TOMORROW: Governor Newsom to Visit San Diego 2-1-1 Center to Highlight Budget Investments in Health Care Affordability and Access

SAN DIEGO — Governor Gavin Newsom will tour 2-1-1 San Diego tomorrow to highlight California’s national leadership in the fight to make health care more affordable and move closer toward the goal of health care for all. The Governor will highlight first-in-the-nation health care proposals that became law as part of the 2019-2020 state budget. 2-1-1 San Diego plays a vital role in connecting residents of San Diego County with health care and other services.

Governor Newsom’s first budget includes over $1 billion in health insurance premium subsidies over three years to help more low- and middle-class Californians afford health coverage through Covered California. As part of Governor Newsom’s affordability goals, the individual mandate restoration in the budget will provide premium support for the first time to middle-income individuals earning up to $72,000 and for families of four earning up to $150,000. Last month, Covered California announced a rate change of 0.8 percent for California in 2020 and 0.2 percent for San Diego, which are the lowest increases since they began offering coverage in 2014. As part of Covered California’s Contracted Navigator Program, the San Diego 2-1-1 center has educated over 70,000 consumers about the options available on Covered California.

WHO: Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly

WHEN: Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:35 a.m. (Media may access the site no earlier than 10:00 a.m. Press event to start at 10:35 a.m.)

WHERE: Location will be provided upon confirmation of RSVP.

**NOTE: The availability is open to credentialed media only and will be streamed live at the @CASenateDems Twitter page. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Danella.Debel@gov.ca.gov.