In his 2011-12 state budget proposal, Governor Jerry Brown proposed balancing the state’s $25.4 billion deficit with a combination of temporary revenue extensions and dangerous cuts. Among these cuts include proposals calling for $1.7 billion in cuts to the state’s Medi-Cal program.
Please join HCAN-California and our lead state partner Health Access California in calling on our elected officials to find alternative solutions to help us mitigate these life-threatening cuts!
Governor Jerry Brown
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
Phone: (916) 651-1529
Assembly Speaker John Perez
Phone: (213) 620-4646
Northern California Legislators:
State Senator Mark Leno
Phone: (415) 557-1300
Southern California Legislators:
State Senator Ed Hernandez
Phone: (626) 430-2499
State Senator Juan Vargas
Phone: (619) 409-7690
And to help you get the conversation started, here are a few suggested messages:
- These Cuts Are Lethal. Share with your legislators how these cuts will threaten you or the people you care about and jeopardize California’s health care system. Be specific: how much money do you have each month, and what will these cuts do to your ability to go to work, pay rent, buy food and get healthcare?
- Alternatives are Possible. In the face of such dangerous and potentially lethal impacts on California’s health care, we are calling on legislators to look at less dangerous alternatives. For example, the legislature could save hundreds of millions of dollars by cutting California’s prison budget, which the Governor’s proposal leaves untouched!
- “Be Our Champions.” We need to urge legislators and key budget decision makers to be “our champions” and find alternative solutions to mitigate these life-threatening cuts! More than anything, we need to let them know what kind of California WE ALL want to live in!