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NEA Issue Explainer

Health Care

Every American has a right to comprehensive, affordable health coverage—especially the children who are our nation’s future.
Published: December 2, 2021
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Our children deserve the chance for a healthy start in life, including treatment for physical and mental illnesses that affect their ability to learn and succeed in school.

 NEA advocates for students and educators covered by federal health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program. We support strengthening each of these programs as well as the Affordable Care Act.

Speak Up For Students and Public Schools

When we act together and lift our voices together in unison, we can improve the lives of children.
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Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).