With health-care reform back in the news, the event will consider what California can implement a state-based financing approach to a system that provides universal care, controls costs and improves outcomes.
Dr. William Hsiao, an internationally known health economist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School Public Health, will give a 25-minute presentation on the health, economic and political background for reform and his views of how to move ahead with a single-payer plan in California.
Cindy Young, a leader in the California single-payer movement with more than 30 years of experience as a policy analyst for organized labor, will comment on Dr. Hsiao’s views and offer her own perspective.
Both speakers will respond to two questions:
- What do the California Governor and legislators need to do to accomplish a unified financing system in California that is accessible, affordable, equitable, high quality and universal?
- What are the actions California voters can be taking now to address their health policy concerns?
The forum will include an audience Q&A. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
By Nov. 18. Please register for this Zoom event at: https://bit.ly/3jemycN.
The event is a continuation of League efforts to educate community members to become better informed voters regarding legislative issues around health care financing and system design. The forum will focus on health-care reform opportunities in California.
Hsiao has helped design health reform and universal health insurance programs for many countries, including Taiwan, China, Colombia, Poland, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Sweden, Cyprus, Uganda, Malaysia and South Africa. He also designed a single-payer universal insurance program for the state of Vermont. He is a member of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Healthy California for All Commission but will be speaking as an individual at the forum.
Young is chair of Health California Now, an organization dedicated to establishing a single-payer system in California. She’s served as director of research for H.E.R.E., Local 2 in San Francisco, senior health policy advisor at the California School Employees Association, regulatory and policy specialist for California Nurses Association.