Have you or someone you are close to experienced any challenges or frustrations with healthcare - especially regarding costs, access to care, or quality? If so, we invite you to share your story as part of a “listening campaign,” organized through our work with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). Continue Reading for background and details on upcoming events.
The first two meetings of this listening campaign are scheduled for:
- Sunday, January 21, 2018 at BETC, Zonis Auditorium, 9 – 10:30 AM. Light breakfast served.
- Monday, February 5, 2018 at John Weiss’s house, 237 Appleton Street, Arlington, MA from 7 - 8:30 PM. Desserts and healthy snacks provided.
Since 1998, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), comprised of more than 50 religious organizations and other local institutions, has pursued social justice within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Beth El Temple Center joined GBIO’s efforts in the fall of 2004, and has been active in several campaigns.
The passage of Massachusetts’s 2006 Health Reform Law was a landmark victory for GBIO and the residents of Massachusetts. Under this law, more than 450,000 previously uninsured residents were able to receive health insurance. The reform became the model for the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) signed in 2010, with most provisions becoming effective in 2014.
GBIO continues to focus on state-level means to improve healthcare, particularly related to escalating costs and access to care. The BETC/GBIO team is seeking your input through a Temple-wide “listening campaign.” We are aware that people are being hammered with out-of-pocket expenses -- co-pays and deductibles -- or costly surprises, such as when an anesthesiologist is out-of-network or when a provider will not accept Mass Health or other insurance policies.
Right now, we would like to know what particular issues keep you awake at night, or what are you angry enough to want to do something about. These stories will help GBIO focus its collective efforts on those issues that are both actionable and winnable, as well as of broad and deep concern to its members. And it requires us to come together to share actual experiences and personal stories (as opposed simply to political opinions) involving healthcare in Massachusetts.