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Welcome to Maine AllCare Chapters

Our goal is to make health care accessible to everyone in Maine. Chapters work at the local level, informing and educating our neighbors about the need to transform our current, cumbersome and increasingly costly insurance based system into a statewide, publicly funded universal health care system. We do this through community health forums, guided discussions, film screenings and similar community sponsored events. We currently have four active chapters around the state. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Please join us. Everyone welcome.

Portland Chapter: Leader – Dan Bryant MD, Contact: dacabr@aol.com
Meets 4th Wednesday of each month 7- 8:30 PM at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland, ME

Midcoast Chapter – Brunswick: Leader – Bill Clark MD, Contact: wdclark@gwi.net
Meets each month, but no set schedule, 5:30-7:00 PM at Universal Unitarian Church, 1 Middle Street Brunswick ME Please see our Calendar to confirm upcoming meetings.

River Valley Chapter – Rumford: Leader – Joe Sirois, Contact: jnsirois@roadrunner.com
Meets each month, but no set schedule, 4-5:30 PM at the Rumford Public Library, 56 Rumford Ave, Rumford, ME 04276 Please see our Calendar to confirm upcoming meetings.

Downeast Chapter – Blue Hill: Leader – Lynn Cheney, Contact: lynncheney3@gmail.com
Meets fourth Sunday of each month 4-5:30 PM at the Blue Hill Library, 52 Parker Point Road Blue Hill ME 04614

Bangor Chapter – Bangor: Leader Nate Shea, Contact: nateshea78@gmail.com
Meets second Saturday of each month 8:30-9:30 AM at Bagel Central, upstairs meeting room, 33 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401

Ellsworth /MDI Chapter: Leader Bruce Becque, RN, Contact: nursebecque@gmail.com
Meets once a month on Sundays at the Moore Center in Ellsworth.

 

Recent Meeting Minutes (abbreviated)

DOWNEAST CHAPTER

April 23, 2017 meeting, 3-4:30 pm, Howard Room, Blue Hill Library – Minutes

Submitted by Liz Solet, Secretary, 16 people attending

Introduced new members: Cathleen London MD, Milbridge; Maureen Foy RN, Penobscot
Approved February and March minutes

Announcements:

– New Ellsworth / MDI Chapter first meeting Sunday, April 20th 1pm at Moore Center in Ellsworth
– Elected new Downeast Chapter officers: Lynn Cheney, Leader; Joe Lendvai will provide support as needed, Liz Solet, Secretary; Jeff Milliken MD, Events Coordinator; Tom Van Buren, Publicity.
Education Committee update: discussed “tool kit” created by Jeff Milliken; also, how to engage local business; connect w Rotary. Joined local Chamber of Commerce.

Events: – St. Brendan’s church event (April 25, 6:30 pm, Tom Van Buren organizing)
– Fix It showing at Dorcas Library, Prospect Harbor (April 29, 3 pm): Moderated discussion with Joe Lendvai, Cat London, Bruce Becque.
– Hearing for LD 1274 (May 4, Augusta)
– Healthy Island project May 9th 7:30 am Stonington Church of the Nazarene
– Maine State Nursing conference (May 12-13, Bar Harbor): Bruce Becque will set up and staff table with sign-up list, any educational materials.

Discussion: – Doctors for America—Dr. Cathleen London is involved
– Need info on yellow information cards from our area - Lynn will contact Board
– Bruce and Holly of new Ellsworth /MDI Chapter will continue to attend Downeast Chapter for coordination – Use bcc for mass chapter-wide emails

Next meeting: Sunday May 21, 4-5:30 pm, Blue Hill Library, Howard Room
NOTE: time change to start at 4 p.m.

 

RIVER VALLEY CHAPTER

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Rumford Library

Chapter leader Joe Sirois opened the meeting at 4:30. Six members in attendance.

Upcoming events will be the showing of The HealthCare Movie. Members approved a poster and discussed possibilities for 3 viewing sites. More to follow through email and at a future meeting.

