Here’s the Governor’s Advisory about Monday’s announcement. These are invite-only events, but watchable on the Governor’s website.
Gov. Schwarzenegger to Announce Health Care Reform Plans
MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2007
California Health Care Presentation
California Department of Health Services Auditorium
1500 Capitol Ave., Building 172
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will share his plans to reform California’s broken health care system. The event will be webcast live at www.gov.ca.govhttp://www.gov.ca.gov/>
Following the Governor’s presentation at 12:30 p.m., members of the Governor’s Administration will host a live video web discussion with stakeholders and members of the public. Questions canbe submitted live at www.gov.ca.gov http://www.gov.ca.gov/>. Participants include Kim Belshé, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary; Richard Figueroa, health care advisor to the Governor; Ruth Liu, associate secretary of health care policy development for the California Health and Human Services Agency; John Ramey, senior health policy consultant to the Governor; Herb Schultz, senior health policy advisor to the Governor; and Daniel Zingale, senior advisor to the Governor and chief of staff to Maria Shriver.
In California, 6.5 million people – more than any other state – have no medical insurance for all or part of the year. A recent New America Foundation http://www.newamerica.net/publications/policy/a_premium_price> white paper estimates the average family pays about $1,186 a year in health insurance premiums to cover the uninsured. Last July, Governor Schwarzenegger convened a groundbreaking Summit on Health Care Affordability http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/2570/>. Experts from various fields, such as academics, government, business, health care and labor, seriously discussed California’s health care cost and coverage challenges.
Additional background information is available at www.gov.ca.govhttp://www.gov.ca.gov/>