National Nurses United

California Nurse magazine April 2006

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A P R I L 2 0 0 6 W W W . C A L N U R S E S . O R G C A L I F O R N I A N U R S E 3 FEATU R ES 8 An Age-Old Dilemma At age 64, Luke Asbury is too old to qualify for or afford his own insurance, but isn't old enough to get Medicare. Paying for healthcare out of his own pocket means he skips prostate antigen tests, skimps on his daily dosage of medications, and hasn't been out to see a movie in eight months. Is this what we want for our seniors, for ourselves? By Lucia Hwang 12 A Work in Progress Must public health activists go begging for low-profit vaccines in a high-profit drug marketplace? By Carl Bloice and Conn Hallinan 18 Living History Elizabeth Pataki has lived through many changes in her 46-year career as an RN. Everything she's seen convinces her that nurses must be activists to do their jobs right. By Lucia Hwang DEPARTMENTS 4 News Briefs Katrina reunion highlights the nation's dire need for a single- payer healthcare system with an equal standard of care; March bargaining news from around the state 7 Fightin' Words How California nurses are cleaning up politics and challenging corporations for the health of our kids and future generations. By Rose Ann DeMoro 18 on the cover: Volunteer RNs who cared for Hurricane Katrina survivors reunited on March 15 in San Francisco to share stories and explain why the best disaster prevention is extending Medicare to everybody. Photograph by Jaclyn Higgs. 8 Contents An article titled "Behind the Redwood Curtain" that ran in the March 2006 issue may have left readers unclear about whether St. Joseph Health System—Humboldt County in Eureka accepts Medi-Cal patients. St. Joseph Health System—Humboldt County does accept Medi-Cal patients.

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