HEALTH ACCESS ALERT

Monday, August 30th, 2004





URGE GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER TO SIGN CONSUMER HEALTH BILLS!

As Governor Schwarzenegger gets set to deliver a speech to the Republican National Convention, he has many bills on his desk, including several that would benefit health care consumers. They include bills on prescription drug costs, hospital overcharging, coverage of prenatal care, out-of-pocket insurance costs, and hospital closures.



WRITE THE GOVERNOR ASAP!: While he has until September 30th to sign or veto bills, he is expected to make decisions on many of them sooner. Please send a separate letter for each bill you wish to support to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. The fax is 916-445-4633.



NEW ALERT/LIST OF PENDING BILLS: Apologies to those who got the Health Access weekend alert multiple times, and to those who got it garbled, and thus unable to read the list of the bills that had passed. We are working with our E-mail list manager to correct the problem. Also, please note that SB 1170 did not pass, as the alert indicated.



For a readable and updated one-pager alert with a list of key health care consumer legislation on the Governor’s desk, go to the Health Access web site:

http://www.health-access.org/docs/HealthLegAlertGovSept04.doc

LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON PROPOSITION 72 COMING NEXT WEEK



FYI, the Assembly and Senate Health Committees will be holding a Joint Hearing on Proposition 72, the referendum on the law to protect and expand employer-based coverage, on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, from 10am to 1pm, in Los Angeles, at the Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys.

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

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