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Over the next few weeks, the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation website will be undergoing some updates and changes. You'll be able to find the latest information about HCACF activities, education and research. And the site will have a new look and feel that will make it easier to find everything you need to know about our work to educate Coloradans about a health care system financed by a public, universal, single-payer plan.
So, stay tuned and let us know if you see things that need more work or if you don't see things that would be helpful.
Onward to single-payer and to a system that provides a single standard of high quality care for all without financial barrier.
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"Waste, Fraud and Abuse"
On October 29, HCACF Vice President Vince Markovchick, MD, presented to a class of 300about the massive "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" in our health care system and how single-payer, improved and expanded Medicare for all for life would address those issues.
The class is taught by Governor Richard Lamm who is co-director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Markovchick worked as the director of emergency medicine for Denver Health for many years and also is a professor emeritus of emergency medicine for the University of Colorado.
In Memory of Dr. Gary Parks,
Our Single-Payer Friend and Advocate
Dr. Gary Lee Parks, 64, of Pueblo, passed away on Wed. Sept. 3, 2014, after battling a rare cancer. He was at home with his family by his side.
Gary was born December 25, 1949 in Lindsborg, Kansas, to James and Betty (Johnson) Parks. A proud University of Kansas graduate of both English and medicine, Gary retained his love for all things Jayhawk, including his wife of 41 years, Pamela. She was his partner in traveling, sailing, sharing great food, better wine, game nights, beating everyone in trivia and showing their children, Eric (Rachel), Ann, and Bethany, how to spoil their grandchildren (Aurora, Ben and Nellie.) Gary’s individual interests included painting quietly, loud music and louder karaoke, and simultaneously golfing and cursing. Forever a student of the world, Gary was never without a new book, from classic literature to modern satire.
He supported many local interests: Pueblo City-county Library, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Healthcare for All Colorado, Steel City Artworks, Pueblo creative corridor, and ReVolt. He would encourage you to do so as well. You may find the link for donating in Gary's memory by clicking here: Memorial and Honor Giving to HCACF.
Making and Taking Power for the Single-Payer Movement
From Maine to Hawaii and from Washington State to Texas, single-payer -- improved and expanded Medicare for all for life -- activists and advocates came together in Oakland, CA, last weekend.
More than 300 strong, participants represented the three organizations that came together to plan the conference-- Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare, Healthcare-Now, and One Payer States. State single-payer activists from the Campaign for a Healthy California hosted the three-day gathering, and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU, Local 6) generously supported the conference.
The Health Care for All Colorado Foundation supports achieving health care justice and equality through an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life model. The Health Care for All Colorado Foundation provides education and research support for achievement of a truly universal, public, single-payer plan that covers everyone without financial barrier.
As we watch the beginnings of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), we know there will be many who are left without access to needed care or the coverage to secure that care. Current estimates are that even after ACA implementation, 400,000 Coloradans will remain uninsured. Many thousands more in Colorado will be underinsured and ill-prepared for an illness or injury as bare-bones policies that meet the minimum requirements of the new federal reform may not supply adequate coverage.
We invite you to be a part of our efforts.
Additional information about the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation
Health Care for All Colorado Foundation is the education and research sister to the HCAC advocacy organization. Founded in 2003, it addresses the need for creating and disseminating accurate information about health care reform.As a 501c3 organization, the HCAC Foundation allows contributors to make tax deductible donations and become engines of a most worthy cause--quality, accessible health care for all Coloradans.
The Foundation Board is made up of concerned citizens dedicated to making sure that every Coloradan is informed about the healthcare options available now and possibly in the future.
The Health Care for All Colorado Foundation is an IRS-certified 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Please consider supporting our mission. Correspondence and donations by mail may be sent to:
Health Care for All Colorado Foundation
789 Sherman Street, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80203
Or click here to donate online.