Nurse Alliance Roundup - SEIU - Service Employees International Union


May 20, 2015

Nurses Week 2015 Focus on Advocacy & Celebration

I hope nurses across the country took a moment during Nurses Week 2015 to celebrate and reflect on all the amazing accomplishments of the year


Apr 15, 2015

Healthcare Law Turns Five

On March 23, the Affordable Care Act turned 5, and what a difference it has made in the lives of our patients. I hope that you took a moment to celebrate--without you, we never would have made this happen.


Mar 20, 2015

Nurses take a stand at Supreme Court for healthcare law

Nurses from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., on March 4 to explain what is at stake in the King v. Burwell case for their patients, colleagues and communities, while the Supreme Court heard the case. We have a lot of work to do to make sure our fellow nurses, colleagues and community members raise their voices and again defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Feb 13, 2015

Nurses Take Action to Protect Healthcare Law

We are on the front lines educating colleagues and patients about the healthcare law and providing information about Open Enrollment, which ends February 15.


Jan 26, 2015

Healthcare Law Continues to Deliver

Nurses were and are an integral part of our nation's public health preparedness and important leaders in helping to educate our communities about the facts on infectious disease and other critical health issues.


Dec 12, 2014

Health Marketplace Opening Successful: More than 450,000 Americans Signed Up for Health Insurance in the First Month

I am so proud of our SEIU brothers and sisters and community partners who helped kick off the smooth opening of the healthcare marketplaces on November 15.


Nov 14, 2014

November 15 Healthcare Marketplaces Reopen; Millions of Americans Can Gain Healthcare

We have our work cut out for us. The results of last Tuesday's election mean both the U.S. House and the Senate are now in the hands of a party whose extremists will continue to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


Oct 29, 2014

Ebola: Information for Front-Line Caregivers

Nurses have always been on front lines caring for patients with infectious disease and have a critical role to play as part of the healthcare teams that will control the spread of this infectious virus.


Oct 09, 2014

Nurse's Role Protecting Healthcare Law More Critical than Ever

It's already October and we are in full swing organizing, educating and mobilizing for Election Day. I am sure many of you are too with so much hanging in the balance! Again, nurses find themselves in the familiar role of...


Sep 08, 2014

Nurses Focus on Fall Priorities

The Department of Health and Human Services recently reported that about 7.2 million Americans gained healthcare coverage through Medicaid and CHIP since the Affordable Care Act launched. And more are signing up each day. Data continues to prove, what nurses already know--the Affordable Care Act is working for our communities.


Aug 08, 2014

Healthcare Law Tax Credits Still Alive and Well

What a busy summer 2014 has turned out to be! Our work to protect, defend and educate our patients and communities about the Affordable Care Act is more important than ever.


Jul 23, 2014

Battle For Common Sense Women's Health Policy Continues

Nurses fought to push governors and state legislatures to accept the federal funds set aside to expand healthcare coverage to those individuals and families struggling just above the poverty line.


Jul 02, 2014

Critical Month for Healthcare Law

This summer has brought many surprises already. While the shocking defeat of Congressman Eric Cantor -- who led 50 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, supported Medicaid block grants and wanted to turn Medicare into a voucher system -- may seem like good news, we should be worried that even that track record isn't extreme enough for his Tea Party successor. It just reminds me how much is at stake in the 2014 elections for the Affordable Care Act.


Jun 16, 2014

Critical Month for Healthcare Law

Summer has unofficially begun! I had the opportunity to spend Memorial Day with my family and many of my SEIU sisters and brothers. It provided us with the time to honor our fallen soldiers, veterans, service members and their families and to appreciate what their sacrifice has meant for us.


Apr 23, 2014

Healthcare Law Enrollment: Nurses Played Pivotal Role Educating Millions of Americans

Let's take this moment to celebrate the SEIU nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers nationwide for their instrumental role in bringing quality, affordable health insurance to millions of people by driving an Affordable Care Act education and outreach campaign that reached more than 2.4 million people over roughly six months.


Mar 07, 2014

Final Countdown for Healthcare Enrollment

Over 4 million people are already enrolled in marketplaces as of mid-February and SEIU and allies are poised to "finish the job" in the final stretch to the March 31 enrollment deadline. Our SEIU sisters and brothers are doing our part, having made more than 1.4 million contacts at the end of January.


Feb 18, 2014

Nurses Lead the Way on Critical Issues

February is Black History month, which makes me reflect on the important work we do and gives us the opportunity to lift up and celebrate everyday heroes. Also In this issue, we'll update you on the Altoona nurse's strike; set the record straight on the Republicans' latest repeal efforts and take a look at a new study that finds that more expensive hospitals are not necessarily better hospitals.


Jan 30, 2014

A Year of Action

All year long in 2013, SEIU nurses from around the country stood up for their patients and communities and sent their messages to Congress.


Jan 30, 2014

Countdown to Coverage: Nurse Alliance's Top 5 Moments of 2013

What a year it was! Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare Chair Dian Palmer took some time to reflect on all the work SEIU nurses did last year. Here's what she and the Nurse Alliance team came up with.


Nov 15, 2013

SEIU Reaches 440,000 People in Outreach Efforts on the New Healthcare Law

The year is flying by- November is already here and Election Day 2013 is over!  We are celebrating a big win in Virginia’s gubernatorial race and in several other state and local races. And we are also celebrating the...


Oct 30, 2013

400 Nurses Spread the Good Word About Affordable, Quality Healthcare to 10,000 Pittsburgh Residents

I would like to say thank you to the over 400 nurses who recently traveled to Pittsburgh, Penn. for our biennial Nurse Alliance Conference. I heard from many nurses that they left reinvigorated to take on the challenges ahead and with a new network of colleagues to call upon. I too returned home feeling energized and excited about the future of nursing, the healthcare law and our Nurse Alliance.


