Wednesday, May 18th, 2005



Health Access California is proud to unveil the new design of our website, to better serve health advocates in finding materials and resources. As before, the site features fact sheets and reports on a range of health care issues, a legislative corner tracking the many bills that would impact access to health care for consumers, a real-time blog featuring an archive of all E-mail alerts and updates, a continuously-updated Health and Budget Advocacy Calendar, and the ability to join Health Access, the statewide, health care consumer advocacy coalition. Much thanks goes to Serwar Ahmed, Health Access Communications Coordinator, for developing this resource. Please visit the new and always-improving website, at:


Health Access Foundation is currently seeking bright, motivated, and experienced individuals to join the effort for quality, affordable health care for all Californians. Full job descriptions are available at our website, at:

An exciting, high-profile, high-impact, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, Health Access is seeking both a Policy Coordinator and a Director of Operations and Development for our Sacramento office, and a Regional Organizer for our Los Angeles office. We also are looking for part-time consulting assistance for our Video Medical Interpretation (VMI) project, based in our Oakland office. Cover letters and resumes for all positions should be sent via E-mail to

Policy Coordinator: A new position in Sacramento, a health policy coordinator would track and analyze health care policy developments, to help coordinate advocacy activities in Sacramento, and to write fact sheets, summaries and reports for use by our coalition members. The position would have key responsibility to coordinate advocacy around the Medicare and prescription drug issues, but would also work on the dynamic Health Access agenda of expanding health coverage to the uninsured, preserving access to care against state and federal budget cuts, and winning key health care consumer protections.

Director of Operations and Development: A revamped position based in Sacramento, the director of operations and devlopment would have key responsibilities in organizational planning, development, human resources, finances, and operations, for the organization and its three offices in Oakland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. The operational task will include managing facilities, human resources, risk management, legal issues, and information technology. Additional responsibilities include board and vendor relationships. The development/fundraising tasks will include, working with the Executive Director to develop and execute a long term, viable funding model to sustain the organization over the next decade. Other responsibilities include grant tracking and report writing.

Regional Organizer: This Los Angeles-based regional organizer will coordinate regional coalitions, campaigns, actions, and events in fighting to defend and expand access to health care. One energetic organizer will staff our Los Angeles office, and coordinate our Southern California activities, to prevent severe state and federal budget cuts in Medi-Cal and other health programs, to expand health coverage to the uninsured, and to win consumer protections in the arenas of prescription drugs, HMO’s, hospital billing and out of pocket expenses.

With the announcement of this opening, Health Access wants to acknowledge the work of Idabelle Fosse, who served in this job for several years and is now moving on. From organizing events to building relationships, she has represented Health Access well in Los Angeles, and she helped to advance our goals and mission through many campaigns on budget cuts, health care reform, and legislation. Idabelle is not departing immediately, as she has graciously offered to continue in her position for a time, so that we may conduct an appropriate search and have a transition for staffing our Los Angeles office. We have appreciated her service to the organization, and wish her well in her new pursuits.


BILL AND BUDGET DEADLINES: With the May Revise now announced, budget committees will start working at a furious pace to evaluate all budget proposals. Those items that are part of the “Medi-Cal Redesign” will start to be heard tomorrow, Thursday, May 19th by the budget subcommittees, and they may go into the weekend. In related scheduling, legislative bills need to be heard and approved by the full house of origin by June 3rd in order to move further this year.

EVENTS: Below are selected events of interest to health advocates for the last half of May, but there are many more. More information on these and other events is available at:

* THURSDAY, May 19: Medicare-MediCal Rx Changes for Disabled. Learn about Medicare for People with Disabilities. Learn about Medicare’s new Prescription Drug Benefit – Part D. Learn about the elimination of Medi-Cal drug coverage and the conversion to Medicare Part D; help providers understand enrollment process. Help identify issues of concern for people with disabilities; learn about current advocacy efforts. Guest Speaker – Bonnie Burns, California Health Advocates, Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm, Location: St Mary’s Cathedral – 1111 Gough St. San Francisco, CA. For more information, please contact Laura Ware at 415-546-1305 or Sponsored by Senior Action Network – SF HICAP, Self Help for the Elderly – San Mateo HICAP, Legal Assistance for Seniors – Alameda HICAP, San Francisco State University School of Public Health, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

* FRIDAY, May 20: ¡Adelante! Strengthening Latino Advocacy in the Bay Area. The event will bring together Latino serving non-profit organizations, local elected officials and community members from around the Bay Area, to share information and develop new advocacy strategies for addressing policy issues in the fields of Education, Health and the Environment. Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm, Location: First Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612. You can visit

* MONDAY, May 23: Immigrant Day. Celebrate contributions to California’s economy and culture at the 9th Annual Immigrant Day. Join hundreds of immigrants and advocates in raising our voices on behalf of immigrant families throughout the state. This year’s state budget proposal once again places the burden of addressing the state’s budget crisis on working families. The Governor has targeted families who receive work supports through CalWORKs, In Home Supportive Services, child-care workers as well as critical health care and human services for low-income families. Time: Agenda: 9:00am – 10:00am, Advocacy Training for Southern CA participants: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Rally: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Lunch and Legislative Visits, Location: West Steps of State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA. Sponsored by the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative (CIWC)

* TUESDAY, May 24: Dinner and Discussion on Faith and Public Policy, Dinner and in-gathering of people interested in the May 25th Legislative Issues Briefing or the focused discussion or both. Followed by a discussion on faith in the political arena. Featured speakers will include Susan Pace Hamill, Alexia Salvatierra, and an invited legislator who will talk about the link between faith and involvement in public policy. Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Location: St.John’s Lutheran Church, 17th and L streets, Sacramento, CA, For more information, please contact Elizabeth Sholes, CA Council of Churches, at (916) 442-5447 or

* WEDNESDAY, May 25: Sabbath Economics: In Search of a Moral Economy. Morning speaker on faith values and tax equity; workshops on taxes; faith in action on children’s health care; cost of corrections vs. rehabilitation; worker-faith justice; family economic self-sufficiency. Time: 8:00pm – 3:30pm Location: St.John’s Lutheran Church, 17th and L streets, Sacramento, CA.

* WEDNESDAY, May 25: Action Day for a Better California in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Many participants, including those from places as far away as San Luis Obispo and Fresno, will endure a 7-hour bus ride to attend the rally and express their outrage at Governor Schwarzenegger’s reckless agenda, which includes cuts to vital education funds and health care programs. Time: 3:30pm in both locations, Location: Sacramento: State Capitol, South Lawn, N Street Side, Los Angeles: Pershing Square For more information, please contact the Sacramento Rally Media Contact: Robin Swanson (916) 443-7817 or the Los Angeles Rally Media Contact: Jim Farrell (916) 443-7817.

* WEDNESDAY, May 25: A Step Towards Technology…A Leap for Language Access. Come join Alameda County Medical Center and SF General Hospital in celebrating over 20 years of language services and the new horizon of innovative technology in medical interpretation, the Video-Conferenced Medical Interpretation (VMI) Program. Time: 5:00pm Location: Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA. Sponsored by ACMC and SFGH.

* THURSDAY, May 26: Budget Briefing The Governor’s Proposed Budget….Good or Bad for Health of Latinos? The Latino Health Alliance and the Latino Legislative Caucus invite you to a Budget Briefing to examine the impacts the Governor’s proposed budget will have on the health of California’s Latinos. Time: 10:00am – 11:30pm, Location: Eureka Room, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact Ayde Perez 916-448-3234 at

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