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How to Contact Your Elected Officials

Federal

Call your US Congressmen:

202-224-3121

The federal bill for Medicare for all is H.R. 676

Look up who your US Congressmen and US Senator here:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

State

Call your State Representative:

617-722-2000

Call your State Senator:

617-722-1500

The state bills for Medicare for All:

Senate
S.579: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/Senate/S579

House
H.1026: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1026

Look up who your State Rep. and Senator are here:

http://www.wheredoivotema.com

Talking Points:

1. 272,000 Massachusetts residents lacked health insurance in 2012, 4.1% of the population. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

2. About 300 adults die from lack of health insurance coverage annually in the state. (Annals of Internal Medicine  2014;160:585 & American Journal of Public Health 2009;99:2289).

3. At least 530,000 Massachusetts residents under age 65 are under-insured, meaning they have coverage, but still devote a large share of income to cover costs including copayments and deductibles. Many more lack adequate coverage for long-term care or mental health services. For 618,000 with private coverage, their premiums are so high that they’re unaffordable, according to federal guidelines. (Commonwealth Fund 2014)

4. Massachusetts’ per capita health costs are about 30% above the national average and continue to rise.  Between 2009 and 2011 private insurance premiums in Massachusetts increased 9.7% despite a 5.1% fall in benefit levels – effectively a 14.8% cost increase. (CMS Office of the Actuary & Mass. Center for Health Info. and Analysis)

5. Federal, state and local governments already pay about 64% of all health costs in Massachusetts, which totals about $8,500 per resident in 2014.  This figure includes health benefits for public employees and tax subsidies for private insurance, as well as government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. That’s more than total (public + private) health spending in any other nation. (Health Affairs, 2002;21(4):88 – updated by the authors)

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Mass-Care Handouts & Sign-Up Sheets

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Massachusetts Single Payer 101 Training

This is an interactive training designed to introduce groups to the problems with Massachusetts health care – including its high costs and poor outcomes – and to understand how a single payer health care system addresses those problems while other reforms have failed.

You can download the presentation as a PowerPoint Slideshow or a PDF File, or press the play button (?) below to listen to audio of Mass-Care’s Executive Director delivering the training (don’t flip to the next slides on your own if you are listening to audio – the slides will advance on their own as the presentation advances).

Single Payer 101 Training

Single Payer 101 Training: Trial with Quiz

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Presentation on Medicare Reform and Single Payer

Democratic proposals for Medicare reform would preserve Medicare benefits, but the program will run out of funds in less than a decade, while Republican proposals would deeply slash benefit coverage, shifting costs off of the federal budget but onto seniors. The truth? Medicare is just another, slightly more cost-efficient payer in an unsustainable health care system, and without single payer it is just as unsustainable as private health insurance.

Download this presentation as a Powerpoint Slideshow, as a PDF file, or press the play button (►) below to listen to audio of Mass-Care’s Executive Director delivering the presentation (don’t flip to the next slides on your own if you are listening to audio – the slides will advance on their own as the presentation advances).

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Resources for Winning Local Ballot Initiatives

Mass-Care activists have placed non-binding single payer referendum questions on the ballot in over 34 districts dating back to 1994. Local ballot initiatives are an effective way to target individual legislators and convey the level of support for an issue in their district.

Local ballot questions are known as “Public Policy Questions” in Massachusetts, and the Secretary of the Commonwealth provides instructions on getting question language vetted, and ballot forms printed.

Below are resources Mass-Care developed in 2008 and 2010 for local activists running ballot initiative campaigns:

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