What’s next?

On Wednesday, June 12 we are going to Sacramento to make sure every Californian has access to healthcare. Call your local office to join us!
We need to expand and improve healthcare access for everyone and protect the county safety net funding.

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Who is the Protect the Healthcare Safety Net coalition?

As Sacramento debates how to get California ready to implement the Affordable Care Act in 2014, SEIU members have joined forces with key allies to speak with one voice: Protect local health care safety nets that are a critical resource for everyone in our community.

Protect the Health Care Safety Net CoalitionThe Protect the Health Care Safety Net coalition comprises labor, county supervisors, public hospital systems, community clinics, public health and consumer advocates, and other health care providers.

Read our coalition letter (PDF).

Our goal is to make sure the state maximizes opportunities to cover uninsured Californians while also strengthening the health care safety net.

Our coalition opposes Gov. Brown’s plan to redirect county health care funding which would significantly erode county public health care programs and services.

Read our press release.

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