Advisory: Senate Health Committee Hearing on the Affordable Care Act: What's at Stake

January 18, 2017

Senator Hernandez continues his efforts to highlight the benefits of the ACA 

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) will convene the Senate Health Committee to highlight the benefits health care coverage has had for Californians and what there is to lose should the Republican Congress follow through with its plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Last week, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Hernandez issued a joint letter to House Majority Leader Congressman Kevin McCarthy urging him to consider the impact an ACA repeal would have on the lives of people across California.

Repealing the ACA would strike a devastating blow to the health care of millions in California. Furthermore, the state would suffer the loss of 210,000 jobs – including 5,000 in Kern County and 3,000 in Tulare County.

California has led the nation in the implementation of health care reform. Over the first two years of full implementation of the ACA, California experienced the largest percentage point decline in the uninsured rate of any state – a drop from 17.2 percent in 2013 to 8.6 percent in 2015. Nearly 3.7 million individuals have health coverage through the Medi-Cal expansion and more than 1.4 million people have coverage through Covered California.

WHO: Senate Health Committee Chair Senator Hernandez, members of the committee and panelists.

WHAT: Senate Health Committee Hearing on the Affordable Care Act: What’s at Stake

WHEN: Thursday, January 19 at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Kern County Administrative Center, First Floor, Board Chambers – 1115 Truxton Avenue, Bakersfield, CA                    

WHY: The Senate Health Committee will hold a hearing in Bakersfield on what health plans, providers, and other stakeholders have done to implement the ACA in California, the benefits health care coverage has had for Californians, and what is at stake should the Republican Congress follow through with its repeal plans.

There will be a livestream available to watch remotely: https://youtu.be/cV3eskhbxx4. For more information, please visit http://shea.senate.ca.gov/informationalhearings.

Open to all credentialed media – Please send RSVP to Diana.Crofts-Pelayo@sen.ca.gov. Senator Hernandez is available prior to the hearing for interviews.

 

 

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