HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

BELOW and ATTACHED is a calendar of events for the next several months on health and budget issues. Thank you to those organizations who submitted their events for inclusion, and we invite others to do so as well.

Three events of specific note for next week:

* The California Health and Human Services Agency will hold another “stakeholders meeting,” this time in Los Angeles, on their proposal for Medi-Cal “redesign” that includes $400 million in cuts. That meeting is on Wednesday, February 4th. It is expected to be a repeat of the Sacramento meeting earlier this week, but allow Southern California advocates to have their questions and comments addressed.

* For organizations supporting the universal health care bill SB 921, Senator Sheila Kuehl will open a organizational kickoff meeting promptly at 1:00pm on Monday, February 2, 2004, at the Trinity Episcopalian Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento. Since she needs to return to the Capitol quickly for an afternoon hearing, please come to the Cathedral early so that the meeting can begin on time.

* The California Budget Project is holding their annual budget briefing on Tuesday, February 3rd, from 2:00-3:30pm at the State Capitol, Room 437. RSVP to Rebecca at 916-444-0500, or cbp@cbp.org. The title is “Terminating the Deficit: Does the Governor’s 2004-05 Proposed Budget Restore California’s Fiscal Health While Protecting Public Services?”

HEALTH AND BUDGET ADVOCACY CALENDAR

This is a calendar of public events of interest to California advocates for the uninsured. The calendar will be updated on a regular basis. To place something on this calendar, please e-mail the specifics to Health Access Foundation (information below).

For more information on any event, contact the lead organization (in parentheses). Given the activity in this area, this is not meant as a comprehensive list, but a way for organizations to announce public events to a broader audience, and a guide for organizations seeking to schedule their own activities.

JANUARY

Thurs. Jan 29th:

o Budget Accountability Act Press Conference: 11:00 a.m. Long Beach City College-Liberal Arts Campus, 4901 E. Carson St., Building “I”, Board of Trustees Meeting Room. Long Beach.

o Budget Accountability Act Press Conference: “Wheel of Budget Misfortune” 12:00p.m. Laney Community College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland.

Fri. Jan 30th:

o “An Update on Governor’s New Budget Proposal.” Speakers will include Jean Ross, ED, California Budget Project; Anthony Wright, ED, Health Access; Assemblywoman Judy Chu; Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, and State Senator Sheila Kuehl. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Westminster Chapel, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

o Talk: Single Payer Health Care: What Is It and Why Do We Need It? Guest speaker: Vishu Lingappa, PhD, MD, UCSF Professor of Physiology and Medicine and Co-Author of California’s Single Payer Universal Health Care Initiative, Proposition 186 (1994). 12:00pm. UCLA Medical School, Center for Health Sciences, Room 33-105, Los Angeles. For more information contact Amy Tso, MSII, amytso@ucla.edu (California Physicians Alliance)

Sat. Jan. 31st:

o Education not Incarceration Forum to organize a response to the state budget. 11:00am-1:00pm, at Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland. (near Lake Merritt BART) For more info: 510-444-0484 or http://www.may8.org/

o Grassroots Meeting. Topic: Yes on Proposition 56, For Budget Accountability in California. Speakers: John Kosinski, SEIU 250, SF Political Coordinator and Ken Tray, United Educators SF Political Director. Home of CaPA members Susan Cieutat, RN, JD, MPH and Bob Markel. 531 Grove Street, San Francisco (near Civic Center) (Health Care for All-San Francisco & California Physicians Alliance)

o Physicians, clinicians and medical students march to support grocery workers and save health care. Grocery workers are on strike and fighting to keep affordable health insurance for themselves and for their families. Join us to send Safeway a message. Gather at Mosswood Park (MacArthur & Broadway), Oakland

FEBRUARY

Mon. Feb. 2nd:

o Advocacy Organization Meeting on Universal Health Care and SB921 with Senator Sheila Kuehl. 1:00pm-4:00pm. Trinity Episcopalian Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento. (Health Care for All Californians Campaign)

o Budget Accountability Act Press Conference, with Groundhog Day theme. 10:30am. State Capitol, North Steps. Sacramento.

