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Write a Letter to Support SB 562

SB 562 The Healthy California Act
Directions: Please use the following letter as a template for your own personalized support letter.

  • Place your letter on organizational letterhead (if it’s from an organization).
  • Mail, fax or email the letter to Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernandez
  • Phone: (916) 651‑4022
  • Email: senatordothernandezatsenatedotcadotgov  (senatordothernandezatsenatedotcadotgov)  
  • Be sure to cc: Senator Lara at (916) 651‑4033 or email at senatordotlaraatsendotcadotgov  (senatordotlenoatsendotcadotgov)  
  • You may also mail or fax the letter to your own legislator found at

[Today’s Date]

The Honorable Ed Hernandez, O.D.
State Capitol, Room 2080
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651‑4022
Fax: (916) 651‑4922

Dear Dr. Hernandez:

I am writing to express my organization’s strong support for single payer, universal health care and for SB 562, the Healthy California Act. I urge your support for this important legislation and request that you work hard to bring it to the Governor’s desk this year.

Threats to the Affordable Care Act have greatly increased the importance of California’s advocacy for universal health care. Federal health reform is the tipping point for health reform, not the end goal. Single payer remains the gold standard for health care reform and is the only model that will achieve truly universal coverage. SB 562 will dramatically reduce premiums for businesses and families, will cover all medically necessary health care, will eliminate the risk of medical bankruptcy, and is proven to contain health care spending over the long term. Importantly, SB 562 will save California businesses and state and local government millions of dollars in employee health care costs and is the only plan that responsibly funds retiree health care.

Around the world, every wealthy nation except the United States achieves universal health care through some variation of a single payer model of health care. All other nations spend far less than we do and in return receive higher quality care and more of it. California families and employers can no longer afford to foolishly waste 30% of every health care dollar on a private health insurance bureaucracy designed to minimize the payment of claims instead of maximizing the health of the people.

SB 562 would dramatically increase patient choice and provider competition by guaranteeing every Californian total choice over his or her doctors and hospitals instead of the narrow provider networks that restrict choice today. SB 562 would significantly lower health premiums for businesses and families that are struggling to pay unaffordable premiums that rise as much as 40% every year. This legislation will help middle and lower income families and businesses that are the backbone of California’s economy. SB 562 will create jobs, ease the burden on California’s budget and improve health care for every single Californian. I urge your support.


[Your Name]
[Your Organization]