Health Care

Tue Sep 23, 2014

The morning after an assembly in which hundreds of San Fernando Valley leaders of One LA leveraged commitments from District 3 candidates to ensure sufficient funding for the ‘My Health LA’ program, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to invest $6 Million inadditional dollars for the program.

One LA estimates that the added funding will expand coverage by 35 to 40 thousand individuals.  This victory comes months after the organization identified millions of County dollarsthat could be used to cover more uninsured people, including undocumented County residents.

One LA leaders and allies were on hand for the vote.

LA County Supervisor Rivals Sheila Kuehl Bobby Shriver Debate TonightLA Times

LA County’s Top Health Official Shows Compassionate SideLA Daily News

One LA Urges Supervisors to Cover the UninsuredAngelus – The Tidings Online

Additional background informationWXSWIAF

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Tue May 6, 2014

Testifying before the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, COPA leader Elsa Quezada called for a County strategy to educate undocumented and uninsured Monterey residents about newly available healthcare services.  ”They are our neighbors, our friends, they go to church with us, they join us at the park, the rodeo…their children go to school with our children,” she argued.

At COPA’s urging, the Board approved the creation of a strategic plan and simplified “access point document” to better spread the word about healthcare access to the uninsured; both are to be produced within 90 days.

Study: Undocumented Rarely Visit DoctorsThe Californian

Buscan Servicios de SaludUnivision Monterey-Salinas Channel 67

Sat Feb 1, 2014

Since last year’s victory in busting through political blockage to resurrect the Low Income Health Plan, Viacare, over 3,000 Monterey County residents have enrolled, doubling last year’s projections.  In addition to this, and in partnership with the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, COPA institutions reached over 2500 people through civic academies about the Affordable Care Act.  [Photo Credit: Nic Coury, Monterey County Weekly]

County Extends Health Insurance Bridge Program, Obamacare Enrollment Kicks InMonterey County Weekly

COPA leaders celebrate doubling of healthcare insurance enrollment numbers.
COPA leaders celebrate doubling of healthcare insurance enrollment numbers.
Fri Jun 14, 2013

Seven moderate Republicans broke ranks during a late night vote, ushering Medicaid expansion into Arizona and expanding access to 300,000 vulnerable poor.  This followed a VIP assembly in which 800 leaders applauded state Senators, Representatives and Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer for supporting expansion.  Additional press here.  [Photo by David Jolkovski,Ahwatukee Foothills News]

Tue Feb 19, 2013

One LA leaders fought for and won “Community Partner Status” with the LA County Department of Health Services, granting it direct access to the county enrollment system.  Now 50 leaders will train to become ‘Certified Application Assisters’, with the power to directly enroll people through the County computer system at 25 One LA mobile enrollment events at member institutions.  They will be supported 30 leaders at each institution trained as ‘healthcare experts,’ who will educate and recruit people to attend their institiution’s events. The goal is to enroll thousands of eligible LA residents.

Wed Jan 16, 2013


When COPA leaders discovered a lapsed initiative to provide healthcare to low-income adults in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, leaders organized an assembly with seven out of the ten county supervisors and leveraged commitments to bust through the political blockage.  Congregational and labor leaders soon rejoiced when the Monterey Board of Supervisors voted to implement the Low Income Health Care Plan (LIHP) and extend healthcare coverage to as many as 1,500 additional adults.  

Thu Aug 2, 2012

The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, a lead group inside the coalition that passed Massachusetts' 2006 universal health care law, has made health care history again by organizing overwhelming public support for a new law that will contain the growth of medical costs.  This legislation, like the universal health care law itself, will likely become a model for national reform.  

Wed Feb 22, 2012

Common Ground, a coalition of religious groups and other organizations, has been awarded a $56.4 million federal loan to start a nonprofit health insurer that would be run by its members.

The money is part of $3.8 billion included federal health care reform to help start nonprofit health insurers, similar to cooperatives, to compete in the market for individuals and small businesses.

