Health Care

Healthcare

Healthcare

The League’s Policy:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.

Focus:

  • To participate in LWVFL Healthcare Expansion Campaign supporting  health care for Florida’s working poor who now fall in the gap;
  • To explore partnering with local hospitals, chambers and businesses in advocacy efforts;
  • To expand work to include Mental Health studies.

Chair: Nancy Gau (561-439-4522, Jessiestar2@yahoo.com)

Meetings: See League Calendar.

Location: Home of Nancy Gau, 2082 Hermitage Dr., Wellington. FL.…

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PBC BOCC Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

PowerPoint Presentation:

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Hot Topic was indeed “HOT”!

Hot Topic was indeed “HOT”!

March 15, 2017 Hot Topic was indeed “HOT”!

By Ellen Norman and Nancy Gau

Karen Wilkerson, President of the LWV of PBC welcomed a well attended  Hot Topics Luncheon crowd on March 15.  News from the President:

  • A new Spanish-language directory of elected officials will be published.
  • Darlene Kostrub, Membership Chair,  was commended for the increase of 50 members last month and the more than 60 new members who will attend the April 1 New Member Orientation.
  • Debra Chandler has been appointed to the Citizens Review Committee for the Oversight of the Penny Sales Tax in Palm Beach County.
  • Fourteen League members from Palm Beach County are traveling to Tallahassee to lobby.
  • March 15 was designated as “Hear Our Voice Day,”  sponsored by the Women’s March Committee  and
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“We Are One” – The Voices of “I AM 1” Women

"We Are One" - The Voices of "I AM 1" Women

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Take Action: SAVE HEALTHCARE!

Take Action: SAVE HEALTHCARE!
Dear Friend—Take Action: Save Healthcare!
Legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was introduced this week by the leadership in the House of Representatives. And after an 18-hour marathon meeting, the bill cleared its first hurdle by passage in the Ways and Means Committee in the early hours of the morning.
This new bill, developed in secret and being rushed to passage, will rip apart our healthcare and revoke coverage for millions of Americans while raising costs for millions more. Tell your Representative that this is unacceptable.
 The “American Health Care Act” is un-American. It will increase costs for seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, while slashing assistance for lower-income households in obtaining coverage. It will also threaten the essential care that women need. In fact, the only real …
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Mark Pafford Video- Healthcare Issues

Mark Pafford Video- Healthcare Issues

Mark Pafford speaks to Healthcare Issues in Florida.

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March Hot Topics Luncheon

March Hot Topics Luncheon

MARCH HOT TOPICS LUNCHEONRita Thrasher

Updates on Mental Health Issues in Palm Beach County

Rita Thrasher, Chairman of PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health

Rita Thrasher is 1 of 4 citizens whose life has been affected by mental illness.
Rita is a retired reading teacher and mother of three daughters. After her youngest daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in middle school, she became a caregiver and researcher. This helped her manage the mental illness of her oldest daughter at age 29.

Both daughters are now deceased due to mental illness related causes and Rita has emerged as an impassioned, bold and brave community leader with a “loud voice” in advocating and rallying for increased awareness, understanding, acceptance and education to assist agencies and schools in Palm Beach County …

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Floridians for Reproductive Freedom New Roundup

Floridians for Reproductive Freedom New Roundup

The Floridians For Reproductive Freedom Weekly News Roundup – everything you want to know or ought to know about the latest happenings in the fight for abortion rights and reproductive justice in Florida. Send submissions for inclusion to jon@progressflorida.org. If you want to add a colleague, email their contact information to info@progressflorida.org.

News Roundup

Abortion legislation letting women sue doctors for physical, emotional harm clears House panel
By Michael Auslen
Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
Women who are injured or experience “emotional distress” after having an abortion could sue their doctors for up to 10 years after the procedure under legislation passed Thursday by a Florida House subcommittee.

 

The folly of defunding Planned Parenthood
Editorial
Tampa Bay Times
When Republicans in Congress vow to defund Planned Parenthood …

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POSITIVE NEWS FROM THE HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE

POSITIVE NEWS FROM THE HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE

POSITIVE NEWS FROM THE HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE
By Nancy Gau, Chair of Healthcare Committee

Bipartisan Victory
In case you missed it in the news this past fall, both the U.S. Senate and House overwhelmingly passed the 21 Century Cures Act (H.R.6). It was signed into law on Dec. 13, 2016.
This $6.3 billion measure is the product of years of healthcare policy debate and is a huge bipartisan victory for medical research.
More Funding for Cancer Research
Among many other things, this legislation will boost federal research efforts to combat cancer, including $1.8 billion in funding for Vice President Joe Biden’s “cancer moonshot” initiative. Biden, who lost his son to brain cancer in 2015, has spent the past year traveling to leading cancer centers in support of this bill,

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Health Care


The League’s Position.

Statement of Position on Public Policy on Reproductive Choices, as announced by LWV National Board, January 1983: The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.


LWVF Reproductive Health and Justice Committee.

Our Committee, chaired by Amy Weintraub of LWV St Pete Area, was formed in the fall of 2016 to advance the LWVUS’s Public Policy on Reproductive Choice in Florida. Currently, we are busy monitoring government entities and getting geared up for the 2017 Florida Legislative Session.


LWVF Kickoff 2017:

Powerful Leaders Demanding Action, January 27-28 in Orlando.

  • We are excited to participate in this state meeting of the League to be
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