By Empowering Women in Decision-Making
and Eliminating Poverty

 

Overview

Millenium Development Goals

US Health Care Concerns:

  • Lack of Health Insurance:
    • According to the US Department of Health & Human Services (http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/health-insurance-women.cfm), “more than 17 million women (nearly one in five) age 18 to 64 are uninsured in the United States. As health insurance costs soar, employers cut benefits, or jobs disappear, millions of people slip through the cracks and lose their coverage. These are working Americans who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but don’t have enough money to buy health insurance. Also, women are twice as likely as men to be insured as a “dependent” on a spouse’s plan. So, she risks losing coverage if she divorces, is widowed, or if her spouse loses his job.”

“Uninsured women are more likely to suffer serious health problems. They tend to wait too long to seek treatment, and many don’t fill needed prescription drugs because of cost. Also many don’t get preventive care, including lifesaving screening tests such as mammograms and Pap tests. The lack of health insurance can even be deadly as research has shown that uninsured adults are more likely to die earlier than those who have insurance.

  • Abortion Rights & Reproductive Justice:
    • Violence Against Abortion Providers: On May, 31, 2009, Dr. George Tiller, M.D., was shot and killed by an anti-abortion terrorist while ushering at his church. The National Abortion Federation has compiled a report on violence against abortion providers: http://www.prochoice.org/about_abortion/violence/history_violence.html
    • Lack of Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women : Low-income and poor women not only lack health insurance in many cases, but even those who qualify for Medicaid (one in ten women) are sometimes unable to receive coverage for elective abortions. For example, current, federal law prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest or life endangerment. However, states may choose to use state funds to cover abortion. All but 17 states place some restrictions on the use of state funds for abortion. For more information, see http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/companion.asp?id=18&compID=64  and http://www.prochoice.org/about_abortion/facts/public_funding.html.

Global Health Care Concerns more details

Initiatives

2009 GA Action of Immediate Witness
An Action of Immediate Witness advocating a single payor health care system for the US is planned for General Assembly 2009. For more information, contact George Pauk, gpauk@earthlink.net.
For more information about issues relating to single payor health care systems and health care reform, here are a few links:

 

UU Legislative Ministry in California has initiated a UU Voices for Healthcare Project

The UU Legislative Ministry in California has initiated a UU Voices for Healthcare Project; This project has a national as well as California focus.  The UULMC has developed a curriculum on health care reform, hosts a bi-weekly conference call, and provides background information and talking points related to health care reform.  In addition, they have co-sponsored “Unity Dialogues” on the topic of health care reform with those of differing opinions. See: http://www.uulmca.org/programs/health.html . I’ve emailed to get more info on the curriculum, and I’ll share what I find out at our breakfast meeting.

Express your opinion/follow developments related to US Health Care Reform/Single Payor Legislation:

Resources

Organizations
UUA

Public Health

Disaster Preparedness/Response

Reproductive Rights/Women’s Health

US Health Care Reform Advocacy Organizations:

International
UUA

Public Health

Medical Care Delivery

Torture—Medical and mental health care for victims

Reproductive Rights/Women’s Health

Summary of Global Sisters Plans

  • Align with existing organizations, projects and partnerships in this area:
    • Planned Parenthood (local, national, international),
    • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    • Clergy for Choice
  • Train in community organizing (CBCO’s) toward helping create and establish direct affordable medical services such as school-based clinics and village clinics for women and children
  • Engage in political advocacy and feedback on health care reform, health education, insurance reform
  • Increase use of and awareness of education:
    • Health education in schools
    • OWL in congregations/communities
    • train OWL leaders
    • international health care education programs