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SEIU-UHW enrolls 11,000 Californians in health coverage

[April 2, 2014] LOS ANGELES – A union of healthcare workers in California enrolled more than 11,000 community members in Medi-Cal and Covered California during the open enrollment period, one of the highest totals of any organization in the state, …

UHW surpasses signatures needed to qualify hospital initiatives for ballot

[March 25, 2014] OAKLAND, Calif. – After just two months of talking with California voters outside coffee shops and grocery stores, a union of healthcare workers has surpassed the number of signatures needed to qualify two statewide initiatives for the …

UHW airs new TV ad in Alameda County supporting lower healthcare costs

[March 18, 2014] PLEASANTON, Calif. – Healthcare workers continued their public awareness campaign about excessive pricing and executive compensation in California hospitals with new cable television ads that will air for two weeks in Alameda County. The 30-second ad spotlights …

Six grassroots groups endorse ballot initiatives to lower hospital prices

[March 13, 2014] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Concern about the rising cost of healthcare and its effect on California families has spurred six grassroots organizations from across the state – including two statewide coalitions – to endorse two ballot initiatives that …

Consumer advocacy group Health Access endorses hospital pricing initiative

[March 12, 2014] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health Access, one of California’s most prominent consumer advocacy groups, announced its support of a statewide ballot initiative that would reduce hospital prices in California. Health Access said the measure is one of the …

UHW’s TV ads about Sharp HealthCare air in San Diego

[March 11, 2014] SAN DIEGO – Healthcare workers continued their public awareness campaign about excessive pricing and executive compensation in California hospitals with new cable television ads that will air for two weeks in San Diego County. The 30-second ad …

Assembly health committee chair endorses UHW hospital initiatives

[March 7, 2014] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Efforts to rein in runaway healthcare costs in California got another major boost as Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) endorsed two ballot initiatives that would reduce prices and executive salaries in California …

It’s a milestone: SEIU-UHW enrolls 5,000th Californian in health coverage this year

[March 6, 2014] LOS ANGELES – With less than a month to go for the public to sign up for health coverage, a union of healthcare workers reached a milestone yesterday by enrolling their 5,000th Californian in health coverage this …

17 legislators now support UHW ballot initiatives to lower hospital prices

[March 4, 2014] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three more California legislators announced their endorsement of two ballot initiatives that would directly reduce prices and executive salaries in California hospitals, bringing the number of lawmakers supporting the measures to 17. Sen. Mark …

SEIU-UHW airs new TV ads in L.A., Orange Counties

[Feb. 26, 2014] LOS ANGELES – Healthcare workers continued their public awareness campaign about excessive hospital pricing and compensation in California with new cable television ads that will air for two weeks in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The 30-second …

Three more legislators endorse UHW’s hospital initiatives

[Feb. 25, 2014] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three more California legislators announced their endorsement of two ballot initiatives that would directly reduce prices and executive salaries in California hospitals, bringing the number of lawmakers supporting the measures to 14. Sens. Loni …

$40 for Carmex? Healthcare workers reveal Sacramento hospitals’ most outrageous prices

[Feb. 20, 2014] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – At Memorial Hospital they charge almost $40 for Carmex lip ointment, while at Walgreens it costs $1.35. At Amador Hospital in Jackson, they charge $18.21 for a single Ibuprofen, which is 403 times the …

SEIU-UHW asks state treasurer to improve bond disclosures by non-profit hospitals

[Feb. 18, 2014] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The state’s largest union of hospital workers has asked California Treasurer Bill Lockyer to initiate a study of the disclosures California’s non-profit hospitals make to bond markets about the impact of federal and state …

Assemblymember Gonzalez endorses ballot initiatives to rein in healthcare costs

[Feb. 13, 2014] SACRAMENTO – California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has become the 11th state legislator to endorse two ballot initiatives that would directly reduce prices and executive salaries in California hospitals. The two initiatives are sponsored by members …

Healthcare Workers Launch Signature Gathering on Initiative While Revealing Outrageous Pricing at San Francisco Bay Area Hospitals

[Feb. 11, 2014] SAN FRANCISCO – At John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek they charge $233 for a pair of crutches, while at a Walgreens down the street they cost $23. At California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, …

Four more legislators endorse initiatives to lower hospital prices, salaries

[Feb. 5, 2014] SACRAMENTO – Four more California state legislators, this time from the Bay Area, are standing behind two initiatives to rein in healthcare costs and reduce excessive CEO and executive salaries in California hospitals. Sen. Jim Beall (D-San …

Legislators endorse SEIU-UHW ballot initiatives to lower healthcare costs

[Feb. 4, 2014] SACRAMENTO – Four state legislators from Southern California have endorsed two ballot initiatives that would directly reduce prices and executive salaries in California hospitals. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), Assemblyman Anthony Rendon …

Healthcare workers launch radio ads to lower hospital costs in CA

[Feb. 3, 2014] SACRAMENTO – Hospital workers will hit the airways and internet radio today with a $66,000 weekly ad buy aimed at exposing high hospital costs and excessive executive salaries that are driving the price of healthcare out of …

SEIU-UHW Members Take On Overpricing by Hospitals

At Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, SEIU-UHW members launched their signature gathering campaign to qualify a statewide ballot initiative that would end overpricing by hospitals.

$340 crutches? SEIU-UHW reveals outrageous pricing at L.A. hospitals

[Jan. 29, 2014] LOS ANGELES – At Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank they charge almost $300 for an ankle brace, while at a Walgreens down the street it costs $21. At Prime Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, one …