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The COVID-19 pandemic revealed that our own health depends on the health of the person next to us. Ensuring that others can get needed care protects us and our communities.
The Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act would guarantee necessary health care, including prescription drugs, to everyone at no cost to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UVI along with our parent organization, People's Action are one of the original sponsors of the People’s Bailout principles, which include:
We also urge our elected officials to adhere to the following additional principles:
Essential workers are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and many are working in high-risk conditions without appropriate equipment, safety standards, or job protections. Workers who remain on the job without the ability to telework during this emergency include doctors, nurses, home care workers and other healthcare workers, grocery store and drug store employees, domestic workers, food service workers, federal, state, and municipal employees, janitorial staff, farm workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, transportation workers, and child care workers. These workers put their health on the line when they go to work every day.