Mandy Strenz

Chapter Coordinator at PNHP - New York Metro. Drops her phone often.

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  • published Gala 2022 Contributions in Gala 2022 2022-04-14 14:47:39 -0400

  • published Gala 2022 Volunteer in Gala 2022 2022-04-12 19:06:50 -0400

    Gala 2022 Volunteer

    Help us make this year's gala the greatest yet! Volunteers help make the whole evening seamless and sensational.

    There are many roles to take on such as greeting and checking guests in, tending the bar, photography, set up and breakdown, selling raffle tickets, tending to the silent auction and more!

    Give us your name, email and phone below, and we will get in touch with you to discuss details! Thank you!  

    Become a volunteer

  • published Gala 2022 Silent Auction Donation in Gala 2022 2022-04-12 18:54:21 -0400

    Gala 2022 Silent Auction Donation

    PNHP relies on the generosity of our supporters and we would love your help in having the most successful silent auction yet!

    We'd like to include in our silent auction items such as gift certificates to restaurants and spas, seats to sporting events, theatre or concert tickets, the use of a vacation home or a getaway, wines or spirits, jewelry, beautiful items for the home, lessons, unique experiences and more!

    Please contact Cheryl Kunis if you would like to donate items: [email protected]

     

              


  • published Gala 2022 Ads in Gala 2022 2022-04-12 18:44:19 -0400

    Gala 2022 Ads

    Purchase virtual ad space for your organization or use the space to send a special message to our honorees.  We will project the ad at our event as well as distribute it to all attendees in our report-back of the event.

    $800: FULL-PAGE AD

    2 Gala Tickets included

    8.5 W x 11 H, min 300 dpi

     

    $500: HALF-PAGE AD

    1 Gala Ticket included

    8.5 W x 5.5 H, min 300 dpi

     

    $250: QUARTER-PAGE AD

    2.75 W x 4.25 H, min 300dpi

     

    ARTWORK SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

    June 4, 2022 by 4:00pm

    Send artwork or questions to Mandy: [email protected]

    Checks may be made payable to "PNHP-NY Metro" and mailed to our temporary pandemic mailing address:

    PNHP-NY Metro

    310 W. 86th St. #6B

    New York, NY 10024

       

    Donate

  • published Gala 2022 Tickets in Gala 2022 2022-04-12 17:54:03 -0400

  • published Lobby Day 2022 in Events 2022-04-07 23:33:33 -0400

    Logos for PNHP NY Metro and Students for a National Health Program

    2022 Virtual Lobby Day for Healthcare Workers, Residents, and Students

    Tuesday, May 3rd on Zoom

    Alt text: Image of doctors and medical students in their white coats with their fists raised holding a banner that reads: Health care is a human right - PNHP Physicians for a National Health Program.  There is text in the top left corner reading: \

    We are excited to invite you to our annual lobby day for healthcare workers and students, which will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd.  This year, the legislature has heard demands from many different groups in the health justice movement - we continue to be inspired by the growing strength of this movement!  While health is a major focus, we need to keep up the pressure to impress upon legislators in Albany just how essential it is to pass the New York Health Act and other legislation that would improve the lives of so many New Yorkers.

    To join us, please RSVP here.RSVP button in PNHP teal

    Our 2022 Virtual Lobby Day Goals:

    ✅ Pressure existing co-sponsors to be more active in their support of the NY Health Act (A6058/S5474), and meeting with encouraging skeptical legislators to address their concerns make them supporters

    ✅ Promote the End Medical Debt package of bills organized by the Community Service Society to help protect patients from predatory billing

    ✅ Engage and empower the healthcare community to participate in lobbying efforts with their legislators

     

    Events:

    We have a short series of events leading up to Lobby Day to help us build power and momentum.  Feel free to join any or all of them!

    🌟 Our virtual April educational forum on Tuesday, April 19 will share more information about both the NY Health Act and the End Medical Debt Campaign.  Sign up here.

    🌟 Stories are often the heart of our advocacy.  To that end, we are hosting a 2-part storytelling training for healthcare workers on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 - if you’d like to hone your storytelling skills, apply for the training here.

    🌟 We will be hosting a Lobby Skills training on Sunday, May 1st, to support participants to go into their lobby visits as prepared and powerful as possible.  To participate, indicate your interest on the Lobby Day RSVP form here.

     

    Support the Movement Today:

    ❗If you are a physician or medical student, please sign on to our Doctors for NY Health Petition now.

    ❗Please consider supporting Lobby Day with a financial contribution here.  Our programming would not be possible without the support of our generous community!

