July 2004

CABWHP 10th Anniversary Gala

We marked our 10th year Anniversary and acknowledged four "Women Who Dared" during our recent breakfast celebration. The gala, emceed by actress Lisa Gay Hamilton, was held at the City Club on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles on June 10, 2004.

At the gala, we paid special tribute to four outstanding women who have blazed trails in their respective fields. The event's keynote speaker was inspiring community leader Karen Bass (who recently won the Democratic primary election to California's 47th district). We also honored: Meri Nana-Ama Danquah (Author, Willow Weep for Me), Lana Moorer, professionally known as MC LYTE, (legendary female Hip Hop pioneer/actress/activist) and Frances Jemmott (Founder, California Black Women's Health Project). These are women who have stood strong and proud while making a lasting impact on their community.

UPDATE: Universal Healthcare in California

Senate Bill 921, authored by State Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-23) which would provide comprehensive health benefits to every Californian at no new cost to California's general fund, has been passed by the State Assembly Health Committee by a vote of 12 to 5.

SB 921 would create a single, streamlined reimbursement system for medical care in California that has been projected to save the state about $14 billion dollars in administrative healthcare costs alone. These and other substantial savings make it possible to insure every resident of California with a comprehensive health plan that would include medical, dental, vision, mental health and prescription drug coverage among benefits.

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