SPAN Contacts

General Information

PO Box 852
Kent, OH 44240
Email:  — Voice Mail: 216-736-4766

State Director

Debbie Silverstein
Email: — Phone 330-673-8524


Contact the regional coordinator for your county to obtain SPAN material or instructions on how to obtain it, to volunteer to help with the campaign for siingle-payer, or for answers to questions about SPAN Ohio or the single-payer movement in general.

Region 1 (Northeast Ohio)

Ted Seuss  
Phone: 440-590-2427
(Includes Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties)

Region 2 (Northwest Ohio)

Dennis Slotnick
Phone: 419-704-1863
(Includes Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, and Wood counties)

Region 3 (Southeastern Ohio)

Patty Mercer 
Phone: 740-594-2344
(Includes Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties)

Region 4 (Southwestern Ohio)

Dee Chavez 
Phone: 513-413-1178
(Includes Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties)

Region 5 (Central Ohio)

Bob Krasen
Phone: 614-261-0754
(Includes Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Union, and Wyandot counties)

Region 6 (East Central Ohio)

John Gordon
Phone: 330-872-7298
(Includes Ashland, Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Trumbull, and Wayne counties)

Region 7 (West Central Ohio)

Matt Noordsij-Jones
Phone: 937-321-8698
(Includes Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties)

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Thank you for your interest in single-payer health care for all.






Private Card Huge Deductible

Don't be fooled by all the politicians claiming to support "universal" health care. If you read the fine print, most of their proposals dictate that everyone should buy a private health care card. What good is your card if it commits you to a $5,000 deductible and 50 percent co-pay before you receive any of your (limited) benefits?

We should reject a mandate that everyone must contribute to the coffers of the big insurance corporations. No, thanks. That sort of "universal" plan could mainly bankrupt the middle class and further enrich the private insurance manipulators.

We need a universal plan that is compassionate and sustainable.

The clearest way is to eliminate the role of for-profit insurance companies.Having been practicing medicine for 35 years, after seeing "Sicko" I'm convinced we need (and will eventually demand) a single payer, universal, health insurance system.

Thanks, Michael Moore, for pointing the way.

Kahn is emeritus professor of family and preventive medicine at Emory University School of Medicine

PBS Report Shows Universal Health Care Systems Working Abroad

A "Frontline" report on PBS examines the universal health care plans of five countries--Britain, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland--and shows that in each country "insurance premiums are significantly lower than those in America (in Britain there are none), and the waiting time to see a doctor is either tolerable (in Britain) or nonexistent," reports the New York Times.

Additional Actions You Can Take

Members of the HealthCare Access and Affordability Committee, shown in the table below, should be urged to include single-payer in their deliberations.

HealthCare Access and Affordability

Name Party Position Name Party Position
Lorraine M. Fende D Chair Barbara R. Sears R Ranking Minority Member
Nancy Garland D Vice Chair Dave Burke R Member
Linda S. Bolon D Member Robert Hackett R Member
Marian Harris D Member Peggy Lehner R Member
Mike Moran D Member Ross McGregor R Member
Matt Patten D Member Todd Snitchler R Member
Brian G. Williams D Member


You can also help rally support for this bill by asking your local city council or commission to pass a resolution in support of the Health Care For All Ohioans Act. SPAN will provide you with a sample resolution and tips for getting the issue on your local government’s agenda. Call 216-376-4766 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for assistance.


UPDATE: Single-Payer Bill Re-Introduced in Ohio House in 2009


For each new session of the General Assembly, bills introduced in previous sessions which have not been acted upon must be reintroduced if action by the new Assembly is desired.

Accordingly, on April 29, 2009 State Representatives Michael Skindell and Robert Hagan jointly reintroduced the Health Care For All Ohioans Act (HCFAOA) in the House of Representatives (H.B. 159).

Co-sponsors of H.B. 159 are: Barbara Boyd, Edna Brown, Michael DeBose, John DomenickMike Foley, Marian Harris, Sandra Stabile Harwood, Joseph Koziura, Tom Letson, Clayton Luckie, Dale Mallory, Peter Ujvagi, W. Carlton Weddington, Sandra Williams, and Kenny Yuko.

If you don’t see your state representative listed above, we urge you to phone, write or email him or her asking for their support of this bill. (If you DO see your representative listed, let him or her know you appreciate their support.)

