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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Covered California

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over the next few years. The Affordable Care Act will protect consumers, make coverage more affordable, and expand health care access. Starting January 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

California was the first state in the nation to enact legislation to start implementing the Affordable Care Act. It created Covered California, a marketplace where Californians can buy health coverage that cannot be denied or canceled if they are sick or have pre-existing health conditions. Starting January 2014, Californians will have access to quality health coverage through Covered California, with pre-enrollment commencing in October 2013.

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California Marches Forward to Making Health Insurance Affordable for Everyone

The Golden State's version of the federal Affordable Care Act has hit the ground running. Covered California has officially started open enrollment to provide affordable, high quality health care coverage to its citizens in an open marketplace. Californians who sign up in 2012, will start their health care coverage on January 1, 2013, although residents can sign up through March 31, 2014. Covered California is aimed at uninsured Californians, but anyone who is eligible can sign up. You can't be denied or penalized for a pre-existing condition. In addition, you could be eligible for federal subsidies to help pay premiums if your family qualifies for financial assistance. A majority of Californians who are happy with their current health insurance can keep the coverage they already have. Watch this Assembly Access video for more details. To enroll visit or call
(800) 300-1506.

Friday, September 13, 2013
Speaker Pérez: California Assembly Wraps-Up Productive Legislative Year, Focused on Fiscal Responsibility and Increasing Prosperity

(Sacramento) – As the 2013 session of the California Legislature adjourned, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) called the session a productive year where the Assembly remained focused on the values and priorities of the people of California. “We passed major bills on a variety of important topics this year, including the Middle Class Scholarship, health care expansion, and affordable housing for veterans,” Speaker Pérez said. “The record shows that we were clearly focused on maintaining fiscal responsibility, increasing prosperity and opportunity, delivering effective, efficient services and investing in California’s future.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Speaker John A. Pérez Statement on Passing On-Time, Balanced California Budget

(Sacramento) – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on passing a balanced and on-time state budget:

“For the third year in a row, the Assembly has approved a balanced, on-time budget. Over the past three years, the work we have done has eliminated our structural deficit, balanced our books and increased our credit rating. The budget we have adopted today builds on that tremendous progress using the principles we outlined in the Blueprint for a Responsible budget: maintaining fiscal responsibility, strengthening the middle class and making government services more efficient and effective. We make crucial investments in the middle class, namely by repaying schools $2 billion in deferrals from previous years and by establishing the middle class scholarship to cut student fees by up to 40 percent at UCs and CSUs. And we take action to remove significant barriers to small business expansion and hiring.We expand healthcare coverage for more than one million Californians, and approve a new funding formula to put more money in the schools that need it most. This is a budget that reflects our principles of fiscal responsibility and opportunity for the middle class. It reflects the values of the people of California and the urgent challenges facing our state. I am grateful to my colleagues--especially Budget Chair Blumenfield, the Budget Sub Committee Chairs and our Assembly Conferees for their hard work in crafting a budget worthy of the people of California.”

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Medi-Cal Expansion Bill by Speaker Pérez Approved

(Sacramento) - The California Legislature has approved a measure by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) that will expand Medi-Cal coverage to more than 1 million low-income and uninsured Californians, a key element of implementing the Affordable Care Act. “With this bill we will help ensure California remains the nation’s leader in health care reform, and provide more Californians with access to affordable, quality health care,” Speaker Pérez said. AB 1X-1 now goes to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

The Issues

What Members Are Saying
  • Assemblymember Steven Bradford – District 62

    "Young people are our greatest resource. Unfortunately, too many of our policies—from education to criminal justice—disproportionately punish young men of color. We need to do everything we can to empower these individuals to reach their fullest potential. I am pleased that the White House has taken the initiative on this issue, and I look forward to sharing what we have learned in California to help make this national program successful."

  • Speaker John Pérez – District 53

    “It is imperative that we form a state-led commission that allows California to take a leading role on cybersecurity issues, and to take a critical step in helping ensure public safety on this front.”

  • Assemblymember Cheryl Brown – District 47

    “Due to the slow recovery of our economy, our seniors are in great need of special assistance and support. I am urging Congress to restore the critical funding needed to continue the senior nutrition program. Empowering seniors to stay healthy and eat well is essential to their health and well-being. Eliminating meals to homebound elderly should never happen.”

  • Assemblymember Kevin Mullin – District 22

    “With turnout rates in special elections reaching all-time lows, I think we are overdue for a fresh look at our state’s election procedures. Research indicates that the vote-by-mail system boosts turnout in special elections while saving taxpayer money.”

  • Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla – District 14

    “Children with college savings accounts are seven-times more likely to attend college. Our legislation will increase the number of families saving for college and also increase the amount of money they set aside for higher education.”

  • Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III – AD 64
    “Today’s approval by the California Legislature to name the western span of the Bay Bridge the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge is a fitting and worthy tribute to one of California’s greatest public servants… Willie Brown personifies the California Dream: that with hard work, fearless determination and faith, anything can be accomplished. This designation is only a small token of respect and gratitude to one of California’s greatest sons.”

  • Assemblymember Roger Dickinson – AD 7
    “AB 169 will keep non-rostered, unsafe handguns out of the hands of people who don't have a legitimate and lawful reason to own them. By limiting the guns available for sale we can further protect our families and our communities from gun violence.”

  • Assemblymember Kevin Mullin – AD 22
    “California is home to over one quarter of the immigrants who live in the United States. We have a civic obligation to ensure our laws adequately protect all people from exploitation and workplace retaliation based on immigration status.”

  • Assemblymember Luis Alejo – AD 30
    “This year in his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a raise in the minimum wage as one way to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class, but even with widespread support, Congress has not raised the minimum wage. Once again, California is leading the effort to rebuild our middle class.”