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Happy 45th Birthday Medicare!

Posted on July 30th, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform, Action, Reports, Uncategorized

Today marks the 45th Anniversary of the passing of Medicare! In honor of this occasion, HCAN California and several of our partners, including lead state partner Health Access California, are organizing celebration-events in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco to show our support for Medicare and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act!

Signed by President Johnson on July 30, 1965 - Medicare remains one of the most popular health plans in the country. Currently, there are nearly 5 million California seniors enrolled in the program. Best of all, thanks to provisions in the new health care law, the Medicare program will become significantly better as a result of benefits that make it more efficient and sustainable while also helping to make prescription medicine more affordable for seniors and offering comprehensive preventive care coverage for FREE.

Want to get involved? Join us in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco and help us celebrate Medicare and the new health law!

Click here to RSVP for a celebration event in YOUR city!

We Did It!

Posted on March 30th, 2010 by Patrick Romano in 40 Days to Health Reform, California Needs Reform

WE DID IT! WE MADE HISTORY!

Last Thursday - on the 38th day of our 40 Days to the Finish Line campaign - the House and Senate passed the final health care bill which President Obama will sign into law today! And I’m sending this message to congratulate and thank all of you who helped make it happen!

And I don’t want you to forget how we did it. The work that HCAN-California did to contribute in righting what Dr. Martin Luther King once called “a shocking and inhumane” injustice in our health care system was achieved through the combined effort of our collective advocacy and activism over the past 21 months.

You made history every single day during this historic campaign for health care reform - by signing petitions, knocking on doors, talking to family and friends, telling your health care stories, calling and writing your Members of Congress and joining us across the state for town halls, Congressional visits, marches and rallies.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion in winning legislation that is as important as Social Security, MediCare and Civil Rights. This is your victory and your win! And although our work is far from finished - now is the time for us to celebrate our efforts and the triumph you all achieved.

We have a lot of work to do in the weeks and months ahead - thanking our Members of Congress who stood strong in the face of determined opposition, defending the health care law (yes it’s now a law and not a bill) against attempts at repeal, and to ensure that all of its provisions are properly implemented here in California.

The insurance companies and their allies in Congress have vowed to fight health care reform by every means possible - but we’ll be there to stop them. I will be in touch again soon about what comes next but I want to be clear about one thing…all of this happened because of you!

With sincere gratitude -

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Call your Rep TODAY!

Posted on March 11th, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform, Action, California Needs Reform

(from the HCAN-CA ACTION CENTER)

With a possible vote in the House expected to take place as early as next week - we need to make sure every Congressional representative from California knows that we’re counting on them to support health care reform!

Can you take just a few moments to call your Representative and urge him or her to stand strong for health reform?

No matter how much money the private insurance industry spends on lobbyists, anti-health reform propaganda or conferences - they can’t compete with the collective, unified voice of the people!

Click here to get connected to YOUR Representative TODAY!

Or, dial (toll) free 1-877-264-4226 to get connected NOW!

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Join the Citizens’ Posse

Posted on March 2nd, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform, California Needs Reform

(From the HCAN-CA Action Center)

The private health insurance industry lobbyist front group, “AHIP,” is heading to DC on March 9. As you probably already know, AHIP has been one of the leading anti-health reform forces in this country, and has been equipped with millions and millions of dollars to crush the hopes and aspirations of the American people to reform our country’s broken health care system.

That’s why HCAN and our partners are deputizing folks all across the country to join the Citizens’ Posse! Together, we’ll hold the private health insurance industry and their high-cost lobbyists accountable for their myriad crimes against Americans’ health.

Click here to learn more and sign up to join the Citizens’ Posse!


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Calif. HMO Rates Skyrocket

Posted on February 23rd, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform, California Needs Reform, News

Residents in California are protesting against Anthem Blue Cross, the largest health care provider in the Golden State, which plans to raise rates for many. Ben Tracy reports from Los Angeles.


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California Kicks Off 40 Days to Health Reform

Posted on February 23rd, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform, Action

On Wednesday (Feb 17th) hundreds of Californians joined us in Los Angeles and San Francisco to officially kick-off the “40 Days to Health Reform” campaign, a statewide effort to push through a revised, stronger version of the Senate health reform bill through the reconciliation process before the Congressional East Break.

A big THANK YOU to all who came out and participated and helped make these events such a success.

Check out the latest photos and video from the events:

LA Photos:



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San Francisco Photos:

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40 Days to Health Reform!

Posted on February 19th, 2010 by HCAN California in 40 Days to Health Reform

On Wednesday, February 17th, hundreds of Californians rallied together in San Francisco and Los Angeles to kick off the “40 Days, 40 Nights to Health Reform” campaign and call on Members of Congress to “Get it Done Now” and pass quality health reform.

Over the course of the next 40 days, Health Access California and Health Care for America Now California - along with our partners all across the state - will be asking supporters to take part in a number of activities to ensure that Members of Congress know exactly what we expect from them. This is an opportunity for people on the ground to take action and make sure their voice is heard, and will include a wide variety of activities for people to get involved in, including calling their Members of Congress, submitting Letters to the Editor to their local newspapers, district office visits, house parties and more!

Californians Call on Congress to Finish Reform Right, Feb. 17

Californians Call on Congress to Finish Reform Right, Feb. 17

The goal of this campaign is simple: Tell Congress “We voted for change in 2008. Get it done now! Get it done right!”

And just because we lack the 60th vote in the Senate in order to break Republican filibusters - we still have another opportunity to get it done right!

This new opportunity rests on correcting the flaws contained within the Senate’s version of the Health Care Reform bill. Most notably - we need to correct the so-called “excise tax” and increase affordability provisions in order to make the bill more attractive to Members of the House.

The American people have spoken - and they demand a health reform bill that:

- Eliminates or significantly reduces the so-called excise tax on higher cost health plans

- Improves affordability through the exchange

- Fills the “donut hole” for Medicare/Medi-Cal recipients

- Requires employers to contribute their fair share to employee coverage

- Substantial improvements to the Medicaid program

- Creates a national exchange that includes a public option

After these important changes have been made - the House and Senate can then move forward and pass health reform through the reconciliation process.

We’ve got a lot to do and a short amount of time to do it. And nowhere is this need most acute than right here in California - where our burgeoning population of uninsured families is waiting desperately for reform to make health care more accessible for them; and consumers are waiting anxiously for a reprieve from the monopolistic control of the private health insurance industry.

And while the next 40 days will consist of a concerted nationwide effort to make health reform a reality before the Congressional Easter Break - the country is looking to California to lead the way in this historic battle. Nowhere has the need and demand for health reform been heard loudest than right here in the Golden State. Millions of lives are at stake - and we can’t afford to put this off any longer.

But as always, our efforts are entirely dependent on the continued support and engagement of our dedicated volunteers and activists all throughout the state.

With that said, here’s our first order of business:

We need to call Senators Boxer and Feinstein and urge them to support fixing the Senate Health Reform bill so it can eventually pass the house.

Click here to get connected to Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein TODAY!

Or, dial (toll) free 1-877-264-4226 to get connected NOW!

We’ll send out e-mail action alerts - so if you’re not subscribed already, please do so by clicking here. Actions will also be posted here on the official HCAN-CA Action Center, so please be sure to check back for updates!

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