HEALTH ACCESS CALIFORNIA ALERT

Thursday, September 11, 2003

CALL LEGISLATORS FRIDAY TO SUPPORT SB 2 (BURTON), TO PROVIDE:

* COVERAGE TO ONE MILLION WORKING UNINSURED;

* NEW TOOLS FOR EMPLOYERS PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO THEIR WORKERS;

* SECURITY FOR WORKING FAMILIES SCARED ABOUT LOSING COVERAGE

After a full year of discussion, SB 2 (Burton), to extend health coverage to

one million uninsured workers, is to be considered and voted on in the last

day of this year’s legislative session, Friday, September 12th, 2003. CALLS

ARE NEEDED ON THIS FINAL DAY IN SUPPORT.

Over 18 million Californians get health coverage through their employer; SB

2 would use modest means, using the existing employer-based system and

existing agencies and expertise, to expand coverage to over 1 million more.

Employers of 50 or more would be required to pay a user fee into a state

health purchasing fund. Employers would get a full credit against the fee if

they provide coverage to their workers.

This bill has the unusally broad support of organizations representing

doctors, labor, consumers, hospitals, some insurers, and some employers.

ATTACHED is the letter of support from the sponsors, the California Labor

Federation and the California Medical Association. Health Access California

urges support to provide real relief to a million uninsured Californians

that now live sicker, die younger, and are one emergency away from financial

ruin. Health Access also supports SB 2 as a beginning framework to improve

and expand upon, through implementation and additional legislation, to

finally achieve quality, affordable health care for all.

TO CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER:

Go to the website: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html

Type in your zip code to get the contact information of your legislators.

Call their offices, and urge them to “Vote Yes on SB 2.”

Get others to also make calls on Friday!



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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