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Title: Healthcare is a Human Right! Maryland Campaign 2012

Healthcare is a Human Right! Maryland Campaign
  • Eric Naumburg, M.D., M.P.H
  • PNHP Maryland
  • Healtcare-Now! Maryland

Maryland Demographics
  • Population 5.8 Million
  • Median Income 3rd highest
  • Blue State
  • Government Workers (Federal, State)
  • Diverse Population
  • Wide variation in medical outcomes

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Current Population Survey (Census Bureau), data
supplied by Physicians for a National Health
Maryland Uninsured 2011
  • 802,000 (Current Population Survey)
  • 13.8 of total population
  • Estimated deaths 800 (9th leading cause)
  • 2007 Reforms fail lower uninsured

Maryland Private Health Insurance Market Percent
of Total Premiums in 2008
  • Carefirst - 54
  • Aetna - 15.6
  • Cigna - 13.7
  • Kaiser - 8.1

Maryland Health Security Act
  • Canadian Style Single-Payer System
  • Introduced 4 years
  • Number of co-sponsors stable
  • 2010 closest to getting out of committee
  • Reached a plateau of support

Financing the Maryland Health Secuity
Act Gerald Friedman, Ph.D. February 2012
  • Ideal System incorporate all government programs
    folded in
  • 24 Savings Possible Current System
  • Insures Everyone Save 15 (7 Billion) 1st year
  • Excellent Benefits Package -dental, Rx, vision,
    mental health/addiction, home health, etc. no
    expansion of long-term care.

Time for a Change
  • Lobbying by itself is not working
  • Human Rights Approach (Vermont)
  • Save our money and hire a full-time community
  • Strategic Alliance Formed of 3 Groups

  • The United Workers is a human rights organization
    led by low-wage workers.
  • Founded 2002 Eutaw Street Shelter
  • Living Wage Stadium Workers 2007
  • Declared Human Rights Zone Baltimore Inner Harbor
  • Fair Development and GGP
  • 501c3 corporation

  • Revitalized 2008
  • Maryland Health Security Act
  • Lobbying State Legislature
  • Economic Impact Study
  • Fundraising

Healthcare-Now! Maryland
  • 1992 United Healthcare Action Network (UHCAN)
    formed loose alliance, national focus. Citizens
  • 1994 Wellpoint attempts to buy non-profit
    Carefirst BC/BS of Maryland and fails UHCAN
    opposes buyout.
  • Name changed to HCN result of split (SP vs.
    Incremental), RWJ Grant
  • State Mandated Audit Reveals Carefirst databases
    deny 20 to 29 clean claims (2007) a result of
    the buyout opposition.
  • 2010 Becomes chapter of Healthcare-Now!, a
  • Works closely with Maryland Chapter PNHP

  • NESRI - National Economic Social Rights
    Initiative partnership approach to local groups
    4 areas of emphasis education, health,housing,
    work with dignity
  • Vermont Workers Center

Memorandum of Understanding
  • HCN, PNHP and UW share a vision for health care
    as a human right, provided as a public good by a
    publicly funded and administered single payer
    health care system. HCN, PNHP and UW are coming
    together to create a broad-based grassroots
    movement as the foundation for achieving this
    vision in Maryland.

MOU Structure of Document
  • Parties to the MOU
  • Purpose
  • Statement of Mutual Benefit
  • Interim Governance Structure
  • Responsibilities of Parties
  • Information and Data Sharing
  • Funding and Cost Allocation
  • Dispute Resolution

Human Rights Principles
  • Universality Public policies must ensure that
    everyones human rights are protected and their
    fundamental needs met. Everyone is included.
  • Equity Public policies must enable equality of
    opportunity and outcome with regard to protecting
    human rights and meeting human needs. Everyone
    contributes what they can and gets what they
  • Public Goods The services, goods and
    infrastructure necessary to realize human rights
    and meet human needs must be treated as public
    goods, not as commodities. Public goods belong to
  • Participation (Power/Accountability) Policies
    must be accountable and ensure the participation
    and power of the people. Everyone is empowered to
    participate and to hold public and private
    sectors accountable.

Objectives for Campaign
  • Independent HCHR Movement
  • Statewide Grassroots Organizing Campaign
  • One or more Regional Committees in all 23
    counties and Baltimore City
  • Hire Full Time Community Organizer - Done
  • Report based on surveys (NESRI) in 2013
  • Leadership Training Curriculum
  • De-emphasize Legislative Lobbying 1st yr.

Campaign Activities
  • Canvassing survey and photo petition
  • One-on-one conversations
  • Building Regional Committees
  • Story Telling Tools
  • Outreach events - Kickoff Dec. 15th
  • Local Human Rights Forums
  • Speakers Bureau

Committees to be Formed
  • Policy
  • Media
  • Organizing and Education
  • Fund Raising
  • Permanent Governance Structure

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