HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE

Monday, January 19th, 2004

Appropriately on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, we look beyond the struggles of the moment to see our vision for the future, of quality, affordable health care for all. BELOW is a letter from Senator Sheila Kuehl inviting organizational representations to a meeting on her bill for universal health care, for the afternoon of Monday, FEBRUARY 2nd in Sacramento.

If you support the bill but haven’t already sent a letter of support on SB 921 to Senator Kuehl, do so now! Her address is The Hon. Sheila Kuehl, Senator, State Capitol, Room 4032, Sacramento, CA 94248. Her fax is 916-324-4823.

Dear SB 921 Supporter,

I am writing to invite your organization to attend a meeting on Monday, February 2, 2004, at the Trinity Episcopalian Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

This special event is open to representatives of the hundreds of organizations that have endorsed my single payer bill, SB 921. All supporting organizations are members of the Health Care for All Californians Campaign.

In the last legislative session, we succeeded in getting SB 921 out of the Senate. We now await two difficult committee hearings in Assembly Health and Assembly Revenue and Taxation in the 2004 session.

This meeting will kick off our lobbying campaign. Please try to arrive early to the meeting because we will have a full agenda.

* Review strategy to advance SB 921 in the Assembly.

* Plan organizing work for the Assembly campaign.

* Screening of the new SB 921 video to be used by advocates as an important public education tool, for example, at the start of speaking engagements. Copies of the video will be available at the meeting for a modest charge.

* Update about a comprehensive study of the economic impacts of SB 921. This study is critical to the goals of educating the public about the merits of the bill and persuading Assemblymembers to vote in favor of it.

I hope a representative from your organization will attend. Please RSVP to this invitation by clicking Reply in your email program. Please disregard if you have already RSVP’d.

The cathedral is wheelchair accessible. There is a parking lot on the same block (entrance on N Street) and another at 27th and N Street (across from the cathedral).

Thank you for all your help in the past and your continued support in the future.

I hope you can participate on February 2.

Sincerely,

Sen. Sheila Kuehl

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

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