Ensuring Affordable and Accessible Health Care

It’s no surprise that affordable health care and prescription drugs came in as the second highest priority for our members when we surveyed them early this year. We are always fighting at the bargaining table for outcomes to lower copays and deductibles, prescription drugs, and ensuring members and their loved ones have affordable coverage. No American should avoid going to the doctor because they can’t afford it.

Our Advocacy on Health Care Over the Last Few Years Has Focused on Affordability.

Protecting Patients and Workers

Adequate staffing has a direct impact on the quality of care that residents and patients receive. According to one USW member in long-term care, “Safe staffing would mean residents get the care they deserve and pay for. Short staffed units lead to delayed cares, extended wait times for basic needs and daily cares and inexperienced staff cutting corners to finish tasks. Being dependent on others for all of your needs and having very little say in how and when those needs are met, day in and day out, can contribute to depression and failure to thrive.”

Our union tirelessly advocates for legislation to secure staffing requirements in the health care sector, and will continue to do so. Safe staffing efforts means patients receive better care and workers are safer.

Keeping Prescription Drugs Affordable

This historic passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is a milestone achievement toward making prescription drugs more affordable for Medicare patients and could pave the way for future reforms. (See the Senate roll call vote HERE and the House HERE.)

Here’s how:

Better legislation surrounding affordable health care means we can focus our bargaining to in other areas, like better wages and retirements benefits. Our union will continue to advocate for health care affordability for everyone.

Click here to download this information as a PDF.