HARRISBURG, May 8 – A new television ad began airing today in three Pennsylvania media markets urging Governor Tom Corbett to accept billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid that would increase access to quality healthcare for approximately 700,000 Pennsylvanians.
The SEIU Pennsylvania State Council is sponsoring the advertisement.
The ad features Susan Baker, a Registered Nurse and member of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, explaining the need for Medicaid expansion. “By expanding Medicaid, Governor Corbett can cover hundreds of thousands of families. It will save money, create jobs and get families the care they need,” Baker says in the ad, which ends by encouraging viewers to call Gov. Corbett to tell him to accept federal dollars for expanded healthcare access for Pennsylvanians.
“Since the federal government pays the full cost of Medicaid expansion for three years, and then 90 percent of the cost afterwards, accepting this federal funding will bring our tax dollars back to Pennsylvania to deliver healthcare for working families, provide financial stability to hospitals, create tens of thousands of jobs and improve care,” said Neal Bisno, Secretary-Treasurer of the State Council.
“With all of our neighboring states likely to expand their Medicaid programs, Pennsylvanians should not be denied access to health insurance because of where they live.”
SEIU is launching the ad during National Nurses’ Week- May 6 through May 12- when nurses are recognized for the quality care they provide and their importance to our healthcare system.
“Nurses, as the frontline caregivers in hospitals, know that when we see patients who have gone years without being able to afford the care they need, it is harder to help them get well, and their care will cost more. This is why expanding Medicaid coverage to 700,000 people will lead to better outcomes and cost savings,” said Deb Bonn, the director of the Pennsylvania Nurse Alliance.
Susan Baker feels that National Nurses Week should be a reminder about the role and voice nurses should have in the healthcare industry.
“Nurses are the patient advocates. We are the ones who are caring for patients at their bedside. No matter what your political background is, it’s important that we take that advocacy past the bedside and have a positive influence on policy,” Baker said.
The ad can be viewed online at the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11tJQBs_BSg
ABOUT THE SEIU PENNSYLVANIA STATE COUNCIL
The Service Employees International Union is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. In Pennsylvania, the SEIU PA State Council represents nearly 80,000 workers in the areas of health care, public services, property services, school employees, laundry and distribution. We work to coordinate and unify the collective political and legislative priorities of all SEIU locals and districts throughout the state.