CITIZENS WORKING GROUP MEETING ON HEALTH REFORM

  • Sacramento Community Meeting, Wednesday Evening, April 19th

Tomorrow evening, Northern California residents have the chance to speak out about the health care system, and what they think should be changed. A community meeting, in search of “Health Care That Works For All Americans,” will be held by the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group

This Sacramento community meeting will be held tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19th, 2006, from 6:00pm-8:30pm, at The Grand, 1215 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The Sacramento event is locally co-hosted by the California Medical Association, the Inter-Tribal Council of CA, and supported by many organizations, including Health Access Foundation.

BACKGROUND: In January, a panel of 15 federally-appointed members began gathering public input on how to improve the nation’s health care system. Input from community meetings held nationally, from January to April, will serve as a basis for recommendations to decisionmakers in Washington , D.C. on improving the health industry.

These forums are interactive, with participants engaging in small group discussions and responding to a series of questions. The process, which is independently administered, will produce recommendations to the Congress and the President, and be the subject of Congressional hearings. Some of the materials, including the discussion guide that shows what questions will be asked, are at the Working Group’s website, at:
http://www.citizenshealthcare.gov/community/mtg_kit.php
http://www.citizenshealthcare.gov/community/discussion_guide.pdf

Many advocates of health care reform, including the Universal Health Care Action Network, have been working to ensure that supporters of universal health care are represented. In some instances in other states, the groups have worked to reframe the questions asked of the small groups. In others, the assembled worked within the format to come out with recommendations in support of comprehensive health reform.

REGISTER: To register, go to their website at:
http://www.citizenshealthcare.gov/register/

For more information about this specific event, call the California Medical Association, at 916-551-2565.

For information about turnout efforts, including carpooling from the Bay Area, contact Jessica Rothhaar, Health Access, at 510-873-8787 x107, or jessicar@health-access.org.

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