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Mom Sues Centennial Hills Hospital: “If insurance didn’t matter, my 22 year-old daughter would be alive.”

(This story originally appeared on SEIU Nevada’s blog.) As Congress contemplates kicking millions of Americans off their health insurance, a Las Vegas woman says her 22-year-old daughter is dead after a local emergency room refused her treatment because she lacked insurance. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPfNFom0sbk[/embed] The lawsuit, filed by Amy Vilela against Centennial Hills Hospital, alleges that on June 3, 2015, ER staff told Vilela’s daughter, Shalynne Ramos, to come back when she had insurance. Vilela alleges the hospital failed to meet the minimum…

Opinion: Why Courts Matter for the Muslim Community

Since 9/11, the Muslim American community has been enduring hateful speech, discrimination, excessive screening at airports, bullying, vandalism, and even death as a result of increasing anti-Muslim bigotry in recent years. From the outset of his campaign, now-President Donald Trump has perpetrated—and encouraged—hate speech toward the Muslim community without remorse or regard for its devastating consequences. This includes a comment that “Islam hates us” and accusing Muslim Americans of protecting terrorists. (more…)

Opinion: ESA Vouchers Are Not the Solution for Nevada’s Schools

Imagine a wealthy casino magnate decides that traffic is too much and he wants to helicopter into work.  Imagine that casino magnate asking the government for $5,000 a year to help defray costs, particularly since he isn’t personally using the roads that need repair. Imagine a celebrity performer decides that she needs greater protection so she hires her own security detail. Imagine that celebrity performing asking the government for $5,000 a year to help defray costs, particularly since this reduces…

UHS owns and operates Valley Health System facilities in Nevada.

Guest Blog: Valley Health Systems “Profits Over Patients” Scandal Old News to Las Vegans

In December, BuzzFeed reported allegations against hospital giant UHS of bed-filling at all costs.  The story sent the company’s stock plummeting. The odyssey-like stories of patients held involuntarily in psych wards hit home for Las Vegas resident Judy Hendrickson, who in 2012, fought to free her elderly father from a three-day hold in Desert Springs Hospital’s Geropsych unit.   (more…)

Opinion: Energy Efficiency Pays

Advocates for clean energy and energy efficiency applauded a unanimous decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada on Wednesday to reconsider cuts to popular energy-efficient lighting rebates. Last year the PUC ended rebate programs for LED lighting, despite the fact that efficiency programs save consumers money, reduce energy bills, cut pollution and create jobs. (more…)