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! FIRST STEP VICTORY!
SB562 Healthy California Act passes the Senate Health Committee Next: Senate APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
THANKS and CONGRATULATIONS to all who joined in this successful effort to make Historic health care justice a reality in California. The calls, visits, letters, emails, twitters, canvassing, advocating in many ways worked. We still need your endorsements. This journey has just begun....KEEP ON!
We did it!
SB 562 Passes First Committee Hearing!
Today the Senate Health Committee voted to support SB 562 and guarantee healthcare for all Californian! This is the first important step on our road to making guaranteed healthcare a reality in the Golden State. The hearing followed a rally with over 1,000 supporters including nurses, community, business, workers, seniors, doctors and healthcare providers and advocates. Thank you to Senators Hernandez, Atkins, Monning, Mitchell, and Leyva for voting Yes on #SB 562 and supporting healthcare as a human right!
But our work has just begun. We must continue to build our movement to win healthcare justice and we need your help.
Here are 4 things you can do to help us win guaranteed healthcare!
- Chip in $5, $25 or $250 to help pay for upcoming campaign activities to bring even more supporters to Sacramento to make sure our voices are heard! Today we had buses come from around the state, as far as Orange County to show support for the Healthy California Act. But the buses don’t pay for themselves, any donation amount helps us bring even more supports back in may for important Sacramento actions!
- Get Social! Ask your friends to join us at www.HealthyCA.org, on Twitter and Facebook.
- Get Involved! Find your local Regional Coordinator to join local meetings, trainings and join in local events to show your Senator it’s time for SB 562!
- Join actions May 1st to support s healthcare sanctuary for all! Print out a sign (placard) and bring it to your local march!
Thank you for being a part of the movement to win the Healthy California Act. Together we had a huge win today and we look forward to making guaranteed healthcare a reality with you!
The HealthyCA Team
APRIL 2017ADVOCACY & ACTIONS
Educate * Activate * ParticipateThanks to our April 13th Speakers Panel for reviewing Singe Payer Universal Health Care:
Anita Anderson, Adam Gorgoni, Jenni Chang, John Suarez, Maureen Cruise, Sheila Suarez.
Many thanks to all who attended, offered interesting comments and asked such relevant questions.Thank you Jeremy Entwhistle and Reed Heisler Shellaby for you assistance with the meeting. Also Toni Churg, Steve Varalyay, Jenni Chang, Mimi Soltysik...and everyone else who assitsted with clean up.
Appreciation for those who recommended organizations for our speakers and film screenings which may include. FIX IT: HealthCare at the Tipping Point ( available free online) Now is the Time and The Health Care Movie
Congratulations on everyone’s great to work to get nearly 200 support letters for SB 562! More good news, as of last night Richmond and Oakland City Councils joined San Francisco and Berkeley in passing resolutions in support of SB 562. Thanks to those who helped make the push .*Continue to send in endorsement letters both individual and organization. INFO below. *Circulate petitions, educate your friends, neighbors, community. *Invite a speaker. Show a film! Contact us for materials and films.The latest information about the campaign and the bill is always available at www.healthyCA.org. You can sign up there for regular email updates. Also join Health Care for All- California
QUESTIONS REGARDING SB 562 FINANCE
FINANCIAL ANALYSIS DETAILS COMING MID MAY
PNHP articles How Much Would Single Payer Cost? in the US and studies on INTERNATIONAL STATISTICS reveal lower costs in Single Payer Universal Health Care countries.
As background, the last CA study done 11 years ago by the Lewin Group showed the state would save $344 billion over 10 years. Nearly every study has shown that single payer saves money, saves lives and covers everyone…we’re confident our study will show the same.
According to a 2016 UCLA study, taxpayers pay for 70% of healthcare expenses in California through: Medi-Cal, Medicare, public health expenditures, ACA subsidies, taxpayer subsidies of employer provided insurance. SB 562 would use these same funding sources to actually lower the cost of healthcare already being paid for with our tax dollars. SB 562 captures savings for current bureaucratic waste, including the 20% to 30% insurance companies use for non-health related activities. Healthy California will reduce costs through savings and negotiating pricing, then consolidate existing state and federal healthcare revenue sources, replaces insurance company premiums, deductibles and co-pays with broad-based progressive financing, and finances an independent trust fund dedicated exclusively to paying the healthcare expenses for Californians.
For Questions Regarding Waivers: Californians, under federal law, are entitled to same tax credits and public expenditures for Healthy California - just as residents of any other state. The intent of Healthy California is to consolidate all state and fed revenues and end all fragmentation in reimbursement and billing, but regardless of how federal monies come into the state - they will continue to pay for healthcare expenses.We are currently conducting a financing study to best quantify costs, savings and financing options for inclusion in the bill. Revenue assumptions will be conservative. This comprehensive study will be available mid to late May. It's being conducted by Robert Pollin, PhD, Department of Economics, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There will be some testimony about the financing at the Health Committee hearing.
In the meantime, we are focusing on what the financing plan will do:
- End the fragmentation in the private insurance system
- Capture federal funds to the extent possible
- Create a mechanism to stabilize revenue and end the budget pressure under the current structure of public programs
- The study report will give a set of options for revenue sources
- We will save 20-30% in overhead costs with a Medicare like system.
- Medicare overhead cost is 3%.
- The State of California, with its immense bargaining power, will negotiate fair fees for hospitals, clinics, providers and pharmaceuticals, thus saving many millions.
It is also very important to emphasize the savings in the bill and to remember that public dollars slready pay for 70% of the total spent on Healthcare in the State of California, or $367 billion as shown in this 2016 UCLA study.
