The following post comes from the Public Health Organization.
The Public Health Organization (PHO) applauds the City’s decision to
keep the mammogram program open and provide additional funding to
Roseland Community Hospital to expand mammography services to
low-income, uninsured women.
"I continue to champion breast
cancer screenings, because it saves lives! Next year's budget contains
$2.2 million for breast cancer screenings maintaining the City's current
funding levels for mammography services despite the loss of a $300,000
state grant. I encourage both women and men to get screened and I’m
happy these services will be made available to an additional 1,500
uninsured patients at Roseland Community Hospital,” Alderman Carrie
Austin shared in a statement.
Following a decidedly disasterous rollout of the Affordable Care Act and pushback from Democrats, President Barack Obama announced a one-year extension for those who lost their health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says the Affordable Care Act should have included a few more lines to clarify the statement that everyone who has a health care plan and likes it can keep their current benefits.
Chicago's faith leaders joined forces to push back against privatization and the loss of public sector jobs.
Drawing on our sacred Scriptures which inform us that all people are created in the image of God, thereby deserving of dignity, we believe all working people need wages and benefits that will sustain them and their families. We further believe that it is in the best interest of a community to have its public-sector jobs held under the auspices of the community, not an outside contractor who too often stands to profit by exploiting the workforce and offering sub-standard services.
The great City of Chicago has witnessed a growing number of government jobs being handed over to the private sector in order to “cut expenses.” However, the decision-making process has not been transparent and there was no opportunity for public review of the private contracts. These decisions have far-reaching consequences and need to be brought into the light of public scrutiny and debate.
Nearly 100 SEIU* Local 1 security officers and their supporters
staged a rally and flash mob at the Thompson Center Wednesday to bring
attention to their campaign for better wages and affordable health care.
Presently, full time security officers can pay up to $1,543 a month for
health insurance coverage for a family of four. In some cases, that
could be more than 80 percent of an officer’s monthly income.
just asking for fair wages, health benefits and [that they] just treat us with
integrity and respect,” said Kenyatta Sinclair, a security officer who has
been on the job for five years. Sinclair, who makes $13.60 an hour,
does not currently have health benefits.
“I would have to
buy my own plan, and I don’t make enough to buy one,” Sinclair explained.
Public schools, mental health services and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to phaseout the
city's health care subsidy for a number of retired municipal workers
were some of the concerns Chicagoans raised at a budget town hall
meeting Wednesday night.
The city council's Progressive Reform Caucus held the packed town hall meeting at
United Electrical Workers Hall and heard comments from dozens of
residents about the mayor's proposed 2014 budget, which was unveiled last week.
The mayor's $8.7 billion 2014 budget does not increase property, sales or gas taxes, but Progressive Reform Caucus members expressed worry that the spending plan relies mainly on other increased taxes and fees that would impact everyone from drivers to cigarette smokers to cable TV customers as a means to help close the city's $339 million deficit.