Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Fwd: ANS -- Healthy California Act Wins Support from Senate Committee in Push for Universal Healthcare

Hi ANS group -- I usually try not to ask you all to sign things, as I feel I don't want to abuse this newsletter, but the person who sent me the info has asked, so here is her email, and you can use your own judgement as to sign or get involved or just delete.  
Thanks for your tolerance.

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From: Mindy 
Date: Tue, May 2, 2017 at 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: ANS -- Healthy California Act Wins Support from Senate Committee in Push for Universal Healthcare
To: Kim Cooper <kimc0240@gmail.com>

Thanks, Kim, for reporting this.

The next step is getting through Senate Appropriations (at this point the financing details will have been added to the bill). Then it goes to the Senate floor. If it passes, it starts again with the Assembly (health, appropriations, and full Assembly floor). Then Governor Brown gets to pass or veto.

Healthy CA is hoping to get this all done in 1 year, but it may go into the second half of the 2 year cycle.

Is it appropriate to ask all your recipients to sign their support at healthycaliforniaact.org ?  Businesses, organizations and faith based affiliates can send an endorsement letter (sample letter on site). Businesses can join Business Alliance for HealthyCA—get businesses to sign up.  https://www.ba4hcal.org/

The only way we can be heard over the powerful special interests (insurance and pharmaceuticals) is to speak up and get active. "The proof that one truly believes is in action." Bayard Rustin (advisor to MLK)

Thanks again, Mindy

On May 2, 2017, at 1:37 AM, Kim Cooper <kimc0240@gmail.com> wrote:

In California, the Healthy California Act, a universal health care bill, SB 562, has passed out of committee.  It needs to go through finance, and then it should get voted on.  California has passed this before, when they knew the governor would veto it.  Let's see what happens this time.  They could lead the country to universal health care (it includes dental!).  
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Healthy California Act Wins Support from Senate Committee in Push for Universal Healthcare

April 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today California took a major step toward universal health coverage when Senate Health Committee members voted 5-2 to approve the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562). Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) have proposed to cover all California residents with a publicly run plan.

Click here to read the full text of SB 562.

"With today's vote we are closer to being able to say, once and for all, that healthcare is not a privilege, it's a human right," said Senator Ricardo Lara. "Every family, every child, every senior deserves healthcare that costs less and covers more, and California has a chance to lead the rest of the nation toward universal care."

"I want to thank Senate Health Committee Chairman Dr. Ed Hernandez and the committee members who voted for SB 562 today," said Senator Toni G. Atkins. "They see clearly that the time is right for us to give all Californians the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they and their families will have access to quality healthcare, no matter who they are, how much money they have or who's in power in Washington, D.C."

Hours before the vote, nearly 1,000 people rallied in support of the Healthy California Act at the Sacramento Convention Center and marched to the Capitol for the hearing at the Senate Health Committee.

Supporters thronged the John Burton Hearing Room to speak for the bill.

The Healthy California Act will be heard next by the Appropriations Committee, which Sen. Lara chairs. A fiscal study is underway.

Highlights of the Healthy California Act:

  • Covers Californians for all medical care, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, dental, vision, mental health, and nursing home care.
  • Eliminates co-pays and insurance deductibles
  • Californians can choose their doctor from a full list of health care providers, not a narrow network chosen by insurance companies.
  • Referrals are not required for a member to see any eligible provider.
  • Californians are covered when they travel.
  • Physicians and nurses will make decisions about care, and have the ability to override computers or clinical practice guidelines in the best interest of the patient.
  • Healthy California will be governed by a nine-member, unpaid board appointed by the governor and Legislature and a public advisory committee of doctors, nurses, other health care providers, and consumers.

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