An Opportunity to Heal- Next Steps for Healthcare Reform
with Sheila Kuehl, Director, Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute; Former California State Legislator
Sunday, February 3, 2012
10:00 am Brunch, 10:45 am Program
Valley address upon RSVP
$10.00 contribution requested (no one turned away for lack of funds)
With the re-election of President Obama as well as the Supreme Court’s June 2012 decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare” is being implemented, and is set to take effect in 2014. Between now and then, regulatory agencies will be deliberating on and issuing a host of regulations pertaining to benefits, coverage, and services. What should consumers know and be concerned about? What are the pitfalls and opportunities?
And, in California, with Democratic super-majorities in both houses, has the time for a single-payer health insurance program finally arrived?
Sheila Kuehl the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California legislature, served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly. In 2008, she left the legislature under California's term limits statute. She authored 171 pieces of legislation dealing with, among other issues, paid family leave; child support services; protection for domestic violence victims; anti-discrimination protection on the basis of gender, disability, and sexual orientation; safeguarding clean water and the environment. Beginning in 2003, she led the fight in the legislature for true universal health care in California. Sheila was selected to address the 1996 Democratic National Convention on the issue of family violence and the 2000 Democratic National Convention on the issue of diversity. She currently is the president of Kuehl Consulting, and serves as founding director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College.