Joe reported that he had staffed a table in the Social Responsibility tent at the Common Ground Fair, as we have for the last 3 years. He also handed out recent news items on single-payer health-care efforts that are in progress throughout the country.

Next meeting will be announced as need arises. In the meantime we will communicate by email about dates and times for the showing of the movie. Adjournment at 5:00.

Respectfully submitted, Anne Wood

 

BANGOR CHAPTER

Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Bagel Central

Attendees: Nate Shea, Bill Wood, Sean Faircloth, Devon Carter, Jeff Graham, Chris Cayer, Fredrica Smith, Tim Burns, Carol Bodnar, John Gallos, Larry Dansinger

-Introductions

-“Healthcare the Movie” short version shown

-Discussion of the movie Agreed that this is a reasonable movie to show to the public. Moved and seconded.

-Additional groups that might benefit from a meeting/film showing: Fusion (chamber group) and media editorial boards

-Venues for presentations:

  • Bangor Public Library Bill Wood to look into the cost
  • City Council Chambers (felt to be a little dated as a venue)
  • Folk Festival August 25-27 (table and people roaming in the crowd)
  • Medicare celebration July 24th
  • Art walks
  • Farmer’s markets (Orono Farmer’s Market Jeff Graham/Bill Wood August 19th)
  • Outdoor movie in Bangor
  • State Fair
  • Passed opportunities: July 4th, Pride Parade

-Status of LD 1274 on hold awaiting funding

-Chris Cayer (new state-wide organizer) reports Maine All Care plan, with primary initial goals of expanding the base (yellow cards) to 15,000 and training volunteers pointed towards a referendum in 2020

-Treasury $407.75 - $150.00 (sent to Maine All Care) = $257.75

Next meetings:
August 12th
September 9th

Submitted by: Jeff Graham, Chapter Secretary

 

ELLSWORTH/MDI CHAPTER

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Moore Center, 133 State St, Ellsworth, Maine

Present: Bruce Becque, RN; John Pickles, RN; Jack Russell; Jim Mroch; Dr. Moira O’Neill, RN; Dr. Cathleen London; Weronika Grabowska; Dr. Kathleen Kotas; Dr. Mary Dudzik; Jean Rohrer, RN; Valerie Dornan; Holly Duesenberry; Dr. Jeff Dunn; Dr. Linda Dunn; Julia Ventresco; Dr. Meryl Nass; Dr. Sam Bergman; Dr. Charles Hendricks; Dr. David Painter

  1. Introductions made around the table
  2. Moira O’Neill - explanation of Physicians for a National Health Plan and Maine AllCare
  3. Free ranging discussion about the current state of healthcare in the USA - mostly how amazingly dysfunctional it is, clinically as well as financially.
  4. How will we pay for universal coverage?
  5. How will Ellsworth/MDI engage with the wider public? How do we develop a unified message?

Plan going forward:

  1. Ellsworth/MDI will meet on a monthly basis. Next meeting will be on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4pm in the Moore Center again. We intend to alternate meeting sites between MDI and Ellsworth. Where can we meet on MDI?
  2. We decided that we first need to educate ourselves on these issues in order to develop a consistent message and talking points to share with the public. Bruce B. will email the group with suggested topics for research. Members can pick areas of interest, do research and present to group.

MIDCOAST CHAPTER

June 21, 2017, 5:30-7pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick

Attending: 16 members, 1 of whom is new.

MAC Board notes– Julie Pease from our MCC is on the Board.

  1. MAC is working on a list of uniform policies for chapters
  2. 5 active chapters– Chris & Julie going to Rockland to their initial chapter mtg. tomorrow.
  3. Chris is working to help other groups form Chapters.

Recent and Upcoming Events – SEE CALENDAR ON MAC WEBSITE FOR COMPLETE ROSTER/DATES OF MAC EVENTS

  1. Durham Friends Meeting hosting a showing of Now is the Time movie 6/25. Bill will do Q&A.
    • House parties – Wendy Flaschner is hosting one on 7/5. We’ll show Now is the Time movie , and do Q&A.
  2. As we move to do more public events, Chris Cayer has a spreadsheet of contact info, addresses of libraries, churches, organizations, etc., to finding hosts.

