HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE
November 30, 2005

DECEMBER EVENTS OF NOTE FOR HEALTH ADVOCATES
* Briefings, Hearings, and a Holiday Party, to Prepare for a New Year

If upcoming events in the next two weeks are any indication, next year’s health agenda will be full of meaty issues, such as expanding health coverage for children and adults, looking at different hospital financing formulas and mechanisms, seeking oversight and regulation of hospitals & health plans, reforming the individual insurance market, implementing and improving the Medicare prescription drug benefit, confronting health care costs, working on bills and ballot measures, and much more.

Here are some events of note for health advocates. This information, and other activities, can be viewed at the Health Advocacy Calendar, at:
www.health-access.org/calendarhome.htm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st

HEARING ON INSURER PROFITABILITY: California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, LOS ANGELES.

LUNCH BRIEFING ON INSURANCE MARKET: “California’s Health Insurance Market Briefing,” hosted by the California HealthCare Foundation. Presenters from the Center for Studying Health System Change will be discussing highlights of the 2005 Employer Health Benefit Survey, and a senior economist at RAND will present results of a 4 year study of California’s individual market. 12:30pm-2:00pm. State Capitol, Room 113. SACRAMENTO. Lunch, Coffee, and Beverages will be provided. RSVP to Katie Sacco at 916-966-6643, or Katie@gacconsult.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd

ADVOCATES’ BRIEFING/DISCUSSION ON HEALTH INITIATIVES FOR NEXT YEAR: A briefing and conversation on key health issues coming up for next year, including the two tobacco tax initiatives, one sponsored by private hospitals and the other to fund tobacco control and children’s coverage, and the hospital financing waiver and the “180 coverage” initiative and various proposals. Short presentations from Health Access, 100% Campaign, California School Health Centers Association, California Primary Care Association, California Association of Public Hospitals, California Budget Project, and others. 10:00am-12:30pm. SACRAMENTO. To RSVP and for more information, including location, contact Meg Reeve at 510-873-8787 x103, or mreeve@health-access.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th

HEARING ON NONPROFIT HOSPITALS: “Oversight Hearing on Tax Benefits Granted to California Non-Profit Hospitals,” by the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, chaired by Assemblymember Johan Klehs. Scheduled testimony from California Budget Project, Consumers Union, Health Access California, SEIU-UHW, Attorney General’s Office, Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, Los Angeles and Alameda Counties, OSHPD, Kaiser Permanente, Catholic Healthcare West, Sutter Health, and the California Hospital Association. 9:30am-12:30pm. Chambers of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, 1221 Oak Street, 5th Floor, OAKLAND.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th

PRESS EVENT ON MEDICARE PART D: Senior groups caroling about the problems with the Medicare drug benefit, delivering “Part D is for Disaster” petitions for reforms to Senators Boxer and Feinstein by SF cable car. Sponsored by the California Alliance for Retired Americans, Senior Action Network, Health Access California, Gray Panthers, Older Women’s League, Congress of California Seniors, and others. SAN FRANCISCO. For more information, contact Jodi Reid at jreid@retiredamericans.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th

HEALTH ACCESS/CPEHN HOLIDAY PARTY: Celebrate a health and happy holiday season with Health Access and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. Food and drinks will be provided. 3:30pm-6:00pm. Max’s Bar and Diner….. OAKLAND. Please RSVP to Meg Reeve, 510-873-8787 x103, or mreeve@health-access.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th

FORUM ON CHILDREN’S HEALTH: “The State of Children’s Health in California,” hosted by Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee. Speakers include Frank Tiedemann, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital and Research Center, and Dr. Robert Ross, President & CEO of The California Endowment. 8:15am-10:00am. Elihu Harris State Building Auditorium, 1st Floor, 1515 Clay Street, OAKLAND. Register with Hannah Patitucci, 510-286-1670, or Hannah.patitucci@asm.ca.gov.

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