Oct 16, 2013

New Health Insurance Marketplaces Open to "Unprecedented Demand"

The health insurance marketplaces opened Oct. 1 and reports indicate that millions of Americans are eager to find out more about low-cost plans available under the healthcare law. More than 2.8 million people visited in the first 48 hours and some state-run exchanges also reported millions of logins on that first day.


Oct 02, 2013

Healthcare Marketplaces Open!

For decades, nurses have been a driving force in the fight for quality affordable healthcare for their patients, and today is an historic day that we should take a moment to celebrate. The healthcare marketplaces are open for business and...


Aug 29, 2013

New Healthcare Law Marketplaces About to Open: Find Out Where the Navigators Are

Labor Day is almost here and I hope you are celebrating the contributions nurses and all working women and men have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

The health insurance marketplaces are just over a month away from opening for enrollment Oct. 1. In this issue, we'll share important information about the navigators in states and tax credits for working families who very well may be your patients. We also share stories from our nurses in California who are working with labor allies to educate people about the Affordable Care Act.


Aug 16, 2013

Nurses Stand Up for the Healthcare Law

We're halfway through August, where did this summer go? I invite you to take a moment to read this issue of Roundup even if you are caught up in the midst of back to school planning for kids, grandkids, neighbors, nieces or nephews. The congressional recess is well underway, which gives us all a chance to make our voices heard while Senators and Congresspeople are home. It is important that they hear from us, as nurses, that we expect members of Congress to work to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act, not hold vote after vote to repeal it, with no alternative to replace it.


Aug 02, 2013

Health Centers Poised to Help Uninsured Navigate Marketplaces

As the heat of summer is upon us, I hope you can find somewhere cool to read this issue of the Nurse Alliance Roundup.  

We are at the beginning of August Recess for Congress, and this is our chance to talk to the people who represent our interests in Washington, DC while they are home. We need to make sure they don’t vote with extremist Republicans to repeal the healthcare law, but work to make this the best law that it can be. As nurses, we know that care plans for our patients need to be adjusted, and that is also true of the healthcare law. We plan to take actions like writing letters to the editor in Texas and Michigan, attending town halls in Florida and Wisconsin and meeting with our Representatives in Pennsylvania and Illinois. We look forward to highlighting those actions in the next Roundup!


Jul 22, 2013

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision!

Time is flying by so quickly! In this issue of Roundup, we're highlighting the celebration of the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling, which declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional.


Jul 03, 2013

Safe Staffing Win in Nevada Highlights Nurse Power!

Summer has officially begun and we are looking forward to another busy season!

I hope you get some time to enjoy some summer fun with family and friends as we continue to fight for the healthcare law at the state and federal level, educate our patients and work in solidarity with our allies.


Jun 21, 2013

California Nurses Advocate for Patients, Marketplaces Are Here and the Affordable Care Act Continues to Deliver

As nurses we fought for decades to ensure that everyone had access to quality, affordable healthcare. Every day we get a little closer to realizing that dream, as we countdown to October 1 and the opening of the health insurance marketplaces.


Jun 07, 2013

Affordable Care Act Delivers Lower than Expected Costs for New Healthcare Plans and Nurses Focus on Quality Care

Memorial Day gives us the time to remember all those who served and lost their lives in war, along with the soldiers who go to war, nurses go as well -- not to fight in battle, but to help save the lives. Located near the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a memorial to all nurses who have served in all wars. It's a bronze statue of a nurse caring for a wounded soldier. As a nurse, hopefully you'll have the opportunity to visit this memorial someday.


May 23, 2013

Moving on to October 1st, Shedding Light on the Cost of Care and Highlighting Our Achievements

In this May 23, 2013 issue of the Roundup, continue getting ready for Obamacare enrollment on October 1st; read about SEIU nurse leaders' efforts and recognition in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; and find out about variations in the cost of care and geographic distribution of our nation's uninsured.


May 10, 2013

New Career Advancement Opportunities and Nurses Week Celebration

In this 2013 Nurses Week issue of the Roundup, celebrate being a nurse with fun images on Facebook; read about SEIU nurse leaders in California and Florida publicly advocating for their patients' well-being and learn about new career advancement opportunities.


May 02, 2013

SEIU Nurses: Mark Your Calendars!

As we get ready to celebrate Nurses Week this May 6-12, we'd like to be the first to thank you for all that you do. You provide care--but also play a critical role as advocates for our patients.


Apr 12, 2013

National Public Health Week, Nurses' News, Updates & Resources

Last week was National Public Health Week, and I want to recognize all of our dedicated, hard working public health nurses. You help ensure our kids are safe and healthy and you work tirelessly to build strong, healthy communities.


Mar 27, 2013

Nurse Pride, the Healthcare Law Anniversary and Congressman Ryan's Disastrous Budget

In this issue of the Nurse Alliance Roundup: it's the three year anniversary of Obamacare! Nurses take some time to reflect on all the law has brought us...while simultaneously speaking out against Rep. Paul Ryan's harmful budget cut proposal that would repeal the historic healthcare law. And don't miss recent RN organizing victories in Washington state and California.


Mar 18, 2013

Medicaid Math, Obamacare Advocacy and RNs Talking Budget Cuts

In this March 2013 issue of the newly-revamped Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare Roundup, learn about the sequester's cuts to Medicare and patient care and see how SEIU RNs are standing up for their patients by sending messages to Congress and spreading the word about the healthcare law through a 90-second video.