CPC Hosts Free Luncheon With Speaker-Elect Karen Bass to Discuss State Budget Cuts' Impact to Healthcare

LOS ANGELES, May 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 100 community members attended a luncheon today hosted by Californians for Patient Care (CPC). The event, which was free to the public, was designed to increase awareness among attendees of the State's current budget crisis and how proposed Medi-Cal cuts will impact the healthcare of millions of Californians.

The event featured Karen Bass, Majority Leader and Speaker Elect of the California State Assembly, as its keynote speaker. Bass provided information on the State's proposed budget and what impacts reductions would have on patients in California.

"I believe the first step in finding solutions to our State's current fiscal crisis is to increase awareness of it and its impacts among Californians," said Bass. "The proposed budget will impact each of us, especially the uninsured, underinsured and disabled. The only way we can solve together, is when we work together for a healthy California."

Joining her were CPC's Executive Director Maria Robles, who highlighted MyHealthResource.org, a new online resource that she described as free, easy-to-use and designed to help patients find low-cost or no-cost healthcare in California. Also speaking was TMJ Association Founder and Patient Advocate Elizabeth Helms.

"We have a proposed State budget that promises to negatively impact the healthcare of nearly 7 million Californians who depend on Medi-Cal for their healthcare needs," said Robles. "We must provide as much information and healthcare resources, such as MyHealthResource.org as possible to the patients who need them now more than ever."

In addition to this luncheon, CPC also recently launched its Patients First Campaign this spring, which encourages patients statewide to write to their elected officials in Sacramento to tell them to keep budget cuts away from their healthcare. For more information on the Patients First Campaign, CPC or MyHealthResource.org, please visit http://www.calpatientcare.org or http://www.myhealthresource.org.

SOURCE Californians for Patient Care