HEALTH ACCESS ALERT

Monday, March 31, 2003

THE “HEALTH CARE FOR ALL CALIFORNIANS ACT” SB 921 (Kuehl)

The Health Care for All Californians Act, SB 921 (Kuehl), would provide

health coverage to all Californians through a single insurance plan offered

by the State of California and would control the growth of health care

spending through a simplified administrative structure, consolidated

financing and purchasing and statewide health planning.

A broad range of organizations, including Health Access California, strongly

supports this concept and this legislation, as the best means to acheive our

overarching goal of quality, affordable health care for all. This bill would

provide health access for the over six million uninsured Californians, who

now are more like to die preamturely, and more likely to face financial

ruin. The bill would also seek to comprehensively control health costs,

which threaten health access for the presently insured.

The Senate Insurance Committee will hear SB 921 on Wednesday, April 30. The

hearing will be at 1:30pm, in Room 112 at the State Capitol, Sacramento. The

Committee will also hear SB 2 (Burton), to expand employer-based coverage,

which is also supported by Health Access California, and for which more

information will be forthcoming. This is an exciting time for advocate of

the uninsured.

ATTACHED is:

* A fact sheet on SB 921, from Kuehl’s office

* Q&A on “What is single-payer?”, from Kuehl’s office

* Current list of supporters for SB 921

* Sample support letter

Here are actions your organization can take:

1. Send an endorsement of SB 921 on your organization¹s letterhead

stationery. A sample letter is attached.

Fax your letter of support to: 916-324-4823

Or mail your letter of support to:

Senator Sheila Kuehl

State Capitol, Room 4032

Sacramento, CA 95814

2. Have your organization, and its members, communicate their support to

members of the Senate Insurance Committee. Below is information, including

district cities and phone numbers, for members of the Senate Insurance

Committee:

* Sen. Jackie Speier [D], Chair ­ (San Francisco/415-557-7857 and San

Mateo/650-340-8840); State Capitol Room 2032, 916-445-0503.

* Sen. Ross Johnson [R], Vice-Chair ­ (Irvine/949-833-0180); State Capitol

Room 3063, 916-445-4961.

* Sen. Martha Escutia ­[D], (Norwalk/562-929-6060); State Capitol Room 5080,

916-327-8315.

* Sen. Liz Figueroa ­[D], (Fremont/510-413-5960); State Capitol Room 4061,

916-445-6671.

* Sen. Bill Morrow ­[R], (Carlsbad/760-434-7930 and San Juan

Capistrano/949-489-9838); State Capitol Room 4048, 916-445-3731.

* Sen. Rico Oller ­[R], (Roseville/916-969-8232); State Capitol Room 5064,

916-445-5788.

* Sen. Don Perata [D], (Oakland/510-286-1333); State Capitol Room 4061,

916-445-6577. (Co-author of SB 921)

* Sen. Jack Scott ­[D], (Pasadena/626-683-0282); State Capitol Room 2057,

916-445-5976.

* Sen. Nell Soto ­[D], (Ontario/909-984-7741, and Pomona/909-469-9935, and

San Bernadino/909-381-3832); State Capitol Room 4074, 916-445-6868

3. Join regional efforts in support of the universal health care. Numerous

regional committees have started to meet; Those meetings are listed on the

Health Advocates Calendar. A new one will be distributed later this week.

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and

prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include

the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” –

Cesar Chavez

Peace,

Anthony



Anthony E. Wright

Health Access

1127 11th St., #234, Sacramento, CA 95814

Ph: 916-442-2308, Fx: 916-497-0921

awright@health-access.org

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
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