The Health Access California board met on Friday, and provided direction for the year.
Just like baseball’s spring training, the season is really just starting in the legislature, and in the new budget process.
It won’t be a surprise that the biggest items on our agenda will be the fight-back on budget cuts, and the continuing health reform efforts at the state and federal level over the next three years. The last several years have seen us get come very close to major expansions in health coverage, and just like in previous years where the effort is blocked at some point in the process, we dust ourselves off and continue the fight, and come back stronger.
And now, that effort will be both at the state and federal level. It’s clear that health care reform will be a top domestic priority in the 2008 presidential campaign, and likely in many Congressional elections as well. With a new president, health care will rise on the national policy discussion in 2009 and 2010. And back here in our state, rather than simply let the federal debate play out, it’s clear that California is more likely to lead than to follow–it’s just what we do.
We’ll have more about specific legislative efforts and budget activities in upcoming posts. But there’s a lot to do!