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS for HCA-LA TABLE
ADVOCATING FOR SB 562
Talking with Students, Staff & Visitors at the Cal State University Dominguez Hills Social Justice Fair: Bill Eisen, Toni Churg, Stave Varalyay, Tom Newman ,Maureen CruiseTuesday April 25th from 9-4.
SB 562, the Healthy California Act was introduced in February by Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins. We invite you to read the full bill language , use our sample support letter and resolution for endorsements. We also invite you to join the Healthy California campaign to grow the statewide movement to win guaranteed healthcare for ALL in the Golden State.
Please mail support letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org (LARA's Office). And CC's to
email@example.com, info@HealthyCaliforniaAct.org, genevieve@healthcareforall-LA.com,
Several polls show 81% of Democrats, 60% of Independents and 37% of Republicans support Medicare for All. 58% of all voters support it as an ACA replacement. We can move forward with a clear mandate to finish the job of healthcare reform with the only comprehensive solution to our healthcare crisis that guarantees healthcare for all California residents, regardless of immigration status. SB562 saves the state billions, offers Californians high quality care with full choice of providers, and removes insurance premiums, deductibles, co-pays, or surprise medical bills.
April 12, 2017
Senator Ricardo Lara
State Capitol, Room 5050
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 562 (LARA and ATKINS) – SUPPORT:
Health Care for All- Los Angeles Chapter ( HCA-LA) strongly supports SB 562, The Healthy California Act of California.
When enacted, the Healthy California Act will guarantee that every resident of California will receive comprehensive healthcare services. It’s like Medicare for All. Individuals will have free choice of licensed health professionals and services. Covered benefits will include services to keep people healthy—mentally and physically— as well as those services that diagnose and treat diseases. In addition to emergency services, surgeries, and hospital stays, services such as home healthcare, day care and hospice are covered. Vision and dental care are also included. The Healthy California Act has been crafted to provide a single high standard of safe, therapeutic care for all California residents in a manner that is financially sustainable:
• Choose any provider. No more surprise bills. No out-of-pocket costs for covered services.
• Eliminates co-pays for Medicare Part B.
• Lower prescription drug costs.
• Regional planning to reduce overlap and duplication of expensive equipment and facilities.
• Provider rates which will replace and improve upon Medi-Cal rates, will be negotiated to ensure access, cost control and high-value services.
• The advances from the Affordable Care Act will be folded into the new system.
• Huge cost-savings from reduced bureaucracy. No more insurance company runaround. No more bill collectors.
• A payroll and income premium, which is higher for upper income earners, would replace insurance company premiums, co-pays and deductibles—likely resulting in significant out-of-pocket net savings.
• Diverse participants including ordinary citizens and representatives of labor and business, as well as various health care professionals and health policy experts, will advise and help design the Healthy California program.
• A Healthy California premium, which is higher for upper income earners, would replace insurance company premiums, co-pays and deductibles—likely resulting in significant out-of-pocket net savings.
As a decades old health care justice advocacy organization, we are deeply concerned and affected by the obstacles to access of secure, affordable and equitable quality health care for the people of this country. Our poor health outcomes are abysmal. The immense suffering, chronic illness and premature deaths of Americans because they can not access appropriate care is both shameful and unnecessary. Of the 35 OECD countries, the US ranks first in premature deaths due to lack of care. No other advanced country has a system trapping people in a cycle debt, foreclosure and bankruptcy because they got sick.
Our current system is economically unsustainable, medically inadequate and morally unjust for individuals, families, our state and our country. Our current system is complex, wasteful, and destructive. It must be replaced with a single payer, universal system, which has been proven as a success worldwide, for over one hundred years.
It is time for California to lead the way out of this compromised national system and provide state residents with the care we need, deserve and already pay for with our taxes. HCA-LA membership thanks you for your decency and your leadership. We urge you to rally your fellow California senators to pass SB562.
Appreciation and Be Well,
Maureen Cruise RN, Director
Health Care for All - Los Angeles Chapter
LESLIE J. GERSICOFF
Good Bye Dear Friend of Health Care for All
Healthy California"The movement for Medicare for All suffered a great loss yesterday. Leslie Gersicoff was the Secretary of Labor United for Universal Healthcare for nearly 10 years and through her words and actions has worked to grow the movement armed with her conviction, fighting spirit, and her great hugs and bright smile. No words can express what Leslie meant to those of us in the movement who knew her. Her work and her heart left the world a better place. We will continue to honor her work and her passion to guarantee healthcare for all as we build this campaign to win #Sb562. We will miss you Leslie. ❤️ (Leslie is on the right at our Los Angeles Medicare Turns 50 celebration in 2015)." FB.Please join us for a memorial to honor and celebrate the remarkable life of Leslie Gersicoff, Executive Director of the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region, at AFM Local 47, Serena Kay and Earl Williams Auditorium, 817 Vine Street, Hollywood, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm.
A buffet lunch will be served immediately following the memorial program.In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region, Workers' Solidarity Fund - In Memory of Leslie Gersicoff.
Make checks payable to:
Jewish Labor Committee Western Region
8339 West Third Street, Suite 2
Los Angeles CA 90048
Healthcare for All - Los Angeles Chapter meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month from 7:30-9:30 pm in the Peace Center Meeting Room at 3916 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City 90230-4640. The HCA-LA mission is to educate, activate and encourage people to participate in advocating for just, equitable, accessible, comprehensive, affordable, and quality healthcare in a publicly financed universal single-payer system. Agendas include speakers, presentations, discussions, films, opportunity for action in our communities. BECOME A MEMBER www.healthcareforall.org. To join the HCA-LA Mailing list, contact: maureen@healthcareforall-LA.com.