Health Care Legislation
The availability of affordable and reliable health care for all U.S. fishermen has become an unusually serious problem. The SSA joined other U.S. fisheries in support of “The Commercial Fishing Industry Health Care Coverage Act of 2008” by sending letters to the membership’s U.S. Senators and Representatives. The legislation would allow states and organizations to develop health plans based on regional needs and provide affordable, quality coverage to fishing families. Success in this endeavor will not only benefit all shrimp fishermen in the southeast, but all U.S. fishermen and their families. Unfortunately, while the SSA remains committed to this endeavor, throughout 2009 virtually all activity in this arena was mired in the larger national health care debate.
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