Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage Announces Agenda and Speakers

Thursday, December 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO—Co-chairs Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) and Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) announce the agenda and speakers for the  second in a series of hearings of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage to be held December 11 at the Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 S. Spring Street in Los Angeles.

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and the agenda for the hearing and panelists' biographies can be found here: http://healthcare.assembly.ca.gov/content/2017-2018-hearings

This hearing will feature experts presenting several different health care systems within U.S. cities and states, both proposed and in operation, and the challenges faced in achieving health care for all.

Speakers include:

  • Heather Howard, director of State Health and Values Strategies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and director of the State Health and Values Strategies program.
  • Paul Hattis, MD, associate professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University and former commissioner on the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.
  • Ken Jacobs, chair of UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education. Jacobs also leads a multi-campus program providing research and technical assistance to consumer stakeholders and policymakers on the effects of the Affordable Care Act and measures to cover the remaining uninsured in California.
  • Former three-term governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, a leader in progressive policies including achieving near universal health care coverage with the lowest uninsured rates in the country.
  • Larry Levitt, senior vice president for Special Initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation and senior advisor to the president of the foundation. He also serves as co-executive director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance. Levitt was also a senior health policy advisor to the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Sule Gerovich, senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research and former director of Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission.
  • Cindy Mann from Manatt Health and former deputy administrator and director of the U.S. Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Services.

The next hearing, planned for early 2018, will look at various proposals as well as legal and other challenges that must be addressed.

The select committee was created in March by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, with Wood and Arambula as co-chairs. Other committee members appointed include Assemblymembers Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Marie Waldron (R-Escondido).

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