Local residents testify about impact of healthcare crisis

Where: Rutland Regional Medical Center, Conference Rooms 3 & 4, 160 Allen Street, Rutland, Vermont

When: 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 12, 2009

What: For months, volunteers for the Vermont Workers’ Center have been surveying Vermonters from all across the state about their experiences with the healthcare system. The results have been clear: Vermonters believe that healthcare should be a human right, and many are suffering because of lack of access to affordable, quality healthcare. The crisis continues to worsen as the state’s budget problems have led to painful cuts to State health programs, exacerbating the crisis for thousands of Vermont families.

On Thursday, February 12, this conversation comes to Rutland as part of the “Healthcare is a Human Right” campaign, which is coordinated by the Workers’ Center, to build a movement that can help reform the State’s healthcare system so it will guarantee care to all Vermonters regardless of income. This Rutland Hearing is also sponsored by the Vermont Psychiatric Survivors Network and Central Vermont Peace & Justice Center. The testimony about the impact the lack of access to healthcare has had on the lives of area families will be heard by a community listening panel comprised of faith leaders, health professionals and other community leaders.

Background: On January 29, over seventy-five people attended a healthcare human rights hearing in Barre and one is scheduled in Bennington on February 19. On December 10, 2008, International Human Rights Day, after conducting over 1,200 surveys and holding hearings in Brattleboro, Burlington, St. Albans and Lyndonville the Vermont Workers’ Center issued a report “Voices of the Vermont Healthcare Crisis: Healthcare Is A Human Right.” The report and accompanying video can be downloaded online.  

Download print report: http://www.workerscenter.org/healthcare/

Watch 7-minute video: http://blip.tv/file/157451