Threat Of Obamacare Repeal Leaves Community Health Centers In Limbo

NPR, Kaiser Health News on February 24, 2017 at 2:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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For decades, treating people for free or for very little money has been the role of community health centers in California and across the United States. In 2015, 1 in 12 Americans sought care at one of these clinics; nearly 6 in 10 were women, and hundreds of thousands were veterans.

The community clinics — now roughly 1,300-strong — have also expanded in recent years to serve people who gained insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In 2015, community health centers served 24.3 million people — up from 19.5 million in 2010. Most of the centers are nonprofits with deep roots in their communities and meet the criteria to be a federally qualified health center. That means they can qualify for federal grants and a higher payment rate from Medicaid and Medicare.

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Los Angeles Daily News Says "No on Measure S," Encourage Your Employees to Vote on March 7

Gary Toebben on February 21, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Daily News began its editorial this past weekend in opposition to Measure S with these two sentences: "Measure S, the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, is by far the most consequential ballot measure facing Los Angeles city voters on March 7. While it aims to quell conflicts of interest and pay-to-play politics, its good points are outweighed by its unintended consequences, hurting economic vitality and progress in L.A. It deserves a no vote."

We're only two weeks away from one of the most impactful elections in Los Angeles history. That is why the Chamber is urging all of its members to encourage their 650,000 employees in L.A. and L.A. County to vote on March 7.

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Los Angeles Times Agrees - No on Measure S

Gary Toebben on February 14, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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"Measure S would block the construction of new and much-needed housing ... Measure S would make it harder to address homelessness ... Measure S would also stifle economic development in communities that want the development."  - Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, 2/11/17

The largest, most diverse coalition of business, labor, elected officials, civic leaders and non-profits has been communicating with voters for months how dangerous Measure S is to the future of our city. This past weekend, the Los Angeles Times editorial board weighed in, strongly urging a NO vote. While acknowledging the issues that laid the groundwork for the measure, the editorial board stated in no uncertain terms that "Measure S isn't a solution to L.A.'s housing woes, it's a childish middle finger to City Hall."

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The Future of Technology in Small Group Health Insurance

Kirk Whelan, California Broker on February 10, 2017 at 12:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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The individual health insurance marketplace has long benefited from efficient online sales and enrollment tools. And the majority of consumers and agents in the individual market have readily adopted these tools. Web-based, anonymous quoting and agent-affiliated web portals have become commonplace, making the online purchasing experience the norm for both agents and consumers alike.

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Chamber Endorsed Candidates for March 7 election

Gary Toebben on February 7, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Four weeks from today, City of Los Angeles residents will head to the polls to vote for city-wide elected offices and odd-numbered Council Districts. If you vote by mail, please keep an eye out for the ballots that will be mailed this week.

The L.A. Jobs PAC, sponsored by the Chamber, interviewed candidates in selected races over the last few months and is proud to present this list of candidate endorsements for the March 7 election. As you can see, the Jobs PAC did not endorse in all races. 

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How to Help 47,000 Homeless in L.A. County? Vote Yes on Measure H

Gary Toebben on January 31, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Yesterday, I stood with Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Councilmember Curren Price, mayors and councilmembers from other cities throughout L.A. County, labor representatives, social service and non-profit leaders, religious communities and environmentalists in support of Measure H to tackle the crisis of homelessness in L.A. County. This quarter cent sales tax on the March 7 ballot will create a dedicated stream of revenue to provide an array of services, including outreach, housing, mental health care and job training, to the 47,000 homeless individuals in our region.

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One GOP plan says states that like their Obamacare can keep it

Chad Terhune and Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline on January 24, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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California and other states could keep their federally funded insurance exchange with consumer protections intact under a proposal unveiled Monday by two Republican U.S. Senators.

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Measure S Would Be a Giant Step Backwards for Los Angeles

Gary Toebben on January 24, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The sponsors of Measure S claim that this two-year construction moratorium is altruistic, to halt greed and improve life in Los Angeles. They claim that this draconian measure will increase housing affordability and decrease traffic. The exact opposite is true.

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Let's Capture and Use This January's Rain and Snow

Gary Toebben on January 17, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The New Year has delivered the first long, steady rain and snow to California in a long time. Our reservoirs are refilling and our groundwater basins are beginning to replenish.

This is not the time, however, to exhale and assume our water crisis is over. While up to 40 percent of the State is no longer in a drought, that is not the case for Southern California, where some parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties are still classified as "extreme drought." The Metropolitan Water District's regional reservoirs remain at much lower levels than at the beginning of the drought, in part because much of the rain we have received was not captured, it simply flowed to the ocean. We still lack the infrastructure to secure our long-term water reliability and resiliency.

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Advocating For Business and Los Angeles in 2017

Gary Toebben on January 10, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Advocating for legislation that stimulates economic growth, more good jobs and a higher quality of life is one of the core missions of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The heart of our influence and success in these efforts is member engagement. Personally taking your stories to elected officials about the impact of legislation on your companies, organizations and clients is essential to our success.

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