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ACA Repeal: Millions Will Lose Coverage, Hundreds of Thousands Will Lose Jobs

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From the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

ACA Repeal = Millions will lose coverage + Hundreds of thousands will lose jobs

Up to 3.7 million insured in California’s Medicaid expansion and a further 1.2 million Californians receiving subsidies to buy affordable health insurance in Covered California are at risk if current Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act are enacted, according to a set of new studies and county fact sheets from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Millions of Californians stand to lose from ACA repeal in some way — either through lost access to affordable coverage or to jobs created by health insurance expansion.

“Fallout from Republican changes to the health care system could be even more harmful if the administration changes the way Medi-Cal benefits are calculated or if coverage features are reduced,” said Miranda Dietz, researcher at the UC Berkeley Labor Center and lead author of one study.

Read the press release: Millions in California will lose coverage and hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost if ACA is repealed — new studies, county fact sheets

Read the publication: ACA Repeal in California: Who Stands to Lose?

 

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RN License Renewal and Fingerprinting: Are You BRN Compliant?

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You may think that you’ve already submitted fingerprints for your RN license renewal, but the BRN may still consider you noncompliant. There are several reasons for this, for example,

  • Your prints could not be read,
  • Your prints went to the Department of Justice, but not the FBI; and they need to go to both agencies, or
  • You did fingerprints for another license, but the prints did not cross over to your RN license renewal.

​Are you licensed before 6/6/08? If so, you should call the special number: (916) 515-5278 M/W/F from 0800-1200 or T/Th from 1300-1700 or email: BRNFingerprints@dca.ca.gov

Your license IS AT RISK, if you are one of the 50,000 RNs who the BRN still has listed as needing to submit fingerprints. Act now and make sure you are BRN license compliant.

Click here for a list of LiveScan locations near you.

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Honoring The Bravery Of Those Who Have Spoken Out

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SEIU stands in solidarity with janitors and building maintenance workers who have shown the courage to speak out against their ongoing abuse at the hands of coworkers, supervisors, and managers. We’re helping to eradicate workplace harassment and abusive behavior toward an extremely vulnerable population with legislation introduced by State Assembly Member Gonzales and his team of coauthors. Undocumented/low wage labor is prevalent and among the most vulnerable in our building/property services workers. These men and women are frequently targeted for harassment, exploitation, and assault (sexual and otherwise). Especially vulnerable to attack during night-shift hours in office buildings, private practice commercial buildings and otherwise unsupervised locations. Victims are subjected to unthinkable indignities and have little voice or recourse, their attackers knowing this often use paycheck  manipulation other extortion like threats in order to keep their victims from speaking out.

We and SEIU Nurse Alliance of California add our voices of support for AB1978 which essentially requires employers, supervisors and managers to educate themselves on this issue and demonstrate preventative effort. According to the California Legislative Information website this Assembly Bill is an important effort to “…establish specific standards and protections for property service workers…” as spelled out in the legislative council’s digest section of the website at: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1978

Nurses in their daily practice, have unique access to victims of abuse and can help expose the perpetrators of workplace abuse by remaining on the lookout for bruises, suspicious bleeding and other signs of bodily harm that isn’t consistent with a patient’s story of how such injuries were inflicted. Patient advocacy goes deeper than just treating an injury. Information gathered at the point of treatment can empower nurses to support the justice process. Legislation such as AB1978 provides a framework for empowering people to assert their rights and access to justice in the workplace.

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Luisa Blue, SEIU’s newly elected Exec. VP

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Congratulations are definitely in order for Luisa Blue who was not only recently elected Executive VP, she is also to be acknowledged as a strong voice for healthcare workers across CA and our Nation. Luisa was part of creating national legislation for BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and she also helped to create the NURSE RATIOS in CA. Luisa also founded APALA (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance). She has stern words for a presidential candidate who demonstrates ignorance and racism in pursuit of The Oval Office, and speaks out in favor of those who demonstrate leadership and understanding for those who stand in support of working families.

The SEIU.ORG press release on May 22, 2016 highlighted the re-election of Mary Kay Henry as president, along with her board. Our sister in Local 521, Luisa Blue is featured in the press release as Executive Vice President elect with the following bio:

“Luisa Blue has dedicated the last four decades of her life to organizing and advocating for workers’ rights through the union. She previously served as the Chief Elected Officer of the SEIU Local 521 representing over 55,000 public service workers who provide vital community services from the Silicon Valley, down the Monterey-Santa Cruz Coast and into California’s Central Valley.  In 1977, she worked as an RN at San Francisco General Hospital and joined the union where she become more empowered and active and helped organize a successful campaign that improved collective bargaining rights for county registered nurses. Luisa expanded the fight to unite nurses on a national level as a founding member of the SEIU Nurse Alliance. She has also served on the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Executive Board and served two terms as their national president. She continues to lead in the advancement of AAPI worker’s rights, civil rights and economic justice.”

SEIU Nurse Alliance of California sincerely appreciates what Luisa has done for the sake of standing firmly united for justice in the workplace and beyond. Congratulations, Luisa, we stand with you!

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