Tues. Feb 3rd:

o Legislative Budget Briefing: “Terminating the Deficit: Does the Governor’s 2004-05 Proposed Budget Restore California’s Fiscal Health While Protecting Public Services?” 2:00pm-3:30pm, State Capitol, Room 437. Sacramento. RSVP to Rebecca at 916-444-0500, or cbp@cbp.org. (California Budget Project)

Wed. Feb. 4th:

o Medi-Cal Stakeholder Discussion Session, regarding Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recently-announced proposal to “reform” the Medi-Cal program. The session includes a brief presentation of the proposal, and a period for question and answer and comment. California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Kim Belshé and staff from the California Department of Health Services will lead this session. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ Board Room. 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. Please RSVP by phoning (916) 440-7800 or e-mailing mcreform@dhs.ca.gov. (California Health and Human Services Agency)

o Budget Accountability Act Press Conference: 11:00am. California State University-Chico.

Sat. Feb.7th

o Panel: Focus on Health Care Coverage, Who’s Covered, What Remains to be Done & Status of Universal Care Proposals. Speakers include Margaret Taylor, Director, Health Services, San Mateo County, on San Mateo County’s Children Health Initiative. 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon San Mateo County Health Services Department, 225 37 Avenue. San Mateo. (League of Women Voters of San Mateo County)

Tues. Feb.10th:

o Budget Accountability Act Press Conference, with a focus on seniors. Palm Springs.

Wed. Feb. 11th:

o Grassroots Meeting. Topic: SB921: Update and Discussion on Ways to Organize Support for the Kuehl Bill within the Marin County clinician community. 7:30 PM Social Justice Center of Marin, 1000 Sir Francis Drake, San Anselmo. (Health Care for All–Marin County)

Thurs. Feb 12th:

o Legislative Briefing on Budget Health Cuts and the proposed Medi-Cal “Reform” Proposal. Sacramento. (Health Access and several other groups)

o Budget Accountability Act Press Conference, with an environmental theme. Monterey.

Wed. Feb 18th:

o Conference on Care and Coverage for the Uninsured. Speakers include Bob Ross, California Endowment; Gary Yates, California Wellness Foundation; Jeff Rideout, Blue Shield Foundation of California; Trish Riley, Director of Health Policy and Finance, Maine; Senator Jackie Speier; Secretary Kim Belshe; Assemblymembers Dario Frommer, Jenny Oropeza, and Keith Richman; and Mark Smith, California HealthCare Foundation. 8:00am-5:00pm. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento. For more information, call 310-828-0338. (Insure the Uninsured Project)

o Budget Accountability Act Press Conference: Fresno

o Community Forum: “Band-Aids for Budget Cuts: What do deep cuts to health and human services means for communities of color?” Location: Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Los Angeles. Contact: Sarah Mercer, CPEHN, 510.832.1160, smercer@cpehn.org (California Pan-Ethnic Health Network & Latino Issues Forum)

Thurs. Feb. 19th:

o Budget Accountability Act Press Conference, with an environmental theme, Santa Barbara.

Fri. Feb 20th:

o Community Forum: Latinos & Environmental Health in the San Joaquin Valley, 9 a.m.-2:30p.m., Casa Blanca Social Hall, 2317 Tuolumne Street, Fresno. For more information or to RSVP, Contact Rey Leon, 559-241-6562 or rleon@lif.org. (Latino Issues Forum)

Tues. Feb.24th:

o Community Forum: “Band-Aids for Budget Cuts: What do deep cuts to health and human services means for communities of color?” State Building, Oakland. Contact: Sarah Mercer, CPEHN, 510.832.1160, smercer@cpehn.org (California Pan-Ethnic Health Network & Latino Issues Forum)

Wed. Feb.25th:

o Community Forum: “Band-Aids for Budget Cuts: What do deep cuts to health and human services means for communities of color?” Malcolm X Library. San Diego. Contact: Sarah Mercer, CPEHN, 510.832.1160, smercer@cpehn.org (California Pan-Ethnic Health Network & Latino Issues Forum)

