CalCare (AB 1400) Has Just Been Introduced in California!
CaHPSA E-Newsletter ∙ Volume 2, Issue 8  February 2021
Hello health justice advocates! 
      Happy February! This month, we have some exciting news: as of February 19, 2021, the Assembly of the California State Legislature has introduced a bill proposing the creation of CalCare, a California-wide single-payer health system! This bill, known as AB 1400, guarantees comprehensive, single-payer health care to all Californians. The co-authors of the bill include Assembly member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Alex Lee (D-San Jose), and Miguel Santiago (D- Los Angeles), among others, and was sponsored by the California Nurses Association (CNA). Here is a link to the press release for this inspiring development! 

       AB1400 states that ALL Californians, regardless of employment, income, immigration status, race, gender, or any other consideration, can get free healthcare at the point of service, paid for by the government. It includes provisions for people with disabilities, as well as the elderly. Additionally, any participating health care providers are prohibited from discriminating against a person (for example, by reducing/denying CalCare benefits to them) based on the person’s status, condition, or other characteristics. You can find further information here. 

     The hope is that CalCare will reduce health care costs by cutting out the “bloat, waste, and inefficiencies” in our current for-profit system, saving California’s businesses and families money, and by making our state government the “single-payer” to insurance companies. This bill also incorporates existing benefit programs like Medi-Cal, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into the comprehensive CalCare system; ensuring those benefits continue seamlessly.  

          AB1400 would also create a CalCare board, made up of 9 voting members who demonstrate health care expertise, plus the Secretary of California Health and Human Services as a nonvoting member. It also establishes a CalCare Public Advisory Committee, as well as an Advisory Commission on Long-Term Services and Supports. To read the bill, and sign up for updates, click here.

         In 30 days time, on March 22, 2021, AB1400 will be heard by the Rules Committee, and will require a majority vote to be passed. The subsequent steps include a second and third reading and another vote for passage to the other House in our State Legislature, the Senate. Here the bill will undergo a similar process to be signed into official law. For more information on the process of signing a bill into CA State Law, click here. We'll also be keeping track of further developments on this historic bill, so stay tuned!  

California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA)
Upcoming CaHPSA Event!
Pathways to Advocacy in Health Professions

         Health advocacy has become an increasingly popular practice over the past year, galvanized by support from public health experts, policymakers, and the public alike. But health professionals have been important health care activists too. This panel brings together four health professionals spanning different roles in health care. As we approach the one year anniversary of the pandemic, we seek to provide insights on how health professionals have advocated on behalf of their patients during this time—both in the clinic and in the Capitol. Not only do we aim to expose our audience to different healthcare professions, but we also seek to demonstrate how central advocacy is to these careers.

         Panelists will include Dr. Steven Chen, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP, FNAP, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at USC (top right); Angelica Martin, MPH, current UC Davis medical student, and former CaPA Executive Director (bottom right); Saloni Swarup (invited), PA-C and President-Elect of the California Academy of PAs (top left); and BJ Bartleson (invited), RN, MS, NEA-BC, and Vice President (Nursing and Clinical Services Division) of the California Hospital Association (bottom left).
          CaHPSA at Berkeley, in collaboration with You’re The Cure, the advocacy arm of the American Heart Association, will be delivering and moderating this panel via Zoom on Tuesday, March 9th, from 8 pm to 9 pm (PT). We will be asking panelists pre-planned questions, fielding questions from the audience, and providing a space for students to talk to panelists individually in breakout rooms. Zoom details are below; all participants must be logged into a Zoom account in order to participate in the event.

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Introducing the new CaHPSA Co-coordinators!!!
Yesenia Buenrostro Ramirez and Lia Lopez
Yesenia Buenrostro Ramirez
I am a first-generation Fresno State graduate, I earned my B.S in Kinesiology and a minor in Deaf Studies. During these gap years I am completing an informal post bacc. I enjoy volunteering my free time to organizations that have the same values I hope to represent. I am an ambassador for MiMentor Central California Board and an ambassador for Health Career Connections. Most recently I was blessed with the opportunity to take on the role or CaHPSA coordinator, which I am thrilled about! One of the main reasons I applied to the position was because I wanted to submerge myself in the world of health policy and advocacy. I believe that a physician or health provider can only do so much within the walls of their office as they provide direct health care, but it is what we can also do outside of those walls that has a bigger impact on our communities. Being able to move and motivate students to stand in front of our elected officials to demand health justice and reform is what I hope to accomplish. Especially in the Central Valley, where I have had the pleasure to work with many motivated students and recent graduates. We need more action throughout California and I hope to build a bridge to accomplish this.
Lia Lopez
Hello everyone! My name is Lia Lopez and I recently joined CaHPSA as your new co-Coordinator. I am thrilled to join CaHPSA and hope to get to know you all as I settle in and learn more about the organization. 

I come from a small town called San Pedro in LA and moved to Davis, CA to pursue my B.S in Biological Sciences and Minors in Public Health and Psychology. I come to you with experience in the health professional field, outreach, and advocacy; hoping to use those skills to further the important missions of this organization. When I'm not working on current projects/assignments, I like to be outdoors. You can find me hiking the trails near Sacramento or enjoying a day by the beach. 

I am excited to be spearheading Project White Coat and assisting our Northern chapters in recruitment, retention, and advocacy. I hope to increase our member Counselor Certifications and continue reaching out to underserved communities for enrollment in Covered California health plans or Medi-Cal. Thank you to everyone for being so welcoming as I transition to this role and look forward to working with you all.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra, California Nurses Association Announce CalCare Single-Payer Legislation to Guarantee Health Care for All Californians

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