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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.