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Monday, November 3rd, 2008

AFTER THE ELECTION: Health Access 20th Anniversary Forum THURS, NOV. 20th

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Many Paths, One Goal: Moving Toward Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Californians.”

* Nov. 20th Post-Election Forum to Preview Renewed Efforts, Share Lessons on Reform
* Key Elected Leaders to Speak, Provide Insight on Prospects for State and Federal Efforts
* Reception to Honor Past Leaders & History of Health Access and CA health advocacy

* NEEDED: Please Consider Tickets, Sponsorships, Program Book Advertising

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The election tomorrow brings with it new opportunities and challenges. We are pleased that soon afterwards, Health Access will be hosting our 20th Anniversary Event, not just to celebrate our past but to prepare for the future, whether the immediate budget crisis that threatens additional cuts to California health reform in the next few days, or the camapign to win comprehensive health reform at the federal level next year.

We invite you to join us on Thursday, Thursday, November 20th, at the Sacramento Convention Center, starting with a 2pm forum and a 4:30pm reception. You can buy tickets, as well program book advertisements and sponsorships, with the official form on our website.

The program, entitled “Many Paths, One Goal: Moving Toward Quality Affordable Health Care for All Californians” starts at 2pm, with a program of speakers, including incoming Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, incoming Assembly Health Committee Chair Dave Jones, and distinguished leaders in state and federal health policy and health reform.

Afterwards, we will have a reception that will honor past heads of our organization, including Lois Salisbury, Maryann O’Sullivan, Bruce Livingston, and Melinda Paras. A full program is available on the Health Access website, as well as a form where you can buy ads celebrating our honorees and the organization.

Beyond recognizing the past work of the organization and the broader health advocacy community, our discussion will restart efforts at the state and federal level around the budget, consumer protections, and comprehensive health reform.

Many Paths, One Goal:
Moving Toward Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Californians

Date: November 20, 2008
Location: Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Sacramento CA
Ballroom 314-315

2PM – 4PM
A discussion about the future of health care reform in California and the nation

Featured Speakers:
The Honorable Darrell Steinberg
Senate President pro Tempore-elect

The Honorable Dave Jones
Prospective Chair, California State Assembly Committee on Health

Guest Panelists:
E. Richard Brown, Ph.D.
Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research;
Professor, UCLA School of Public Health;
Principle Investigator, California Health Interview Survey

Wilma Chan
Vice President, Policy, Children Now;
Former Chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Health

Jacob Hacker, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley;
Author, The Great Risk Shift

Larry Levitt
Vice President, Media and Public Education,
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Editor-in-chief,

Robert Phillips, M.P.A., M.P.H.
Senior Program Officer, The California Endowment

4:30PM – 6PM
Honoring past leaders of Health Access including:

Lois Salisbury, J.D. – Health Access Founding Chair
Director of the Children, Families, and Communities Program,
The David & Lucille Packard Foundation

Maryann O’Sullivan, J.D. – Health Access Founding Executive Director, 1987-93
Founder, Preschool California
Independent Consultant

Bruce Livingston, M.P.P. – Health Access Executive Director, 1995 –99
Executive Director, Marin Institute

Melinda Paras – Health Access Executive Director, 1999 –2002
President and CEO, Paras and Associates Interpreter Systems

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