     

    Co-Sponsors of 2022 Lobby Day for Healthcare Workers, Residents, and Students:

    Campaign for NY Health Logo

    Logo for the New York State Academy of Family Physicians

    NY CD 16 Indivisible Logo


  • published Student Advocacy Fund in Students 2022-03-10 12:09:24 -0500

  • published Care for Every Body 5K in Events 2021-09-01 14:09:28 -0400

    Care for Every Body 5K

    Thank you to all participants and donors!

    Graphic with red background featuring a white circle with red silhouetted figures going around walking, rolling, running, biking, etc. Many figures are holding signs in support of single payer. Red bold text in the center reads: Care for Every Body 5k Fun Run Walk Roll

    On October 10, 2021, we ran, rolled, and strolled through the rain in support of a universal single-payer healthcare system!

    Thanks so much to the nearly seventy-five people who showed up in-person to participate in our first Care for Every Body 5K! It was wonderful to see longtime supporters as well as to meet people new to the movement - and to the city.

    Collage of pictures of people participating in 5k. Many are wearing red themed shirts, and others are carrying signs explaining why they support single payer.

    We would like to especially commend our Care for Every Body 5K fundraising champions!

    • Friendraising Phenom Prize (participant who had the most individual supporters): Melissa Morrone
    • Fundraising Phenom Prize (participant who raised the most): Peter Steinglass
    • Team Fundraising Prize (team which raised the most): Students for a National Health Program at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Picture of Margaret (a blonde white woman in pink shorts) at the finish line holding a NY Health Act sign

    And a special shout out to Margaret Geary for being the fastest runner of the day, completing our loop in just over 17 minutes!

    Collage of images of participants in red shirts - some on bikes, some with dogs, and one in a squirrel mask!  The lower part of the collage also features single payer masks.

    Care for Every Body T-SHIRTS are still available for order, as are our single-payer face masks!

    Trio of images of medical students holding multi-colored signs explaining why they support the New York Health Act. Most students are in purple t-shirts.

    We greatly appreciate everyone who participated in-person and remotely or donated - it would be impossible to continue our work without your generous support. Thanks to all the contributions from our participants and sponsors, and the hard work of our volunteers, we raised over $10,000 to continue the mission of the New York Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. 

    More fun photos from the 5K can be found here!

    Share your 5K photos! We would love to see them! You can upload them into this folder.

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    Learn more about the important work of our sponsors at the following links:

    Brooklyn for Peace
    Callen-Lorde
    Campaign for New York Health
    NY State Academy of Family Physicians
    NY State Nurses Association
    NY Statewide Senior Action Council
    Physicians for a National Health Program


  • published Medicare Advantage Statement in NYC Medicare Advantage 2021-07-06 17:48:01 -0400

    Medicare Advantage Statement


    Below is the statement that PNHP - NY Metro is issuing today denouncing this roll-back of access to affordable healthcare, hard won by the union movement. A campaign is developing to demand that the Mayor block this destructive move. If you'd like to help, or have questions, please email [email protected].

    Issued May 7, 2021

    The New York Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), as concerned healthcare providers and advocates, supports the many retired city employees who oppose New York City’s attempt to reduce the cost of its health benefits by moving its 245,000 retirees and their dependents from traditional public Medicare to a private Medicare Advantage plan. If carried out, this plan will limit retirees’ choice of physicians and hospitals, impose additional costs on them when they seek care, and vastly increase the hassles involved in finding and accessing care. And ultimately, it will not hold down the City’s costs. The Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations is moving to achieve an agreement with the Municipal Labor Committee (the coalition of city workers’ unions) to implement this new cutback in benefits starting this fall.

    Only progress toward a universal, publicly-funded plan such as the New York Health Act here in our state, and a Medicare for All program nationally, can contain costs and assure that every resident can get the care they need. The City’s move from traditional public Medicare to restrictive, privatized Medicare Advantage is a step backwards.

    Since its inception in 1965, Medicare has proven to be the most just and cost-efficient system we have to reimburse medical expenses.  By providing health insurance to everyone over age 65 and those with certain chronic illnesses or disabilities, Medicare covers everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, income, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  As a federally-run program, it is a non-profit system that avoids the high administrative costs associated with private insurance companies (14-18% for insurance companies versus 2% for Medicare).  With the vast majority of physicians and hospitals accepting Medicare, patients have a wide range of choice.

    Following limited efforts in the 1980s and 90s to open up Medicare to private insurers, in 2003 Congress created a new system of subsidized private insurance for Medicare beneficiaries which they labeled Medicare Advantage.  This is essentially a privatization of Medicare.  Because it replaces a public, low-overhead, nonprofit health insurance system with a private, high-overhead, for-profit system, it actually becomes a Medicare DIS-Advantage plan.  Since private insurance companies are profit-driven and have greater overhead costs, they need to take a variety of measures to reduce their spending on actual medical care (what they refer to as their “medical loss ratio”). 

