March 28, 2017: Sens. Hernandez, Mitchell and Women’s Caucus to host forum on protecting women’s health

March 28, 2017

Join the Senate health leader, budget chair and members of the California Legislative Women's Caucus for a discussion on What's at Stake for Women's Health

SACRAMENTO – California has long embraced policies and programs that protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care. As a result, health outcomes have improved, public dollars have been saved, and teen birth and abortion rates in our state are at their lowest in decades.

Join Senator Ed Hernandez (D–West Covina), Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D–Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Democratic members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and other elected leaders and advocates for a community forum to discuss what's at stake for women's health given the new political climate in Washington, DC. We will examine what must be done to uphold California's values, protect the progress we’ve made, and continue pushing forward throughout Los Angeles County and the state.

For over 30 years, federal law has provided Medi-Cal enrollees with choice in family planning providers, but there has not been a real need before now to place that protection in California statute. The current hostile environment on the federal level towards reproductive rights has made the future of the federal law uncertain. As Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Hernandez has introduced Senate Bill 743, which will serve as a pathway to protect reproductive health access and ensure that Medi-Cal enrollees do not lose access to their preferred providers in the face of anticipated threats on the federal level. This event will highlight this and other essential policies pending in the state Legislature.

WHO: Senator Hernandez, Senator Mitchell, Democratic Women of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, other elected leaders and advocates.

WHAT: Community Forum – What's at Stake for Women's Health: Holding the Line + Pushing Forward in California

WHEN: Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: East Los Angeles Community College, Ingalls Auditorium, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park

WHY: A community forum to discuss what's at stake for women's health in the new political climate and what must be done to uphold California's values, protect the progress we’ve made, and continue pushing forward throughout Los Angeles County and the state.

Open to all credentialed media – Please send RSVP to Diana.Crofts-Pelayo@sen.ca.gov or Amy.Rosenfeld@pp-la.org. Senator Hernandez is available prior to the community forum for interviews.

Diana Crofts-Pelayo

Communications Director

Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., 22nd District

916-651-4022 (Office)

916-651-4922 (Fax)

 

Ray Sotero

Communications Director

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles

State Capitol, Room 5080

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 651-4030 office; (916) 717-0513 cell; ray.sotero@sen.ca.gov

http://senate.ca.gov/mitchell