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Healthcare

Surviving my adolescence with a disability and paying for my essential medical coverage was an immense challenge, which is why I am a fierce advocate and supporter of applying pressure to our state legislature to pass a Universal Single-Payer Healthcare System. It is vital we do so as quickly as possible, not only in lieu of the urgent public health crisis caused by COVID-19, but also for the thousands of New Yorkers who have been left without coverage and unable to see a doctor for years. It is imperative that the City Council urges the state legislature to support this legislation. 

Shaeleigh's Plan

  • Support for a basic single-payer insurance regardless of coverage or immigration status.

  • Call for a Citywide moratorium on hospital closures especially during the pandemic. Hospital closures are not an option. 

  • Supports the establishment of health planning boards to include the health care worker and not the investors to partake in decision making for budgets or staffing needs in a given health institution. 

  • Support for developing and maintaining senior and community centers within the district.

  • Call for the opening of LGBTQIA+ friendly public bathrooms in larger commercial areas as well as in certain bus and subway stations. 

Shaeleigh's Vision

City Care

  • Severino for City Council supports a basic single-payer insurance regardless of coverage or immigration status, without this there will be less able-bodied people to work, a small population of people with incomes that can support economic growth.  

 

  • Severino for City Council will create a Citywide moratorium on hospital closures especially during the pandemic. Hospital closures are not an option. 

  • Severino for City Council supports the establishment of health planning boards to include the health care worker and not the investors to partake in decision making for budgets or staffing needs in a given health institution. 

  • Severino for City Council calls for the increase of access to healthcare facilities to immigrants and working-class individuals and uninsured groups to ensure that quality care does not require traveling beyond the means. 

  • Severino for City Council will expand city support for health clinics and staff to limit long wait times. 

  • Severino for City Council will request data transparency within hospital administration  and the functionality of funds in regards to spending outcomes, lawsuits across all public and private medical institutions. 

  • Severino for City Council will call for the termination of  geographic or zip code based funding for hospitals and clinics, hence opting for a more equitable model that distributes funds based on annual reported needs with the assistance of community leaders and groups. 

  • Severino for City Council will address the health concerns of environmental impacts on development programs like ULURP and rezoning requirements to ensure that said developments do not come at the expense of the health of the citizens. 

  • Severino for City Council will call for the opening of LGBTQIA+ friendly public bathrooms in larger commercial areas as well as in certain bus and subway stations 

Healthcare Workers

  • Severino for City Council supports a minimum staffing ratio of nurses to patients to ensure that nurses are not overworked. 

  • Severino for City Council supports uniformed patient care standards such as PPE stores and infection control protocols to be implemented and regularly trained annually for all medical facilities that receive city funds with the said healthcare worker compensated for the time. 

  • Severino for City Council supports addressing the scope of work practices limitations for nurses and EMS to see what actually needs the presence of a doctor or not, especially in a life or death situation which should be protected in the good samaritan laws.

  • Severino for City Council supports an increased pay of FDNY EMS first responders and paramedics so that they can earn a living wage for the work they do. This would mean raising the pay to match the level of training. 

  • Severino for City Council supports retroactive hazard pay distribution for the work done during the height of the pandemic (March-July). 

  • Severino for City Council will fight to have quality emotional and stress therapy for all members of the EMS/Paramedics working in the city of New York. 

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