Thurs. Feb.26th:

o Community Forum: “Band-Aids for Budget Cuts: What do deep cuts to health and human services means for communities of color?” 10:00am-1:00pm. Location: UC Center, Fresno. Contact: Sarah Mercer, CPEHN, 510.832.1160, smercer@cpehn.org (California Pan-Ethnic Health Network & Latino Issues Forum)

MARCH

Tues. March 2nd:

o Election Day. Presidential Primary. Other primaries for state and national offices. Proposition 56: Budget Accountability Act on the ballot.

Mon. March 8th:

o “SAVE ADAP Rally” AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) clients, HIV/AIDS advocates, other health agencies and community members will rally to urge the Governor and Legislature to provide the funding needed to ensure access to lifesaving drugs. 10:00am. South steps of the State Capitol, Sacramento. To register, please send an email with your name, agency name (if applicable), address, phone number, and email address if available to dvangord@sfaf.org. (San Francisco AIDS Foundation)

Tues. March 9th:

o Conference: “Making Managed Care Work” A two day conference for consumers, advocates, and providers. Speakers include Lesley Cummings, director of the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center, Burbank. 9:00am-5:00pm. For information, contact: Nancy Kay Hunt at 213-487-7211 ext 20 or nhunt@wclp.org to reserve your space. (Western Center on Law and Poverty)

Wed. March 10th:

o Conference: “Making Managed Care Work” A two day conference for consumers, advocates, and providers. Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center, Burbank. 9:00am-3:30pm. For information, contact: Nancy Kay Hunt at 213-487-7211 ext 20 or nhunt@wclp.org to reserve your space. (Western Center on Law and Poverty)

Thurs. March 18th:

o Conference: “Protecting Priorities in Uncertain Times.” A one-day conference by the CA Budget Project featuring workshops and plenaries examining the state budget crisis and policy issues within the context of the new political environment. Speakers include Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe. 8:00am-5:00pm. Sacramento Convention Center. For more information, contact conference@cbp.org or check out the website www.cbp.org. (California Budget Project)

Tues. March 23rd:

o Advocacy Day. Sacramento. (California Interfaith Coalition)

MAY

Wed, May 5th:

o Cover the Uninsured Week to be launched at a national event starring Noah Wylie. (Cover the Uninsured Week)

Mon. May 10th-Sun. May 16th :

o Cover the Uninsured Week, during which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will air national television ads and sponsor 1,000 events around the country “to make the issue of the uninsured a focus of national discussion.” Sacramento. San Francisco. Los Angeles. (Cover the Uninsured Week)

Wed. May 12th:

o Senior Rally. Sacramento. (Several major senior organizations, including AARP, Older Women’s League, Gray Panthers, Congress of California Seniors, and others.)

Mid-May

o Governor Schwarzenegger Announces May Revision of Budget.

JUNE

Sat. June 19th:

o March Across Golden Gate Bridge for Health Care, possibly featuring the Democratic Presidential Candidate. Signs are not allowed on the bridge as they could fly into traffic or into the bay. For more information, contact: Jessica Rothhaar 510-873-8787 ext 107 or JessicaR@health-access.org

NOVEMBER

Tue. Nov. 2nd:

o Election Day: Presidential Race. U.S. Senate Race. California legislative races. SB 2 Referendum.

For more information or to add updates, contact Health Access:

In Sacramento: Anthony Wright, Executive Director, at 916-442-2308, or awright@health-access.org, or 1127 11th Street, Suite 234, Sacramento, CA 95814.

In Northern California: Jessica Rothhaar, Regional Organizer, at 510-873-8787, ext. 107, or jessicar@health-access.org, or 414 13th Street, Suite 450, Oakland, CA 94612.

In Southern California: Idabelle Fosse, Regional Organizer, at 213-748-5287 ext. 229, or idabelle@health-access.org, or 3655 South Grand Ave., Suite 220, Los Angeles, CA 90007.



Anthony E. Wright

Executive Director

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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