Friday, January 18, 2008

State House Demonstration Promoting RIte Care

Health Care Professionals to Stand Up for Kids and Families
Doctors, nurses and students unite to proclaim RIte Care is Right for RI

Rhode Island Medical Society, the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Students Association RI Chapter will illustrate that RIte Care is a gold standard among health care plans in this nation and will highlight better, more responsible reforms within the Medicaid program.

Who: Speakers include:
Dr. Nick Tsiongas (Tiverton) – President of the RI Medical Society
Donna Policastro, RNP – Executive Director RI State Nurses Association
Dr. Yul Ejnes – American College of Physicians
Dr. Andrew Snyder - member of the RI Medical Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics
Professor David Rochefort – Political Science Department, Northeastern University

Where: Rotunda, RI State House When: January 23, 2008 at 3:30pm

Following the press conference, medical and nursing students will hand deliver hundreds of postcards from Rhode Islanders who support the RIte Care program to the General Assembly.
Leaders from the medical and advocacy community will stand together as they exhort to the General Assembly the importance of protecting the RIte Care Program from cuts found in the Governor's 2008 Supplemental budget.

Nick Tsiongas, President of the RI Medical Society commented on the event: "Health care professionals are hosting this action to express our disbelief that this proposal has even seen the light of day. We plan to highlight the quality of this nationally recognized program. The fact is, we can not cut our way out of the state's current structural deficit. There are more responsible alternatives we must look to."

Participating organizations include: Ocean State Action; the RI Medical Society, the United Nurses and Allied Professionals; the RI State Nurses Association; American Academy of Pediatrics, RI Chapter, the National Association of Social Workers – RI Chapter; the RI Small Business Summit Healthcare Work Group; RI Parent Information Network Family Voices; the Senior Agenda Coalition; the Urban League of Rhode Island, the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU; the RI Health Center Association, Marriage Equality RI, RI Foster Parents Association, Progreso Latino, International Institute RI, RI Council of Community Mental Health Organizations; AFSCME Coucil 94.
-- Victoria PicinichOrganizerOcean State Action99 Bald Hill Rd, Cranston, RI
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