    Medicare Advantage plans pay physicians and hospitals less than traditional Medicare and make it more difficult, through prior authorization requirements and delayed payments, for them to provide care and receive their reimbursements. As a consequence, many Medicare providers refuse to join Medicare Advantage.  This leads to limited networks of providers in a service area, restricting patients’ choice of physician and hospital.  Medicare Advantage plans save money by requiring patient copays, thereby shifting costs onto patients and thus discouraging medical care visits.  These plans also require prior authorization by the insurer before many needed services can be delivered – delaying care, often in times of great medical need. They avoid paying for expensive services by denying recommended care, limiting networks to less costly providers, and forcing patients to go out of their network to get the care they need. The results can be costly and even deadly to patients.

    Ultimately, Medicare Advantage is morally unacceptable. It replaces an equitable public system and its mission to serve the public and meet patients’ needs with a private system that sees medical costs as a loss that it tries, in a variety of harmful ways, to limit and reduce.  Profit has no place in health care. Instead, what has happened is that “Medicare Advantage is the most lucrative niche in the insurance market, as long as Congress wants to keep it as such” (Robinson, JAMA Int. Med., Sept 2017).  

    Insurers recruit patients into Medicare Advantage plans through massive, misleading advertising campaigns, telling them that these plans give more benefits than traditional Medicare such as gym memberships and vision and dental coverage.  The companies especially seek those who are healthy and will cost them less. Many patients who sign up don’t understand that they will not have traditional Medicare. When they get sick and discover the cost and hassles of getting care, they flee back to traditional MedicareIf this plan is adopted, City retirees won’t have that option unless they pay their healthcare costs individually or through costly Medigap private insurance plans.

    Instead of looking to the private sector to save money, New York City should be supporting actions that get at the root of the healthcare cost problem:  a market-driven financing system and a lack of regulation at the state and federal levels to set “reasonable prices” for healthcare services.

    The City should recognize that a publicly-funded healthcare financing system, “Medicare for All” nationally and the New York Health Act in our state, is the only way to truly contain healthcare costs.  Billions now spent on wasteful administrative costs, advertising, and profits would be available to pay for healthcare for everyone. The NY Health Act would save NYC far more than the $600 million that the City claims the Medicare Advantage takeover would save annually, while improving everyone's health benefits rather than undermining them. Nationally, support for a single-payer system has never been stronger.  Here in New York, we have an unprecedented opportunity to pass the New York Health Act, which would guarantee access to healthcare for every New Yorker regardless of employment or immigration status. The bill has the support of a majority of the members of the State Legislature (and a supermajority in the Assembly). The Mayor and the New York City Council have expressed their support for the New York Health Act. The City must not encourage the privatization of public Medicare and must instead move forward and support a universal healthcare program that will successfully contain costs. Going backward to private insurance is not an acceptable way of providing healthcare for our people -- whether retired, employed, or unemployed.

    SEE ALSO:

    • PNHP financial analysis "City’s Plan Will Reduce Retiree Health Care by 24%" here.
    • PNPH press release including statements from physicians here.

  • published Single Payer Honorees 2021 Donation Page in Events 2021-06-24 16:07:30 -0400

  • published Single Payer Honorees 2021 Recurring Donor in Events 2021-06-24 16:04:33 -0400

  • published Single Payer Honorees 2021 in Events 2021-05-26 12:57:56 -0400

    Single Payer Honorees 2021

    As New York finally begins to re-emerge from the lockdown, PNHP-NY Metro is ramping up the next phase of the fight for health justice. Universal, publicly-financed healthcare is increasingly on the political agenda. We’re asking for your help in moving toward victory. 

    The perfect symbols of our advances are our three Single Payer and Health Justice Honorees. Each has long worked to educate, agitate and organize in their respective sectors -- poor people, labor unions, and the healthcare community. We are happy to unveil short videos by or about all three Honorees.

    Our 2021 Single Payer Champions are:

    • Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
    • Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival 
    • Cheryl Kunis, MD, MS - Clinical Professor of Medicine Emerita and Special Lecturer, Columbia University; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; clinical nephrologist and bioethicist; Board member of PNHP - NY Metro

     

    This year has shown unprecedented interest in and support for single payer at both the state and national levels. At this critical time, as we continue to organize, we’re asking you, our loyal supporters, to help keep our efforts strong!

    Watercolor text reading: Support the Movement

    Ways you can help grow this movement for health justice:

    1. Making a one-time donation to support our work by visiting: https://www.pnhpnymetro.org/honorees2021_donate

    2. Become a monthly sustainer to support our ongoing programming by visiting: https://www.pnhpnymetro.org/honorees2021_recurring

    3. Buy a face mask! Shop here: www.bit.ly/m4amasks