The loans are to help the nonprofit health insurers - referred to as CO-OPs, for Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans - with start-up costs and to meet requirements that insurers maintain minimum reserves to pay claims.

Thu Aug 11, 2011

Tananya Henry of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization cheers the hard work that led to the Massachusetts health reform law -- which has since provided health insurance coverage to nearly 1/2 million people all across the state, including many member of her own Roxbury church.

Wed Jun 15, 2011

As a result of house meetings with over 3,000 people from 35 institutions, DAI leaders created the Durable Medical Equipment Exchange to accept, repair, sanitize, and redistribute durable medical equipment such as walkers, hospital beds, wheel chairs, etc.

This equipment is needed by 25 to 50,000 people a year in Dallas County.


Wed Jun 15, 2011

After a prolonged fight on behalf of expectant mothers who had to travel 45 miles to Marshalltown or Des Moines for affordable prenatal healthcar, AMOS leaders succeeded in establishing a free pre-natal care clinic for the uninsured women.  The ambulatory clinic will be staffed with volunteer medical personnel and focus on neighborhoods with the least access to affordable healthcare.  Said CCHD Director Ralph McCLoud: "AMOS saves lives by ensuring that pregnant mothers have proper prenatal care."


Wed Jul 26, 2017

On July 10th Lake County United leaders turned out and voted at the Warren Township Special meeting in favor of the Township selling 19 acres of vacant land, which allows Lake County United to pursue a plan to build 150 units of affordable housing.

Wed Jul 26, 2017

After two years of fighting for better living conditions, residents of the Northwest Park apartment complex in Silver Spring celebrated the beginning of the replacement of 4,100 windows in the 75-building complex.

Action in Montgomery and the property’s mostly immigrant tenants won a $2 million agreement with property management to replace the windows due to toxic mold issues that have caused asthma in some of the tenants’ children. The project will take four years to complete.

[Photo Credit: Sasha-Ann Simons / WAMU]

Thu May 11, 2017
In May AIM won an additional $59 Million for affordable housing, bringing AIM’s total to $600 Million over the past 15 years!  The funding will provide rental assistance, end chronic homelessness in the county, and provide funding for affordable housing development. AIM has been fighting consistently and persistently for affordable housing since 2002, when it successfully pushed for the first significant funding in the Housing Initiative Fund.
Expansion of After School Programming:
Through a sustained effort that brought together leaders of AIM congregations, principals, teachers, and Recreation staff, AIM won free, high quality after school care in two high poverty elementary schools in the 2016-17 school year. Dream Academy kicked off this February and ran until June, providing 240 students with after school academic enrichment, recreation time, a nutritious meal, and AIM-facilitated parent organizing and engagement.   AIM is now celebrating another victory, the expansion of Dream Academy to a total of four schools in the new financial year, and the expansion of the program from four days a week to five, and is equipped to serve 480 students next year.
Dream Academy has already made a difference in the communities where it operates. As part of the campaign to win this expansion, students and parents testified about the program in front of the county council. One mother spoke of the impact Dream Academy has had on her son’s grades and behavior in school saying, “The extra hour of academic support gives my son and other students the opportunity to fully learn concepts from the normal school day…I really do appreciate his teacher and the administration for supporting my son, but Dream Academy, I mean it, is something special. The academic enrichment my son receives is very impactful… He really really loves Dream Academy so much, there is no day he doesn’t tell me he is looking forward to it.” 

Tue Apr 25, 2017

WIN leaders packed local community meetings and a board of zoning hearing winning approval for the construction of 3 “short term housing” facilities (a more dignified term than family shelter).  On Wednesday April 5th, the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment unanimously voted to approve the zoning variances and exceptions for the construction of short term family housing in wards 3 and 5! This vote is a major milestone in the effort to close the dilapidated DC General Family Shelter, and helps the city to more equally share the responsibility for caring for the most vulnerable among us. With this vote, zoning has been approved in all six facilities going under construction, and the next step forward is breaking ground!


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