If you don't know who your state representative is, click Find Legislator by Zip Code which will take you to a page where all you need do is fill in your zip code to be taken to page that shows who your State Representative is. Click on his/her name to go to a page showing how to reach him or her.


U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich is currently circulating this letter to his colleagues in the House of Representatives, giving them the opportunity to sign on.  The requested language would remove federal barriers to the enactment of state single payer plans.

Our Broken Health Care System

If you missed the May 22nd broadcast of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS titled "Our Broken Health Care System," click here to view his eye-opening interview with Drs. David Himmelstein and Sidney Wolfe. Click here to view his equally enlightening interview with Donna Smith of the California Nurses Association.


Bullet Points for Legislators

  • Single Payer saves money.  For the past 20 years, states have commissioned studies on different types of health care systems.   In EVERY case, single payer was shown to be the only way to cover everyone and the only system that saved money and controlled costs.

  • Publicly financed does not mean government run health care.  YOU have publicly finance health coverage, but the government does not make decisions regarding your health care.

  • Cost conscious patients often don't get the care they need.   Most decisions are made by the doctor in concert with the patient, but the patient relies on the doctor's knowledge to make a decision.  Expensive tests and treatments cannot be ordered by the patient, only the doctor.

  • Lifestyle choices are not what is fueling high costs in health care.   The United States ranks low in general health indicators, but high in good health habits.  We smoke less, drink less and consume less animal fat that many other countries with better health indicators and much lower health care costs.

  • Businesses can accurately determine their health care costs and are not subject to unanticipated large premium increases.

  • It will reduce labor costs due to a more efficient way of financing health care, eliminating much wasteful administration.

  • Workers' Compensation costs will be reduced, likely by half, due to the fact that everyone has health coverage and there is no need for the medical portion.

  • It reduces the need for part time employees and provides easier recruiting.  There are no pre-existing conditions or Cobra issues.

  • Eliminates the oversight of health benefits and bargaining health coverage with employees.

  • It creates healthier personnel and more stable employees, reduces absenteeism and eliminates employer health coverage complaints.

  • It reduces employee health related debt and personal bankruptcies.

  • It frees up family income that can be spent on other goods and services, thus stimulating the economy.

Tips for Writing Letters to Editor

Follow guidelines for your local paper (word count, submission instructions, etc.)

Frame your letter in relation to a recent news item Use state specific data whenever possible (let us know if you need help finding some!)

Address counter arguments

Be aware of your audience and emphasize how Medicare for All is good for ALL residents of the state

Criticize other positions, not people Include your credentials (especially if you work in the healthcare field)

Avoid jargon and abbreviations

Don’t overload on statistics and minor details

Cover only one or two points in a single letter

Avoid rambling and vagueness


Donations to SPAN Ohio help cover operating and lobbying expenses and are NOT tax deductible. To donate, click the DONATE button below. On the page that appears, type in the amount of your donation. If you want your donation to be recurring, check the box where it says "Make this a monthly donation." If this is a one-time donation, leave that box blank.Then click either "Donate with PayPal" (if you have an account) or."Donate with a Debit or Credit Card." Complete the transaction on the page that follows.

Donations to HCFAO go to our education fund and ARE tax deductible. To donate, click the Donate button below. On the page that appears, type in the amount of your donation. If you want your donation to be recurring, check the box where it says "Make this a monthly donation." If this is a one-time donation, leave that box blank.Then click either "Donate with PayPal" (if you have an account) or."Donate with a Debit or Credit Card." Complete the transaction on the page that follows.


  • Region 1 Meeting - Cleveland Mon. 29 Jan, 2018 (5:00 pm - 6:30 pm) North Shore AFL-CIO Office, 3250 Euclid Ave, 2nd floor - Note: enter parking lot from Prospect Ave. Enter building from re...
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  • SPAN STATE COUNCIL MEETING Sat. 10 Feb, 2018 (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus - 93 W Weisheimer Rd - Columbus OH
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  • Region 7 Monthly Organizing Meeting Sun. 18 Feb, 2018 (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Join us for an organizing meeting on Sunday February 18th at 3pm in conference room 3a at the downtown Dayton li...
  • Concert by the Carl Yaffey Band Fri. 23 Mar, 2018 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)    "Concert by the Carl Yaffey Band", blues and swing, Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Unitarian ...
  • SPAN ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE Sat. 28 Apr, 2018 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm) Quest Conference Center - 8405 Pulsar Place - Columbus OH
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