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Support the single-payer bill in the California state legislature! The Healthy California Act, SB 562 (Lara/Atkins)--co-sponsored by our own state senator, Mike McGuire--is now "resting" in the Assembly Rules committee, having passed the Senate on June 1, 2017. If Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon does not move the bill into an Assembly committee this year, the bill can stay where it is and be considered next Spring, the second year of the current two-year legislative session. Amendments, to include a financing plan and other changes, can be fashioned in the meantime and inserted in the bill before it goes to an Assembly committee (probably Health) next April/May. Further amendments can be considered during committee hearings.
SB 562 calls on the state to create a publicly financed system that will replace private medical insurance and cover all residents in the state. Now is the time! Pooled risk, one comprehensive plan, cost-efficient administration, negotiated prices...everybody in, nobody out!
You can help now... Become a dues-paying member of HCA - CA (click on Join/Renew above). Host a neighborhood conversation in your home, table at a nearby market, write a letter to the editor, invite a speaker or screen a film with your group.
Endorsements especially needed! We need to expand the list of groups endorsing SB 562. Replacing private insurance with a publicly financed program covering everyone in one risk pool will save money for our schools, cities, counties, and special districts. We need endorsements from the elected boards that govern these institutions, as well as from businesses, which will also benefit. Health Care for All has sample letters of support and resolutions. Contact us and we will help you secure endorsements.
Get in touch and let's talk about how we are going to make history together!
Regular Meetings. Bi-monthly chapter meetings are open to all. They are a great opportunity to meet other single payer advocates, get updates on the movement, improve your advocacy skills, and help plan public outreach activities.
When: Second Tuesday of every other month starting in February. Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dates in 2017: February 14, April 11, June 13, August 8, October 9. Holiday gathering in December, details to be announced.
Where: Corte Madera Town Center community room. Take the Tamalpais/Paradise exit off U.S. 101, head west on Tamalpais Drive, turn right into the shopping center, and right at the stop sign. Park on the right. (P.F. Chang is ahead on the left.) Enter the mall courtyard between ivy-covered pillars. The community room is on the second floor of the office building (#770) between the A.T.T. store and Barnes & Noble.
Contact us any time with questions and suggestions. If you are in another county, we can arrange to meet half way and see how to personalize your advocacy where you live.
HCA - CA is part of the AllCare Alliance, which is a founding member of the unified Healthy California campaign to win single payer in our state: www.healthyca.org
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