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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:45 PM

Hurricane Sandy First Responders Win Health Benefits After Viral Online Campaign (Thanks DU)


Many DUers signed the online petition for this. Wishadoo is a DUer btw.


http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/13/1180321/hurricane-sandy-first-responders-win-health-benefits-after-viral-online-campaign/?mobile=nc

By Sy Mukherjee on Nov 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Last week, Dena Patrick of Wishadoo! — an online charitable organization — posted a Change.org petition calling for the federal government to provide Hurricane Sandy first responders with health benefits, since thousands of disaster relief workers do not currently qualify for coverage. Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) granted her request, announcing that it will immediately begin providing permanent health benefits to more than 8,000 disaster assistance employees who work on intermittent or temporary schedules.



The Change.org petition drew tens of thousands of signatures within days, prompting OPM to open up the Federal Employee Health Benefits plan to “certain employees who work on intermittent schedules” to correct for the long-standing benefit shortfall:

“This regulatory change removes a longstanding barrier to coverage for FEMA’s disaster assistance employees who are helping the recovery effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” said John Berry, director of OPM.

The agency referred to the decision to grant seasonal firefighters health benefits in July as a sort of precedent for offering benefits to reservists, or part-time disaster workers, according to a government document. Currently, reservists make up the majority of about 3,000 FEMA employees sent to areas affected by the hurricane. Until Friday, they were offered federal health care benefits only when deployed.

FULL story at link.

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Reply Hurricane Sandy First Responders Win Health Benefits After Viral Online Campaign (Thanks DU) (Original post)
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
rocktivity Nov 2012 #1
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #2
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 #3
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #4
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 #5
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #6
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #7
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #8
BanzaiBonnie Nov 2012 #9
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #10
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 #12
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #11

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:46 PM

1. CUE THE VONAGE THEME!


rocktivity

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:51 PM

2. Excellent!

I had signed the petition for the firefighters as well....I think Change.org is wonderful beyond words.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:57 PM

3. Change dot org has changed in just the last few weeks


They now work BOTH sides of the fence. I trusted them. I signed a petition based on the title. It was actually a pro business initiative, that was anti worker. OOPS.

OS

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:00 PM

4. I had read about that change. I read everything before I sign....

it's just habit. Did you complain to them about the misleading title?

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:08 PM

5. A change.orger was kicked out of a group I'm in over this



And yes I did.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:12 PM

6. Good!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:22 PM

7. K&R! This is the power of the people to make change!

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:59 PM

8. Thanks, Omaha Steve! I posted a couple of days ago, wanting to thank everyone and...

hopefully inspire others to see that standing up and speaking out for one another can result in positive change. And, amazingly, pretty fast in this case!

I was also so very proud to have Wishadoo described as a "grassroots community organizing site" in this article:

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/11/part-time-fema-workers-now-eligible-health-care-benefits/59421/?oref=dropdown



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021789277

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:15 PM

9. And we will always remember that Glenn Beck hates Wishadoo

because it's one of those community organizing groups.

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:15 PM

10. I still get nasty comments from his followers periodically...

Probably as a result of me being a member of DU more than anything.

Oh well, c'est la vie.

I appreciate him including Wishadoo in his diatribe a couple of years ago. That experience made it VERY clear to me that I needed to stand up and proudly use those words as often as possible and not shrink from them even though they've been demonized for decades. And to invite others to put it into action.

Compassion, Cooperation and Community.

It became my clarion call.

So, thanks Glenn Beck!





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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:21 PM

12. They can blow it out their .....


You get the idea.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:56 PM

11. What a contrast to Bush era treatment of first responders.

Hot damn!!!!!

And many many many thanks to you, Steve, for your role in bringing this to our attention.

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