LA Times Column: A new law aims to protect you from surprise (read: bonkers) medical bills

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In his column, David Lazarus takes a look at a real-world case of medical expenses for an uninsured entrepreneur and “bonkers” over-the-top expenses caused by the inherent dysfunction of the current for-profit medical care system . AB 1400 would provide healthcare insurance for all in CA and eliminate these nightmare scenarios. LA Times | January […]

PANA Members Lobby CA Assembly Committee on Appropriations Chair to Support AB 1400

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Following the victorious 11-3 vote in the CA Assembly Committee on Health on January 11, AB 1400 now advances to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, to be heard in a non-public session on Thursday, January 20, 2022. In preparation for the Appropriations hearing, PANA member Steven Gibson initiated a meeting with the staff  of Appropriations […]

Financing single-payer health insurance: Myths and facts

Private Insurer Lies

Private insurance corporations spread lies about the “high costs” of single-payer to the tax payer to block meaningful healthcare reform. From Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Private insurance corporations spread lies about the “high costs” of single-payer to the tax payer to block meaningful healthcare reform. They have been successful only because of […]

Asian American young adults are the only racial group with suicide as their leading cause of death, so why is no one talking about this?

Suicide is the Number One Cause of Death for Young Asian Americans

Read the article posted on TheConversation.comhttps://theconversation.com/asian-american-young-adults-are-the-only-racial-group-with-suicide-as-their-leading-cause-of-death-so-why-is-no-one-talking-about-this-158030 In California, we urge you to support the campaign to pass AB 1400. This major healthcare reform bill would help rebuild the mental healthcare infrastructure destroyed by Ronald Reagan and Republicans in the 1980’s. Racially motivated violence looks like the mass shootings that killed Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Chung […]

PANA Urges AB 1400 “Aye” Vote

January 5, 2022     Assembly Member Jim Wood, Chair and Members Assembly Health Committee     RE: AB 1400 (Kalra, Lee, Santiago) – SUPPORT     Dear Chair Wood and Committee Members,   The Asian American community is experiencing an upsurge in hate crimes due to scapegoating of Chinese people as being the cause […]

Sick Around The World – 2008 Film on Healthcare Around the World Still Relevant

Four in five Americans say the U.S. health-care system needs “fundamental” change. Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health-care system, or are these nations so culturally different from us that their solutions would simply not be acceptable to Americans? FRONTLINE correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand […]

AB 1400 Would Finance Expanded Patient Care Rather than Corporate CEO Salaries

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The current private-insurer-controlled healthcare system is one of capital extraction. The rising premiums and deductibles we pay finance political corruption to the demise of patient care. This is why it has been a challenge to win healthcare-for-all even in a Democratic Party Supermajority state like California and why we must build increased grassroots power. Instead […]

Centering Asian Americans: Racism, Violence, and Health

Hear insights from people with experience from the frontlines of healthcare work in Asian American communities, including the challenges around data aggregation and dis-aggregation, combatting the Model Minority Myth… Episode 213: Antiracism in Medicine Series – Episode 13 – Centering Asian Americans: Racism, Violence, and Health   CPSolvers: Anti-Racism in Medicine Series Episode 13: Centering […]

US Ranks 36th Out of 37 Nations on COVID-19 Mortality

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https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj-2021-066768 A new study quantifies the loss in life expectancy due to COVID-19 in nations around the world. The US is in the worst tier, with a drop of nearly two years. Blame lays at the feet of mishandling by Trump, but also long-term degradation of public health and primary care access. Both must be […]

PANA Members Join “Knit the Revolution” Podcast on Medicare-for-All

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Tsukuru Fors, Reggie Wong and Taiji Miyagawa share experiences from their work to win healthcare-for-all, including AB 1400 in CA. How efforts by PANA to address the larger issue of inequality faced by Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are an example of how to build a broader, more diverse and powerful grassroots movement to win […]

US Surpasses 800,000 Pandemic Deaths

More than 800,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus, the highest recorded national death toll from the global pandemic. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59645307 The 800,000 total exceeds the populations of cities such as Boston or Washington DC. The milestone means nearly twice as many Americans have died during the pandemic as in World War 2. The US […]