Shanese Alexander, of Cleveland, Ohio, is one of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH’s many member leaders stepping up to defend the ACA while delivering quality care to her patients. Every day Shanese is out in her community visiting the homes of her patients to help ensure they can stay at home safely while receiving the care they need. This model of in-home care for those with mild to moderate healthcare needs is much more cost efficient than in-patient care, and the visiting nurse and home-care profession has become one of the fasting growing jobs in recent years. Aside from providing health care, Shanese also performs some light housekeeping, cooks, makes sure her patients take their medications as prescribed and they keep their doctor’s appointments.
Though she agrees health care industry needs to be more efficient overall, Shanese hopes our elected lawmakers understand the importance of her work and avoid making cuts to this cost efficient care option. If lawmakers decide to cut programs and funding for home care, “That would mean a lot of people without service. Sometimes we’re the only people they see” claims Shanese. Shanese has been on the front lines in Cleveland fighting to protect the ACA on behalf of her family, her patients, and her community.
You can hear her story as part of Don Gonyea’s story on NPR here: http://www.npr.org/2017/05/19/529175744/health-care-industry-drives-job-growth-at-the-expense-of-efficiency