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UNITED STAFF NURSES UNION LOCAL 141 LAUNCHES DRIVE FOR INITIATIVE 141

UNITED STAFF NURSES UNION LOCAL 141 LAUNCHES DRIVE FOR INITIATIVE 141
 BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- United Staff Nurses Union (USNU), Local 141, UFCW is officially launching a signature drive for Washington Rep. Dennis Braddock's Initiative 141 - Health Care Reform, USNU announced today. The Washington State Initiative mandates action on health reform.
 Initiative 141 was filed in June by Rep. Braddock, D-Wash. Initiative 141 is broadly worded, calling for universal access, cost controls, and a comprehensive benefits package. His proposal has the goals, purpose and intent to "assure access for all residents, improve the public health and control health care costs which are endangering business."
 The initiative specifically calls for:
 - Allowing residents to be enrolled in the insurance plan of their choice providing it meets certain minimum guidelines
 - Participation in paying for the health services will include all state residents, businesses, employees, and government with a sliding scale to determine ability to pay and exempting the lowest-income citizens from paying
 - Reformed system will use same health care providers and facilities now in use
 - Setting a time limit for the governor and legislature to act to reform the health care system
 - Provides for mechanism to reduce malpractice settlements
 - Would prohibit excluding a citizen based on pre-existing conditions
 - Defines a basic certified package of benefits
 "Health Care Reform is a complex issue and affects us all as professional health care providers, consumers, and citizens. Public opinion polls show that voters are in favor of change. While there is a broad spectrum of opinion on how it should be carried out, the need for reform is clear and the time is right for change," said Judy Lewis, president of Local 141.
 With the time frame of only four months to gather over 150,000 valid signatures, the executive board of 141 felt that immediate action was required.
 "Voters in Washington state deserve to have the opportunity to vote on this critical issue," stated Lewis.
 The union is holding a reception attended by Rep. Braddock on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to launch the signature drive. The event will be held at Vito's Restaurant, 927 - 9th Avenue, Seattle.
 USNU is also establishing a state wide task force to monitor developments and make certain that staff nurses have a voice in how reform will happen.
 United Staff Nurses Union was established in 1989 and represents 4,000 staff nurses at 18 Washington State hospitals and Hanford Environmental Health Foundation.
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 /CONTACT: Geralyn Lutty of the United Staff Nurses Union, 206-451-1141/ CO: United Staff Nurses Union ST: Washington IN: SU: LEG


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