Springfield, Missouri -- SEIU members attending a town hall scheduled for this evening hosted by Senator Claire McCaskill will highlight how healthcare reform benefits Missouri families. A great deal has been written about healthcare reform over the past few months and as Members of Congress prepare to return to Washington the debate over healthcare reform is expected to intensify. We wanted to share a few facts that put the debate into context. Here's a brief look at some of the ways that healthcare reform will benefit Missouri families:
What Reform Will Mean to Missouri
Why Missouri Needs Health Care Reform
With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers--not just corporations and CEOs--benefit from today's global economy.
CONTACT: Clark Brown of Service Employees International Union, +1-417-894-9350
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-- Federal Health Care Reform will provide access to quality, affordable health care for an expected 374,000 Missourians who are currently uninsured by 2013 and up to 600,000 Missourians by 2019. [Center for American Progress, 7/31/2009] -- 92,800 Missouri seniors will have access to comprehensive prescription drugs to help them stay healthy and active. [Missouri Budget Project, 8/9/2009] -- 88,302 Missouri small businesses may be helped with tax credits and affordable options for health care for their employees. [Healthreform.gov, accessed 8/31/2009] -- Health insurance reform will put caps on how much an insurance company can charge for out-of-pocket expenses, helping 35,100 Missouri households struggling with skyrocketing expenses. [Healthreform.gov, accessed 8/31/2009] -- Health insurance reform will also put an end to denying coverage based on a person's health, helping the 9% of Missouri residents with diabetes, and the 29% with high blood pressure. [Healthreform.gov, accessed 8/31/2009]