Health Care for All- Minnesota is a partnership of individuals and organizations committed to enacting single-payer health care in Minnesota. Below is a current list of our Strategic Partner organizations in the broader community.
If your organization would like to join the Health Care for All- Minnesota Coalition please review the Coalition Membership form, complete and return to 2469 University Ave W. Suite 150W, Saint Paul, MN 55114.
- Individuals should sign up via the Join Us page.
AFSCME Council 65 covers the entire state of Minnesota, with the exception of the State employees, Metro Minneapolis/St Paul area, and metro Duluth and St. Louis County Employees. They go from International Falls to Worthington to Rochester and have staff all over the state who service their immediate area. Council 65 works to improve the pay and working conditions of its members and is committed to winning respect and appreciation through strong contracts for the public employees of Greater Minnesota.AFSCME Council 65 joined MUHCC in 2009.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.
The League of Women Voters of the United States undertook a two-year study of the funding and delivery of health care in the US and announced its final position in April 1993. When the Minnesota Universal Health Care Committee was formed, the Minnesota League joined to further the goal of universal health care on a state basis. The League's Position states "The League of Women Voters of the US believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all US residents. Other US health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care."
MAPE is a union of state professional employees working in all sectors across the state. They have 12,000 members. In September 2007, the MAPE Delegate Assembly identified single-payer universal health care as a legislative priority. MAPE supports universal single-payer health care because MAPE believes health care is a right of all Minnesotans. Health care must be available to everyone, and a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system is the only method that can provide universal health care while reducing health care costs without damaging quality of care.
Minnesota COACT (Citizens Organized Acting Together) is a statewide citizens' organization of 12,000 members. COACT's mission is to educate and organize people to empower themselves to take action in the democratic process on social justice issues, including single-payer and maintaining family farms as stewards of the land. COACT has been organizing for single-payer universal health care since helping to get the first single-payer bill introduced in 1991 as part of the Health Care Campaign of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Farmers Union has long been a strong supporter of universal single-payer health care. Without a doubt, health care access and cost have risen to the top of issues concerning the farmers and rural residents we represent. MFU is also very concerned about the next generation of farmers. Options for affordable, accessible health care are a huge concern for young farmers. This would be addressed by adopting a universal single- payer system.
Minnesota Independent Field Staff and Clerical Association
The Minnesota Independent Field Staff and Clerical Association (MIFSCA) is the unaffiliated association of the 22 non-supervisory employees of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, Greater Minnesota Council 65. Members of MIFSCA assist AFSCME Council 65 members with the negotiation and enforcement of their labor agreements, legal assistance, education, and training.
Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) is a new non-profit committed to building power in low-income and moderate-income neighborhoods through community organizing, civic engagement, political mobilization, and education. NOC is a member-funded and member-run organization that takes on the social and economic justice issues that impact our community the most. Whether it's huge issues like healthcare and bank reform, or a small neighborhood concern like getting a stop sign installed at a dangerous intersection, NOC members work together to apply their collective strength and get things done.
Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) is a strong and vital organization of over 20,000 dedicated registered nurses. Since 1905, Minnesota Nurses Association members have effectively influenced health care policy and practice. And today, no other agency is better prepared than the Minnesota Nurses Association to insist on and facilitate the change needed to ensure quality healthcare in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) is a grassroots, non-partisan, nonprofit, student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota. MPIRG works with nine colleges and universities in Minnesota. In October 2009 the MPIRG Board of Directors voted to make single-payer health care and the Minnesota Health Plan a priority issue for advocacy and organizing.
The National Association of Social Workers, both in Washington, DC and in Minnesota, has consistently supported the adoption of a universal single-payer health care delivery system nationally and in Minnesota, because it is the most affordable, most democratic means to deliver necessary, reasonable physical and mental health care to every resident, regardless of income or employment status. Health care is really a basic civil right in a decent society, and it is an international scandal that the wealthiest nation on Earth cannot claim to be the healthiest nation on Earth.
The Minnesota chapter of the Network of Spiritual Progressives aims to build a local organization that will exemplify the way a new bottom line of love, compassion, community, fairness and peace can shape a healthy community and political process. They hold regular meetings, engage in specific activities to apply progressive spiritual principles to needs in local communities and the nation, and provide information and support to others who want to ground their work in spiritual principles.
The Older Women’s League is the “voice of midlife and older women”. There are OWL state chapters across the United States. Central to OWL’s mission is advocacy for “comprehensive accessible healthcare coverage that is publicly administered and financed and includes long-term care”. OWL was a pioneer in supporting single-payer health care. OWL joined MUHCC in 2008.
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is dedicated exclusively to implementing a single-payer national health program in the United States. We believe access to high-quality health care is a right of all people and should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity. Our work involves educating health care providers and the general public on the need for comprehensive, high-quality, publicly-funded but privately delivered health care. The Minnesota Chapter (PNHP-MN) was formed in the summer of 2007. Our members speak extensively to groups and organizations about single-payer health care.
TakeAction Minnesota is an alliance of organizations and individuals united behind a vision for racial, social and economic justice. They are the only permanent, multi-issue, multi-constituency organization in Minnesota. TakeAction has 30 dues-paying member organizations, together representing more than 350,000 Minnesotans and approximately 10,000 individual members. TakeAction does grassroots organizing in four main areas: Health Care, Hmong Community, Native American Community, and Strengthening Democracy/ Electing Progressive Champions.
... Employer provided health care is dangerously close to becoming a thing of the past. If we don’t put in place a more accessible, efficient, quality driven and affordable plan, more working men and women will be relegated to the growing number of uninsured. This isn’t just the opinion of one Union President, but the opinion of a growing number of experts in the health care delivery business...
HCAMn collaborates with the Greater Minnesota Health Care Coalition in coordinating the Campaign for the Minnesota Health Plan, a statewide effort to educate, advocate and mobilize Minnesotans to enact the Minnesota Health Act (SF0008 / HF0051) which would create a single comprehensive health plan covering every Minnesota resident. GMHCC is a coalition of three regional partners: Central Minnesota Senior Federation, Minnesota Citizens Federation Northeast, and Seven County Senior Federation.