LD 1274 – not much happening right now (budget woes in Augusta!!) Summary to date:

  1. Voted out of committee (unanimously) to appoint a study group for report by the end of the year
    • Study group will consist of 16 members: 8 legislators; 2 insurance representatives; 2 consumers; 1 employer with 50 or more employees; 1 employer with less than 50 employees; 2 health care providers
  2. Legislature needs to approve funding for the study. Grants will be sought. If no funding, it may not happen.

Big Pharma: Market Failure - is a GREAT documentary produced by FixIt HealthCare folks. Available @ Fixit Healthcare.com. Also, there is now a 5’ version of Fix It. This would be good for venues like Rotary, where we get only a few minutes of time.

Field organizers: Chris Cayer –and Abbie Ryder – 5 months more on their contract . . .
Goals: Get 15,000 new supporters; Activate/train 150 new volunteers; Add 500 grass root donors; Grow/Add chapters; Mobilize resources

Events – need volunteers to work tables or do clip boarding. Digital sign-up sheet at this link: events: SIGN UP!
PLEASE TAKE INITIATIVE. TIME TO GET INVOLVED AND ACTIVE…thanks to those who have signed up already

Discussion

  1. We all need to become “experts” on the topic of universal health care
  2. Jean presented a Persuasion Map that might be useful in developing strategy
  3. Talking Points – Julie drafted them but they haven’t received the blessing of the board
  4. Elevator speech & a brief PDF – Bill Clark will email this to all
  5. Use of Google docs vs. Dropbox discussed (Google won)
  6. 3 main issues America has not yet agreed on: Is HC a right, or not; Is HC for people or profit; Should HC be bought and sold as a “commodity” (like butter or toothpaste or gasoline)
  7. 74 million people are on Medicaid- many of them are destitute elderly in Nursing Homes

Next meetings:
Dates: Thursday August 17th and Wednesday September 20th
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Place: UUC, Pleasant Street, Brunswick

 

PORTLAND CHAPTER

July 12, 2017, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland

Members present: Michael Bacon, Nancy Bogg, John Brewer, Dan Bryant (Leader), Beth Franklin, Larry Kaplan, Tom Mikulka, Nancy O’Hagan, Delene Perley, Marjorie Rosenbaum, Louise Somlyo, Dianne Wilkins

Guest: Abbie Ryder, Field Organizer (aryder@maineallcare.org, (207) 391-5876)

  1. Introductions
  2. Minutes of June 20, 2017 were approved.
  3. Beth summarized recent Board activities, including actions of new Field Organizers and Fundraisers, and the status of LD 1274 legislation and Task Force.
    Abbie reported on her and Chris’ work and achievements so far.
  4. Volunteer roles were briefly discussed, especially need for a secretary.
  5. Future chapter opportunities –
    Now Is the Time screenings in Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, and Westbrook were discussed, focusing on Westbrook initially.
    Tom discussed the upcoming (July 14) meeting of Elders for Future Generations with Senator Collins’ staff in Portland, to which he has kindly invited a MAC representative (Marilyn McWilliams), and presented their signed Endorsement.
    Action around Medicare’s 52nd anniversary (July 30) was discussed. Members felt we are already committed to signature-gathering and screenings planning, and that mounting a lastminute effort was not worthwhile.
  6. Further ideas were discussed –
    • Louise raised the question of the effect of passage of a Republican plan on our efforts.
    • Nancy Bogg brought up the idea of “official” T-shirts. Beth was asked to bring the idea up with the Board.
    • Delene recommended T.R. Reid’s film Sick around the World that can be streamed online (http://www.pbs.org/video/1050712790/).
  7. Meeting was adjourned at 8:30. Next meeting scheduled for August 23, AAUU church.
  8. Respectfully submitted, Dan Bryant