The Affordable Care Act has been approved.  What happens next with individual healthcare coverage and patient care?  What are the changes? The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, July 26, meeting will  feature a presentation by Sandra Perez, the Director of the California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) to address these questions. The local speaker that night will be Susanna Schlendorf, the Chief of Staff to Assemblymember Joan Buchanan.

As Director of the California OPA Office, Perez represents the interests of over 20 million commercial health plan members. In this capacity, she advocates for the consumer rights and health care quality for all patients in California. Under her leadership, OPA has developed and promoted the State’s annual Health Care Quality Report Card, rated as a top site by the Informed Patient Institute; consumer education materials in multiple languages including an award-winning guide; How to Use Your Health Plan; and implemented a statewide social marketing campaign so that all consumers are well equipped with the necessary information and tools to make informed health care decisions. Ms. Perez is committed to working collaborately with purchasers, elected officials, consumer advocates, health plans, medical groups and other stakeholders to identify ways to improve the quality of health care in California.

Sandra Perez has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Masters of Science in Health Services from University of Southern California respectively. Her Bachelor of Arts from UC Davis is in Community Health and Nutrition. Ms. Perez is also a graduate of the Harvard University’s Executive Leadership Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Leadership California; the National Hispana Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.; Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Leadership Sacramento; and the Center for Creative Leadership in La Jolla, California.

LOCAL SPEAKER: Susanna Schlendorf, Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, to provide an update on the Assembly, current legislation, and the Assemblymember's positions on them.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation).Please RSVP to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

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