Media Coverage

Senate approval of ‘health for all’ bill gives new hope to Merced’s undocumented workers

Photo by Andrew Kuhn

By Ana B. Ibarra
aibarra@mercedsunstar.com
Published: June 11, 2015

Two years ago, Merced resident Adelina Hernandez was forced to quit her job in the fields.

A sharp pain on her left side made it difficult for her to crouch down or do any heavy lifting.

She knew medical attention was necessary, but without health insurance, a clinic visit would cost her more than half a day’s earnings – something she and her husband, who also works in the fields, could not afford.

She found herself postponing medical attention, until the pain became unbearable, she said.

Hernandez, 38, is one of an estimated 24,000 undocumented immigrants...
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Building Parental Leadership in LCFF Implementation

Photo and story by Claudia J. Gonzalez

By: Claudia Gonzalez
Published: June 10, 2015

Maria Vasquez, mother of four Merced students, is always on the lookout for ways to get involved with her children’s education.
“I’m here because I want my kids to be educated and successful, but I also want them to be good people whom love and help their community,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez was one of more than 50 diverse Merced parents and community members who participated in last week’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) community workshop, organized by a coalition of local organizations and held at the Boys and Girls Club.

Parents were given an overview of LCFF, the landmark 2013 education...
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Marilyn Mochel: Cannella made right call in supporting Health 4 All

Letters to the Editor

Published: June 10, 2015

I’m writing to express my appreciation for Sen. Anthony Cannella’s support for Senate Bill 4, the Health 4 All bill. Sen. Cannella’s representative at our local Health 4 All Forum last month demonstrated language and cultural competence as he listened to testimonies and answered questions. Because of Sen. Cannella’s vote, over 24,000 people in Merced County are now one step closer to receiving health care that they need and deserve. I applaud Sen. Cannella and Sen. Andy Vidak for their understanding of the importance of health care for all people in California.

I share the American Nurses Association’s position that “health care is a basic human...
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Rosaura Muratalla: Staying informed on funding formula important

Letters to the Editor

Published: June 8, 2015

Creating a healthy local school plan that benefits all of Merced’s children requires input, feedback and engagement from all parents/providers. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) provides one of those opportunities that can make a difference. But its success depends on all of us – parents, students and concerned community members – becoming better informed and on how the extra funding from LCFF will support our schools and will help our kids achieve academic success.

As a parent, I applaud those who attended the LCFF 101 Parent Training provided by Building Healthy Communities Merced last on May 27. As a parent, I need to be involved and informed...
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Health Care For All: Undocumented Lives Matter

photo by Mark Chalico

by Jacqueline Hernandez
May 28, 2015

Ed Note: Jacqueline Hernandez is a 22 year old resident of South Merced. Currently a student at Merced College, Hernandez began working with MOP (Merced Organizing Project) when she realized issues in her community could be changed through unity and effort.

Hernandez is part of a large cadre of residents, youth and community organizations that are advocating in support of SB4, a California bill that if passed would provide health coverage to all Californians, regardless of immigration status. The following is an opinion editorial by Hernandez, detailing why she feels SB4 is the logical step for Merced County and California.

There is no...
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Miranda Myers: Everyone should have access to better health care

Letters to the Editor

Published: May 15, 2015

A health care system that excludes anyone hurts everyone because prevention is more powerful than treatment. Our city is healthier when everyone has access to quality health care.

Imagine if some residents only received health care when they visited the emergency room. Emergency rooms are for emergencies; they are not for preventative or specialty health care. And visits to the emergency room are expensive, and all taxpayers will need to pay the bill eventually.

It doesn’t matter if someone was born in California, or if California was born in them, everyone should have access to preventative health care.

Miranda Myers, Atwater
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Liliana Prado: Undocumented but still contributing to society

Letters to the Editor

Published: May 15, 2015

Others may see it differently but it’s a fact, migrant undocumented workers are a critical component to our economy. They contribute billions in tax dollars alone, yet do not get the basic services that most have due to their status. Undocumented or not, they are people. They are our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers. We must look past creed and culture to understand that basic services such as health care and others are a human-right regardless of status. That is why in Merced County I support Health4All, because my neighbors, my friends, my co-workers deserve it as well as the millions in California.

Liliana Prado, Merced Read more

Karina Hernandez Ceseña: Health care is a human right

Letters to the Editor

Published: May 15, 2015

It just makes sense that undocumented residents should have access to health care coverage. They pay about $3 billion a year in state sales taxes alone. They are productive, but more importantly, they are human beings. I was proud of the Merced community on May 8 when about 250 residents attended a health-care-for-all event and let their voices be heard. Health care is a human right!
Karina Hernandez Ceseña, Merced
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Merced groups seek health coverage for undocumented immigrants

By Ana B. Ibarra
aibarra@mercedsunstar.com
Published: May 11, 2015

More than 250 people gathered at Tenaya Middle School in south Merced on Friday to ask that health care be accessible to all, regardless of immigration status.

The event, led by community residents and local nonprofits, gave those who are unable to obtain health care coverage a forum in which to share how the lack affects their everyday lives.

Currently, undocumented immigrants are excluded from the benefits of the federal Affordable Care Act. It is estimated that Merced County has about 24,000 undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for coverage – approximately 10 percent of the county’s population.

According to organizers, the event was held in...
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Dr. Tim Livermore: Access to health care is best way to prevent disease

Letters to the Editor

Published: May 4, 2015

Illness and injuries happen to us all. A cough, fever, or headache does not care who you are.

I am a doctor specializing in public health and general preventive medicine. I am also the county health officer with the Merced County Department of Public Health. A contagious disease like the flu will find you and your family, no matter who you are or where you live. But we can control the spread of illness with prevention. Prevention works best if you have access to health care: insurance and a primary care provider.

A primary care provider knows you and can see you soon when needed....
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