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The Policy Café breakfast series brings together clinics, policymakers, community leaders, researchers and other stakeholders for quarterly discussions on the issues impacting Los Angeles County’s health care landscape. From sessions on state issues to debates at the federal level, and discussions on life after health care reform, the series drives dialogue on today’s hot topics. No podium. No PowerPoint. Just frank conversation.

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Keeping our Promises When the Budget Gets Tight:
Sustaining Bold Expansions in the Golden State
December 15, 2023 – Virtual Event


Caroline Menjivar
California State Senator

Moderated by

Louise McCarthy
President & CEO

Hosted By:

California leads the nation in its commitment to advancing the health and well-being of all residents. From expanding Medi-Cal to all eligible residents regardless of immigration status to embarking on a historic transformation of the Medi-Cal program, California is boldly raising the bar. Maintaining California’s leadership in coverage and access comes with significant costs, and the ambitious goals of state leaders and lawmakers are often tempered by fiscal reality.

In December 2022, Senator Caroline Menjivar was sworn into the state legislature, representing Burbank and the San Fernando Valley. A former emergency medical technician and domestic violence therapist, the senator has witnessed firsthand how people experiencing mental health crises, domestic violence and substance use disorders face barriers to care. Senator Menjivar was appointed Chair of Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services and a member of the Senate Health Committee. Her legislative and budget priorities demonstrate a strong commitment to the safety net, health centers, and reproductive and mental health.

What’s next for health and mental health policymaking in California? How will the state’s budget deficit impact the legislature’s future spending priorities? What challenges and opportunities should health centers and health care advocates prepare for? Join us for a timely discussion with Senator Menjivar to reflect on the lessons of her first year in the legislature and her vision for the future.


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Date & Time: December 15, 2023 at 9:1010:30 am

Cost: FREE

This event is virtual. Capacity may be limited.


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