The trouble with being a concerned citizen and raising your voice in support of issues you care about is that it takes so much time. Luckily the League is very helpful in giving us a heads-up when important issues are being considered in the legislature. One of the bills that many people care about is California’s Health Care Bill:
SB 840 (Kuehl) Single-payer health care coverage. (A-07/10/2007 html pdf)
Status: 07/10/2007-Read second time. Amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Location: 07/10/2007-A APPR.
Would establish the California Healthcare System to be administered by the newly created California Healthcare Agency under the control of a Healthcare Commissioner appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. The bill would make all California residents eligible for specified health care benefits under the California Healthcare System, which would, on a single-payer basis, negotiate for or set fees for health care services provided through the system and pay claims for those services. The bill would provide that a resident of the state with a household income, as specified, at or below 200% of the federal poverty level would be eligible for the type of benefits provided under the Medi-Cal program. The bill would require the commissioner to seek all necessary waivers, exemptions, agreements, or legislation to allow various existing federal, state, and local health care payments to be paid to the California Healthcare System, which would then assume responsibility for all benefits and services previously paid for with those funds. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
On Wednesday, July 16, there will be a hearing on this bill, SB 840, in the Assembly Appropriations Committee chaired by Mark Leno. If you care about moving the bill forward, NOW is the time to contact your Assembly representative and urge his or her support for this bill. If possible, you could even go to Sacramento and sit in on the hearing.
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