On the same day Senate Republicans revealed their own disastrous version of healthcare repeal, SEIU Nevada members hit the streets and phone lines, calling on Senator Dean Heller to vote no against any legislation that takes Medicaid coverage away from seniors, people with disabilities and children.
At University Medical Center, dozens of healthcare and home care workers, along with community allies and leaders, marched together, speaking out about the impact of Medicaid in the lives of the patients they serve.
“As a nurse, this saddens me. I see first-hand how quality, affordable care benefits patients. If Medicaid goes away, where will our patients go?” said Michael Collins, RN at UMC. “Working at UMC, we’ve seen the emotional and financial costs that patients incur when they don’t have access to quality care and affordable health coverage.”
Recently, Senator Heller signaled that he supports ending Medicaid expansion, which would affect hundreds of thousands of Nevadans that rely on the program for quality care.
States like Nevada—which must balance budgets and already face fiscal pressures—will not be able to make up for the lost federal dollars and will be forced to deny care to some of our most vulnerable patients and clients.
“Whatever it takes, we have to make sure Senator Dean Heller does not eliminate Medicaid,” said state Senator Tick Segerblom.
Meanwhile, healthcare workers at three Dignity St. Rose Dominican hospitals are hitting the phones around the clock during their breaks to tell Senator Heller to #SaveMedicaid and that healthcare repeal leaves too many Nevadans vulnerable.
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