Universal Health Insurance To Top 2008 Agenda

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Service Employees InternationalUnion officials onFriday said that the issue of universal health insurance will top the policyagenda for the group in 2008, CongressDaily reports. According toSEIU Treasurer-Secretary Anna Burger, the union this year plans to spend atleast $75 million, in large part to pay about 2,000 members to take leave fromtheir jobs to advocate for the agenda. Burger added that SEIU will leave theinfrastructure in place after the 2008 election to lobby lawmakers to addressthe issue of universal health insurance "within the first 100 days"of the new administration.

This year, SEIU will lobby lawmakers for an increase in the percentage ofmatching funds states receive for Medicaid as part of an economic stimuluspackage and work with Senate Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa) and House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair Pete Stark (D-Calif.) on two bills thatwould regulate nursing homes (Johnson, CongressDaily, 1/18).

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