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Panel speakers include; David Chase from Small Business Majority, Ken Jacobs from UC Berkeley, and David Panush from Covered California. The panel will be moderated by Daniel Weintraub, editor of the California Health Report.

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May 02, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM


1130 K Street, Room LL3

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This lively lunchtime panel discussion co-hosted by the California Health Report will explain the Affordable Care Act in language that real people can understand. Journalist Daniel Weintraub will moderate a panel of plain-speaking experts to explain the act's implications for middle-income people who will be buying their own insurance, low-income Californians who will gain access to Medi-Cal, and employers who will be buying coverage for their workers or sending them into the new Health Benefits Exchange.

David Chase


David Chase is director of Small Business Majority's California operations, focusing on relationships with small business organizations and owners across the state and working closely with legislators and other policymakers. Previously, he served for more than four years in the office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he built coalitions with business and other stakeholder groups to advance the governor's agenda. David was part of the team responsible for building the coalition behind Governor Schwarzenegger's 2007 comprehensive healthcare reform proposal. He serves on the California healthcare exchange’s Small Business Health Options Program.

Ken Jacobs


Ken Jacobs is the Chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center, where he has been a Labor Specialist since 2002. His areas of specialization include health care coverage, the California budget, low-wage work, the retail industry and public policy. Recent papers have examined the impact that the national health reform law will have on California small businesses, their employees, the self-employed, and the state overall; the economic effects of various options for closing California’s budget deficit; and declining job-based health coverage in California and the U.S. He provided consultation to the City and County of San Francisco on the development of the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance and was a member of the Mayor's Universal Health Care Council.

David Panush



David Panush is Director of External Affairs for Covered California, the state’s new Health Benefits Exchange. David provides executive leadership for the ongoing legislative and regulatory policy and related activities for the Exchange.  Panush previously was the Health Policy Advisor to California Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. He has been a key policy consultant in the Office of the President Pro Tempore since 1986, and has advised the past five State Senate leaders on a variety of policy and fiscal issues.

Daniel Weintraub


Journalist Daniel Weintraub has covered California Public Policy for 25 years and is the editor of the California Health Report at Weintraub has covered the Capitol and California for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the Sacramento Bee and the New York Times. He is the author of “Party of One: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of the Independent Voter.”

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