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Valley residents invited to Assembly hearing in Fresno on Republican health care plan

Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, will be one of the state lawmakers at a hearing in Fresno Wednesday on the American Health Care Act, the Republican proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, will be one of the state lawmakers at a hearing in Fresno Wednesday on the American Health Care Act, the Republican proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

The public is invited to an Assembly joint informational hearing Wednesday in Fresno on the potential effects to Californians from the American Health Care Act, the Republican-proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

The hearing will be from 1-4 p.m. in Fresno City Hall Chambers at 2600 Fresno St.

The public will be given time for comment at the end of the meeting, which is being chaired by Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, who is chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; and by Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, who is chairman of the Assembly Health Committee.

Speakers at the hearing will include Brian Metzker, fiscal and policy analyst for the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office; Laurel Lucia, manager of the Health Care Program at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education; Ruben Chavez, chief administrative officer for Clinica Sierra Vista; and Kendra Rodgers, managing director of Early Childhood Policy at Children Now and former Fresno First 5 executive director.

Several health care consumers also are scheduled to speak, including Natasha Moiseyev and Jesse Marquez of Fresno and Florence Crowsen of Merced.

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