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The Affordable Care Act Is Saving Lives – Now It’s Time to Save It

The Affordable Care Act Is Saving Lives – Now It’s Time to Save It

by Pablo Ros, AFSCME, February 174, 2017 When politicians talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they do so as if they didn’t realize that the welfare of millions of people is at stake. Obamacare, as the law is also known, has helped up to 30 million Americans afford health insurance. And it has saved countless lives. Terry Walker-Dampier was born with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. She lives in constant pain. She has suffered chronic back pain for most of her life with […]

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No Caps on Care

No Caps on Care

Frequently Asked Questions about ACA and Medicaid We’ve all heard a lot of talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act lately. But did you know Medicaid is also on the chopping block? Congressional Republicans have long talked about changing Medicaid, and any changes to Medicaid will impact IHSS providers and home care recipients. Here are some common questions and answers to help make sense of what’s going with our health care and home care. What is Medicaid? Medicaid, which is called Medi-Cal in California, is an entitlement program that provides health coverage for millions of low-income Americans – including children, […]

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UDW caregivers rally in Placer County to protect our health care

UDW caregivers rally in Placer County to protect our health care

“I was so proud to be an American,” said Vicky Coursey, an IHSS provider and UDW member from Placer County. Vicky was one of 34 UDW caregivers who tried to attend a town hall meeting with Congressman Tom McClintock that instead became a powerful rally to protect our health care, home care, and more. “It made me proud to say that this is what democracy is all about,” said Vicky. “If we disagree, we can speak out.” Despite reports of possible empty seats in the town hall, most of the crowd was not allowed in. Instead, we rallied together outside […]

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FREE tax prep & money back in your family’s pockets

FREE tax prep & money back in your family’s pockets

The deadline to file our IRS tax returns is Tuesday, April 18th. This tax season, don’t let filing your returns be a hassle – instead take advantage of ways to keep money in your pockets and get your hard earned money back. If your household income was less than $54,000 in 2016, you can have your taxes filed for free. Go to www.caleitc4me.org/get-it to find a free tax prep location near you. The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) puts money back into the hands of the state’s lowest income families. Last year, approximately 385,000 families received nearly $200 million […]

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Fight, Protect, Win: Our Legislative Priorities in 2017

Fight, Protect, Win: Our Legislative Priorities in 2017

With a new president in office and a new administration at work, changes are coming that will affect IHSS providers, our clients, our families, and our communities. This year, UDW caregivers face challenges in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Protecting health care and home care, our children, our paychecks, and keeping people with disabilities safe are all top priorities for our union. Here’s a closer look at our legislative priorities in 2017: Protecting—not repealing—our health care Tens of thousands of IHSS providers get our health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (also called ACA or Obamacare). As Congress works to roll […]

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