Advisory: Senate Health Leader to Visit San Diego to Discuss Health Care

March 22, 2017

Senator Hernandez to convene a Senate Health Committee Informational Hearing on Friday

Senator Hernandez to participate in a health care townhall on Saturday 

SACRAMENTO – With their push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans in Congress continue to threaten the health care of millions of Californians. Despite growing support for the law, the Republican Congress plans to take health care away from the poor and working class in order to finance tax cuts for the wealthy under the GOP health care plan, otherwise known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). State and local leaders will gather in San Diego this weekend to highlight the benefits the region has experienced as a result of the expansion of health care coverage and how the GOP’s AHCA could impact California.

Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), Chair of the Senate Health Committee, will be traveling to San Diego to convene a Senate Health Committee Informational Hearing on the AHCA Friday, March 24, and will meet with local residents during a community health care townhall on Saturday, March 25. Senator Hernandez has authored much of the legislation implementing the ACA in California during his tenure in the legislature.

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 7.1 percent in 2016. 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.

Friday, March 24 – Senate Health Committee Informational Hearing on the AHCA

The Senate Health Committee will be having an informational hearing on March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in San Diego entitled The Impact of the American Health Care Act in California: What’s at Stake. The hearing will be held at San Diego State University, Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, Fowler Family Ballroom. 

WHO: Senate Health Committee Chair Senator Hernandez, Senator Toni Atkins, other members of the committee and panelists

WHAT: The Impact of the American Health Care Act in California: What’s at Stake

WHEN: Friday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: San Diego State University, Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, Fowler Family Ballroom 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1690. Participants may park in PS7 for an additional cost.

WHY: The purpose of this hearing is to inform policymakers and the public about the impact the pending Congressional bill, known as the American Health Care Act, would have on California, if enacted.

There will be a livestream available to watch remotely: https://youtu.be/7vAHmgfvcnY

 

Saturday, March 25 – Health Care Townhall in San Diego with Local Residents and Leaders

Senator Hernandez will be participating in a health care townhall, hosted by Assemblymember Todd Gloria, addressing the gains California has made with the implementation of the ACA and what the state stands to lose. The townhall will be held at the UC San Diego Price Center in the West Ballroom.

WHO: Senate Health Committee Chair Senator Hernandez, Senator Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and Congresswoman Susan Davis.

WHAT: Health Care Townhall in San Diego

WHEN: Saturday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: UC San Diego Price Center (2nd Floor) in the West Ballroom. Parking will be available in the Gilman Parking Structure located at Gilman & Villa La Jolla Drive.

WHY: This is an opportunity for the public to share with local and state leaders their questions, priorities, and perspectives on healthcare.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061899740583299/

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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