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About this event

Making sure every Californian has access to quality health care should be a top priority for policymakers. Despite significant progress toward universal coverage over the last decade, we know that racial disparities in coverage persist. In addition, many Californians are losing access to health care, including our state’s Medi-Cal system. 

We’ll explore the recent downward trend in Medi-Cal coverage and learn what state leaders can do to ensure that all Californians can access and maintain the health coverage they need in order to be healthy and thrive.

You’ll hear from a panel featuring a researcher, an advocate, a community health worker, and a state official, each offering their unique perspective on efforts to expand health care coverage and build a robust health workforce that reflects communities throughout California.


  • Adriana Ramos-Yamamoto, Senior Policy Analyst (moderator)
  • Maria Lemus, Executive Director, Vision y Compromiso
  • Celia Valdez, Director of Health Coverage, Maternal and Child Health Access
  • Elizabeth Landsberg, Director, California Department of Healthcare Access and Information

Thank you to our event sponsors

Blue Shield of California Foundation, Heising Simons Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Hilton Foundation

About the California Budget & Policy Center

The California Budget & Policy Center is a research and analysis nonprofit advancing public policies that expand opportunities and promote well-being for all Californians.

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