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Mayor Manny Diaz, Commissioner Heyman, Rep. Brise, Community Health Leaders and Healthcare Workers to Hold Press Conference to Push for Healthcare Reform

MIAMI, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress prepares for Sen. Edward Kennedy's long-awaited healthcare overhaul bill, American Health Choices Act, to be introduced, a bipartisan group of city, county, and state officials will join together with leaders from Borinquen Health Care Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Florida to lend support for comprehensive healthcare reform that includes a high quality and affordable public health insurance option. The press conference will take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Borinquen Health Care Center, 3601 Federal Highway in Miami.

With an estimated 600,000 people in Miami-Dade who are uninsured, lawmakers expect Kennedy's bill, which includes a policy backed by the government for the public good, will help ease the economic strain put on hospitals and premiums of those with insurance. A recent report in the American Journal of Medicine found medical bills are involved in more than 60 percent of U.S. personal bankruptcies. Three-fourths of those were families with health insurance.

    Who:        State Representative Ronald Brise,
                City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz
                Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman
                Paul C. Velez, Chief Administrative Officer, Borinquen Health
                Care Center
                Martha Baker, RN, President SEIU Local 1991
                Julia Recibo, Kendall Hospital healthcare worker

    What:       Press event to lend support to American Health Choices Act,
                the long-awaited healthcare reform bill that includes a high
                quality and affordable public health insurance option.

    When:       11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

    Where:      Borinquen Health Care Center, first floor lobby
                3601 Federal Highway, Miami

SOURCE SEIU Healthcare Florida
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