Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients
Deborah Burger, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 6/30/14
The California Nurses Association has endorsed an important patient and consumer protection measure that will be on the ballot this fall. It’s a measure to rein in the spiraling rates and premiums charged by the health insurance industry by requiring them to justify their price hikes.
This Wednesday legislators, that spent the past decade opposing rate regulation legislation, will hold a hearing in Sacramento to discredit the ballot measure. CNA members will be there to rally and participate in the hearing to let them know why the measure is needed.
The five big health insurance companies want this initiative to fail and have already spent $25.4 million to defeat it. Kaiser alone has spent $7.1 million against rate regulation!
It’s time for the public and the policy makers to hear from you!
“Kaiser nurses cannot stand by quietly while Kaiser is hiking rates, cutting care and accumulating vast reserves and using patient care dollars to defeat an initiative that begins to bring some accountability into high prices that insurers impose on patients and families.”
—Katy Roemer RN, Kaiser Oakland.
Attend the rally and the hearing if you can.
What: Rally to support ballot measure for health insurance rate regulation followed by legislative hearing
When: Wednesday, July 2, 1:00 pm
Where: North steps of State Capitol Building
1400 Tenth St. Sacramento, CA
The hearing follows at 1:30 pm in Room 4203, State Capitol
Contact legislators to express your support for the ballot measure and rate regulation. Use the sample script or your own words:
“I am a registered nurse and I work at _________ hospital in _______, CA. I see first-hand how high insurance rates and charges hurt patients. That’s why I support the ballot measure, endorsed by the California Nurses Association to regulate healthcare insurance rates. I want ________ (legislator's name) to show that s/he cares by supporting the initiative too - It's time for healthcare insurers to justify their rates.”
If you recognize your representatives call them first. You can look up who represents your district here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
Then call as many of the others as you can. Thanks!
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
|Senator Ed Hernandez (Chair)||(916) 651-4024|
|Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair)||(916) 651-4023|
|Senator Jim Beall||(916) 651-4015|
|Senator Kevin de León||(916) 651-4022|
|Senator Mark DeSaulnier||(916) 651-4007|
|Senator Noreen Evans||(916) 651-4002|
|Senator Bill Monning||(916) 651-4017|
|Senator Jim Nielsen||(916) 651-4004|
|Senator Lois Wolk||(916) 651-4003|
ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE MEMBERS
|Richard Pan (Chair)||(916) 319-2009|
|Brian Maienschein (Vice Chair)||(916) 319-2077|
|Tom Ammiano||(916) 319-2017|
|Susan Bonilla||(916) 319-2014|
|Rob Bonta||(916) 319-2018|
|Rocky Chavez||(916) 319-2076|
|Wesley Chesbro||(916) 319-2002|
|Jimmy Gomez||(916) 319-2051|
|Lorena Gonzalez||(916) 319-2080|
|Roger Hernandez||(916) 319-2048|
|Bonnie Lowenthal||(916) 319-2070|
|Allan Mansoor||(916) 319-2074|
|Adrin Nazarian||(916) 319-2046|
|Brian Nestande||(916) 319-2042|
|Jim Patterson||(916) 319-2023|
|Sebastian Ridley Thomas||(916) 319-2054|
|Freddie Rodriguez||(916) 319-2052|
|Donald Wagner||(916) 319-2068|
|Bob Wieckowski||(916) 319-2025|
Thanks for taking action to hold the big healthcare insurance companies accountable and win better care and fair coverage for our patients, our families and our communities.
Deborah Burger, RN, co-president of California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.
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