Renewing the Bridge to Reform (Section 1115 Waiver)

Samantha Beasley on November 19, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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At our last Health Care Council Meeting, we had a great discussion on issues to include in our 2015 advocacy agenda. In this, California’s section 1115 “Bridge to Reform” Waiver arose. Set to expire in October of 2015, the current 5-year demonstration waiver provides initiatives to invest in the state’s health care delivery system to tackle the significant changes spurred on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Foreign Trade Missions Pay Off

Gary Toebben on November 18, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is leading a trade mission this week and next to China, Korea and Japan. The Mayor and his delegation of public and private sector leaders will convey a message to businesses in those three countries that L.A. invites and welcomes their investment, trade and tourists.

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Remembering our Veterans

Gary Toebben on November 11, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today we commemorate the millions of men and women who have risked their lives fighting for the United States of America. 

As we emphasize today, freedom is not free. It demands vigilance and commitment from all of us and sacrifice by those who personally serve in our armed forces. 

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New Leadership in the Senate, and CA Voters Reject Prop 45 and 46

Samantha Beasley on November 7, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Earlier this week we all woke up to a post-midterm political scene, and although the results haven’t lead to any grand predictions of sweeping regulatory or legislative health care reform in the coming state and congressional sessions, a few items are worth keeping an eye on.

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Vote Tomorrow on Crucial Business Decisions

Gary Toebben on November 3, 2014 at 7:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses and their employees to vote for these candidates and ballot propositions endorsed by the Chamber PAC and the Chamber Board of Directors in the election tomorrow. Every one of these votes is crucial to our future. 

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Lack of Port Agreement a Threat to Christmas and the New Year

Gary Toebben on October 28, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Coordinated Care for Hard-to-Reach Populations

Samantha Beasley on October 22, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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When it comes to getting health care coverage for Los Angeles County’s residents, some of the very hardest-to-reach populations are those who are homeless or mentally ill. Although these are people who will most likely qualify for free Medi-Cal coverage, it’s estimated that up to 77 percent don’t understand or take advantage of the social services available to them. In continuation of this Chamber’s efforts to reach our county’s residually uninsured, including the homeless and mentally ill, today our Health Care Council will be discussing regional efforts to provide comprehensive mental health services and coordinated care with Supervisor Michael Antonovich and United Way.

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Thank You John. Welcome Back Ray.

Gary Toebben on October 21, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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What happens in the classrooms of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) determines the economic opportunities that lie ahead for nearly 700,000 K-12 students. It also determines whether L.A.’s businesses and their employees will be able to compete in the global marketplace in the future. 

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Vote YES on Proposition P (for Parks) on Nov. 4

Gary Toebben on October 14, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In our day-to-day hustle, it’s easy to forget how beautiful L.A. County really is. Our County’s parks and beaches are essential factors in the quality of life we all enjoy and on Nov. 4, voters have a chance to protect and maintain these natural resources. 

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One Year In: Americans and Businesses Respond to the ACA

Samantha Beasley on October 8, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Last month, Chamber Members heard from Hector De La Torre, executive director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS). As a nonprofit focused on helping consumers and businesses navigate the health care landscape, TCHS provided valuable information about the ACA’s implementation over the past year and the challenges facing our small businesses. Their most recent report, One Year In: Americans and Businesses Respond to the ACA, builds on this discussion

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