Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Many families 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.
Get the facts. Learn more about the Affordable Care Act at www.CoveredCA.com.
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 www.CoveredCA.com or call
(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.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:06
Speaker John A. Pérez Statement on the Death of Nelson Mandela
SACRMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the death of Nelson Mandela: “The world has lost one of the greatest crusaders for justice it…Continue reading...
Thursday, 21 November 2013 14:37
Speaker John A. Pérez Statement on Covered California Board’s Decision Regarding Health Plan Policy Renewals
SACRAMENTO—Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the decision by the board of Covered California today to maintain the current board policy for health plan renewals.…Continue reading...
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:21
Speaker John A. Pérez Statement on Legislative Analyst’s Office Report on California’s Fiscal Outlook
SACRAMENTO—Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the Legislative Analyst’s Office report published today on California’s Fiscal Outlook for the 2014-2015 budget: “The numbers released today…Continue reading...
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00
Speaker John A. Pérez Statement on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opening in Silicon Valley
SACRAMENTO – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the U.S Commerce Department announcing a new permanent location for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)…Continue reading...
Friday, 15 November 2013 14:24
Speaker Pérez Statement on Attorney General Harris Shutting Down Imitation Covered California Websites
SACRAMENTO—Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on California Attorney General Kamala Harris shutting down 10 websites that were imitating the state’s health benefit exchange website, Covered…Continue reading...
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00
Assemblymember Bonta, Speaker Pérez & Senate President Pro Tempore Steinberg Encourage Californians to Support Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the first Filipino American elected to the California Legislature, held a joint press conference today with Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and…Continue reading...
Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00
Speaker John A. Pérez Reflects on This Year's Legislative Victories for Veterans in Honor of Veterans Day
LOS ANGELES - Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) will be speaking at the Cinco Puntos All Wars Memorial in Boyle Heights on Veterans Day, where he will honor the…Continue reading...
Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:57
Governor Brown Signs Bill by Speaker Pérez Letting Voters Repurpose Existing Housing Bonds to Better Help Veterans
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today signed the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), giving California voters in…Continue reading...
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 14:28
Speaker Pérez Announces Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment to Find Solutions to California’s Criminal Justice and Prison Challenges
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today announced that the new Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment will hold the first in a series of hearings on Monday, October…Continue reading...
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
California Moves to New Student Testing System as Bonilla’s AB 484 is Signed into Law
“AB 484 is the right educational policy at the right time, and California is the right state to lead this forward.” Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla with Governor Jerry Brown and State…Continue reading...
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.”
Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown – AD 47
“Starting next month, millions of uninsured Californians will have access to affordable, quality healthcare through Covered California. Our state has worked very hard to implement the Affordable Care Act, and I’m looking forward to the 47th Assembly District taking advantage of this valuable opportunity because our District is in desperate need of affordable healthcare services.”
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla – AD 14
"We can't delay our students' progress and their workforce readiness, just because we are not up to the challenge of facing a difficult obstacle.”
Assemblymember Adam Gray – AD 21
"I want to thank the Governor for his prudent spending decisions contained within his budget revision. I find it refreshing that the Governor is taking a long-term view of our budget and reducing debt."
Assemblymember Marc Levine - AD 10
"The May Revision provides reason for cautious optimism. Revenues are up in the short term, but growth is not as fast as any of us would like. It is important that this budget continue to reflect our priorities… There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I believe this Budget will come to be seen as the light at the end of the economic tunnel."
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner – AD 15
"The Governor's May Revise affirms that our state is out of deficit and on the way to economic recovery. With much healthier revenues, California is beginning to restore funding to our schools and community colleges."