Health Care Advocacy and Organizing Training
4 – 7 PM PDT / 7 – 10 PM EDT
OPS Office Hours has three goals:
- Share knowledge about how a single payer health care system works.
- Share knowledge about the health care advocacy skills to help us achieve it.
- Build relationships and networking.
Whenever we offer multiple topics, we expect to offer one that is a basic introduction to how a universal, publicly-funded health care system works, so there is always room for beginners. We will look at it from a variety of angles, so it is OK to keep coming back until you are comfortable with it.
For July 28, we offer three topics, one after the other.
4:15 p.m. PT: Single Payer 101: The Complicated Path Through Healthcare
Ashwin Shetty, a medical student at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine-New Orleans and co-president of his school’s chapter of Students for a National Health Program, is presenting this introduction from a young adult’s perspective. What are deductibles, copays, and coinsurance? How do you decide what insurance plan is best for you? Then we will talk about how the experience in the U.S. differs from the rest of the developed world, where most people have no deductibles, many have no co-pays, and none of them go bankrupt due to medical bills.
We will start with a 20 minute presentation in the main room. After that, if there are more than 12 people, we will divide into breakout rooms for questions and answers. So when you register, please tell us which topics you plan to attend, so we can be sure to have enough volunteers in the breakout rooms to answer your questions!
We won’t be offering individualized attention on other topics until after those attending the first session go to the breakout rooms. Ideally those seeking specialized help will arrive between 4:45 and 5, to talk with Mike and get a volunteer and a breakout room assigned to them. But after 5 PM, new people arriving can put their requests in the chat bar when they enter OPS Office Hours.
5:00 p.m. PT: Emergency! HR 6906 and 5010.
Peter Shapiro, who serves as delegate of the California Alliance for Retired Americans on the Alameda Labor Council as well on the One Payer States Policy Work Group, will give a brief overview of the challenges COVID-19 has presented to how we finance and deliver health care in the U.S. Then we will talk about what HR 6906 would do. This is the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act, which expands Medicare in the short term, just until we have an FDA-approved vaccine that is widely available.
In addition we will briefly explain how HR 5010 would give states the opportunity and support to create state-based health care systems, to ensure our dollars intended for health care go to health care instead of administrative waste, and to ensure states can move resources around as needs arise. This will be a presentation in the main room, and then around 5:20 or 5:30 people will go to breakout rooms for questions and answers and to talk about how to advocate for HR 6906 and 5010.
5:45 p.m. PT: Building the Movement for Health Care Advocacy.
Rev. Sandy Strauss will speak about reaching out to faith-based communities. Her work as the Director of Advocacy and Ecumenical Outreach for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches includes informing, educating and empowering people of faith on significant public issues, as well as facilitating relationships with those who share common missions. We look forward to hearing how we can identify common ground and work with faith communities, whose work was so important in the civil rights movement.
After Sandy speaks and answers questions, we expect people to go to breakout rooms to discuss specific actions they can take to diversify our movement, following up on her presentation. Each group will choose a “reporter,” to report back in the main room.
There may be time to network as well, after the breakout rooms.
All done at 7 PM PT!
But, of course, no one is expected to stay the whole three hours. Come as you wish, and leave when you like.
Arrival, and customized help
3:45 p.m. PT: The doors open, and people attending the first session are encouraged to sign in, so we can help folks get their name and state typed on their video feed. We will also give instruction on how to raise your hand and to use chat and breakout rooms for those who haven’t used those before, and you will get a chance to meet each other. People who are not attending the first session are asked to wait to arrive until after 4:45 p.m. PT.
There will be no other topics offered and no customized help for health care advocacy until after 4:45. After 4:45, you can type MIKE in the chat bar and tell him what it is you’d like help with. He’ll try to match you up with a volunteer and put you in a breakout room. It would help to email Mike before 2 p.m. PT July 28 to tell him what you’d like help with. His email address will be in the registration confirmation, or you can email WAITTVT@gmail.com. He isn’t likely to see emails after 3:30 p.m. that day.
Depending on numbers, we may juggle around what happens in the main room VS the breakout rooms, but here is what we are expecting right now.
- 3:45 p.m. PT: Doors open.
- 4:00 p.m. PT: Introductions, clarifications.
- 4:15 p.m. PT: Single Payer 101: How does insurance work? In the main room.
- 4:35 or 4:40 p.m.PT: SP 101 goes to breakout rooms.
- 5:00 p.m. PT: Emergency! HR 6906 and 5010. In the main room.
- 5:20 p.m. PT: Emergency! Goes to breakout rooms.
- 5:45 p.m. PT: Building a Movement
- ~6:15 p.m. PT: Breakout groups, with “reporters”.
- 6:45 p.m. PT: Report back to the main room.
- 7:00 p.m. PT: All done!
Registration and confirmation
Please register for the July 28 OPS Office Hours as soon as possible, so you don’t forget until the last minute. https://us02web.zoom.us/meetin
When you register, please let us know which sessions you plan to attend, to help us plan the number of volunteers we need for small group discussions. If you plan to attend Emergency!, please let us know which bill interests you more, HR 6906 (uses Medicare to pay deductibles and copays for everyone, including those with private insurance) or HR 5010 (helps states create their own systems) so Mike can assign you to an appropriate breakout room.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
When you get your confirmation, we suggest you put the zoom link right in your calendar, so it is easy to find on July 28.
Keep an eye out for our August 11 and August 25 events. On August 11:
- Willie Fleming, founder of the International Minority Coalition of North Carolina, will lead the section on Building the Movement at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET
- Brianna Mahnke, SNaHP member and medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine, will give the Single Payer 101 talk on “US Health Insurance and Single-Payer: The Basics” at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET.
Hope to see you soon!
Chair, OPS Education and Advocacy Work Group