HR 676 Reintroduced

April 24, 2013

On the national level: Rep. Conyers’ Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act (HR 676) was reintroduced a few weeks ago. Click here to find out if your representative has signed on. Urge them to do so if they have not (many previous cosponsors have not yet signed on since reintroduction). The Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

Albany Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 21st

April 24, 2013

Mark your calendar for our annual Albany Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 21st. Last year, with 100 participants and over 50 physicians and medical students, we doubled the number of Senate cosponsors for the New York Health bill. Join us this year to keep the momentum going! Vans will leave from Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Cars will leave from Westchester. If you are organizing carpools in upstate NY contact please send your contact information to

If you can help publicize this event, here is a flyer you can use: LobbyDay2013_Final

“Protect our Health, Not Their Wealth” Rally in Albany

April 24, 2013

spnyWednesday, March 20 – 60 people rallied in front of Albany Medical Center under the banner, “Protect OUR Health, Not THEIR Wealth.” Speakers and protesters called for “No Grand Bargain” – Hands off Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid,” “Scrap the Cap on Social Security,” “Oppose Privatization of our Public Hospitals and Nursing Homes,” and “Single Payer, Improved Medicare for All.”

A broad coalition representing nurses, physicians, medical students, labor unions, senior citizens, faith groups, grassroots organizations, and Occupy Albany – the driving force behind the event, joined the rally.

Sponsoring organizations:
New York State Nurses Association
Public Employees Federation
Physicians for a National Health Program – Student Chapter
Single Payer NY
Capital District .Area Labor Federation
Albany Central Federation of Labor
The Labor Religion Coalition
Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare
Statewide Senior Action
Citizen Action
Occupy Albany

Additional participating unions: AFGE, SEIU, NALC

April Single Payer Activist Connection Conference Call

April 15, 2013

Single Payer Activist Connection Conference Call

When: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
8:00 – 9:00 pm

Conference Dial-in number: 1-218-862-7200
Access Code: 103346

To mute and unmute your line, dial 4*

Building Momentum for Passage of NYS Health Bill and Preparations for May 21st Lobby Day – Laurie Wen, Executive Director, PNHP-Metro

Healthcare in the U.S: a Matter of Life or Debt: Katie Robbins, PNHP Metro and a representative from “Strike Debt”.