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SPAN State Council

The following individuals were elected by their respective constituencies to serve on the SPAN State Council for a one-year term ending in April, 2018:

Executive Committee
Deborah Silverstein — SPAN Ohio State Director
Johnathon Ross, M.D.— SPAN Ohio Secretary
Barbara Walden — SPAN Ohio Treasurer
Brad Cotton, M.D. — At Large
Bill Davis — At Large
Marcia Hartman — At Large
Mayo Makinde — At Large
Sean Nestor — At Large
 
Regional Coordinators
Region 1 — Ted Seuss
Region 2 — Dennis Slotnick
Region 3 — Patty Mercer
Region 4 — Dee Chavez, RN
Region 5 — Bob Krasen
Region 6 — John Gordon
Region 7 — Matt Noordsij-Jones, M.D.
 
Labor
Kurt Bateman
Bob Fry
John Gordon
Dave Pavlick, Sr.
Melvin Scott
  
Health Care Community
Stefan Athanasiadis
Richard C. Bozian, M.D.
Dee Chavez, RN
Jennifer Hatcher
Pia Kanistros, RN, BSN
Katherine Lambes, M.D.
Joan Matyskella
Melanie Moynan-Smith
Don Rucknagel, M.D., Ph.D.
Marilyn Webster, RN, MSN
 
Community Organizations
Albert Gabel, D.V.M.
Kathy Guest
Connie Hammond
Diana King
Bob Krasen
Logan Martinez
Kendall Mays
Patty Mercer
Sean Nestor
Rev. Susan Smith
 
Faith Groups
Brad Cotton, M.D.
Bill Davis
Ruth Ann Farthing
Alice Faryna, M.D.
Bonny Graham
 
Other Organizations / Individuals
Richard A. Bozian
Robert Mash
Mary Mynatt
Bob Parker
Mark Polley
Neilla Schiffman
Arlene Sheak
 
Business Community
Guy Desrochers
Freeda Flynn, M.D.
Tim Kettler
Jack Petsche
Ted Seuss
 

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • SPAN ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE Sat. 28 Apr, 2018 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) Quest Conference Center - 8405 Pulsar Place - Columbus OH
  • Walk for Health Care Sat. 12 May, 2018 (10:00 am - 11:00 am) HEALTH CARE  WALK SATURDAY  MAY 12, 2018  10:00 AM Meet at the Trinity Lutheran Church&nb...
  • Region 1 SPAN Meeting Mon. 21 May, 2018 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) North Shore AFL-CIO Office.   3250 Euclid Ave, 2nd floor, Cleveland - Note:  enter parking lot from Prospe...
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