July 20, 2012
The California Endowment and CA Black Health Network to Host a Media Conference Call on the Affordable Care Act and its Implications on African American Communities
WHAT: The Supreme Court announced its highly anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). So what does it mean for African Americans, their health and well-being? The California Endowment and California Black Health Network will host a media conference call with health and policy experts on the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act and the Court’s decision on African Americans, on the state of California and the nation.
WHEN: The call is scheduled on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM PST. To register please click on this link: http://www.atconference.com/events/registration.php?ID=c38e9df8-8b5e-4dc0-bd5f-b9c75ffeac22.
- Herb Schultz, Director, Region IX, Department of Health and Human Services
- Senator Curren Price, California’s 26th State Senate District, Chair, California Legislative Black Caucus
- Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President, The California Endowment
- Calvin Freeman, Chairman, Board of Directors, California Black Health Network
- Darcel Lee, Executive Director, California Black Health Network
- Dr. Gary Puckrein, PhD, President & CEO, National Minority Quality Forum
WHY: The California Endowment and California Black Health Network are dedicated to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a law with monumental impact on our nation. Read Complete Media Alert
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. California Black Health Network is pleased to announce that the ruling upheld President Obama’s landmark law also known as the ACA. It is considered by some to be the most sweeping and historical piece of legislation since the passing of the Social Security Act and today’s announcement one of the Court’s most important decisions this year.
Calvin Freeman, chair of the California Black Health Network (CBHN) Board of Directors said: “We are thrilled that the highest Court of the land has chosen to uphold a law that will not only begin to reform the existing health care system, but that has already expanded coverage to millions of Californians, including low-income African Americans, children with preexisting conditions and children under the age of 26. Freeman went on to say, “California has seen significant and quantifiable results in the two years since this legislation was passed and signed into law by President Obama.”
Darcel Lee, executive director of CBHN says: “California certainly benefits from the Court’s decision, but so does the rest of the country. Approximately 50 million people were uninsured throughout 2010 and their lack of medical insurance translated into higher costs for care as well as preventable deaths. The ACA has already accomplished so much including access to free preventive services. It is a law that will go a long ways toward reducing health disparities and deaths in our communities. CBHN is thrilled with this decision and will continue to champion the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and to actively advocate on behalf of its successful implementation.
Lee also stated: “The CBHN mission is to improve the health status of people of African descent in California and eliminate health disparities through legislative, administrative and media advocacy. We have a vision of building healthy families in healthy communities throughout California. The Patient protection and Affordable Care Act supports our efforts to accomplish that both our mission and our vision.”
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Legislature’s Budget Actions Mean More One-Sided Sacrifice
SACRAMENTO, CA — Darcel Lee, Executive Director of the California Black Health Network (CBHN), released the following statement tonight in response to the Legislature’s vote passing $7.4 billion in budget cuts:
“Californians are all painfully aware that our state’s economic predicament calls for shared sacrifice. Unfortunately that’s not what we got with tonight’s budget actions, which simply continued the barrage of cuts to vital programs and services for the poor and vulnerable. The only thing that makes worse is the fact that there’s another $20 billion in cuts pending if Republicans don’t give California voters the chance to decide for themselves on revenue generation.”
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The California Black Health Network (CBHN) is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the health status of the 2.2 million people of African descent in California. CBHN’s mission is to advocate for programs, regulations, and policies that serve to eliminate health disparities disproportionately affecting the African American community including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, AIDS, breast and prostate cancer.