HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

SB2 GETS A BALLOT NUMBER: VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 72

– A YES vote would protect and expand employer based health coverage

– 14 Proposition measures on the ballot this November 2

The Secretary of State’s office yesterday announced proposition numbers for the 14 measures that will appear on the November 2, 2004 general election ballot.

The referendum to repeal the Health Insurance Act, SB2, has been deemed Prop. 72. Health advocates urge a YES vote on Prop. 72, to protect employer based health coverage for millions of California workers and their families, while expanding coverage to over a million more. To find our more information about the YES on Prop. 72 campaign, please visit:

http://www.saveyourhealthcare.com

Over 100 organizations representing consumers, seniors, doctors, nurses, and communities around the state have endorsed the YES on Prop. 72 campaign. In order to have your organization listed as the endorser, fax back the form:

http://www.health-access.org/SupportSB2-OpposeRepealSignOn.doc

Prop. 72 is one of the more discussed Proposition for this fall. It will be on the ballot as one of 14 measures in addition to the races for the Presidency, US Senate and state legislative seats. Below is a list of the Propositions that will be on the ballot.

Prop. 59: SCA 1 (Resolution Chapter 1, 2004). Burton. Access to government information.

Prop. 60: SCA 18 (Resolution Chapter 103, 2004). Johnson. Primary elections: surplus state property.

Prop. 61: Children’s Hospital Projects. Grant Program. Bond Act. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 62: Elections. Primaries. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Prop. 63: Mental Health Services Expansion and Funding. Tax on Incomes over $1 Million. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 63: Limitations on Enforcement of Unfair Business Competition Laws. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 65: Local Government Funds and Revenues. State Mandates. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Prop. 66: Limitations on “Three Strikes” Law. Sex Crimes. Punishment. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 67: Emergency and Medical Services. Funding. Telephone Surcharge. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Prop. 68: Tribal Gaming Compact Renegotiation. Non-Tribal Commercial Gambling Expansion. Revenues, Tax Exemptions. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Prop. 69: DNA Samples. Collection. Database. Funding. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 70: Tribal Gaming Compacts. Exclusive Gaming Rights. Contributions to State. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Prop. 71: Stem Cell Research. Funding. Bonds. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

CLARIFICATION:

This is a quick clarification of last week’s vote on SB921 (Kuehl), a groundbreaking bill to establish a universal single-payer health system in California. The Health Access Update on June 22 gave a preliminary vote from the Assembly Health Committee. The final vote was 12 to 5 in favor.

Assemblymembers Cohn, Goldberg, Lieber, Nakano, Wolk, Dymally, Koretz, Montanez, Ridley-Thomas, Salinas, Chavez, and Negrete-McLeod voted for the bill. All Republican Assemblymembers voted against it. Assemblymember Frommer did not vote.

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

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