Thursday, March 5, 2015

(Sacramento) – At a news conference on the steps of the State Capitol Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernández (D-Azusa) joined health care providers, patients and advocates to announce  legislation (AB 366 and SB 243) to restore a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal reimbursement and require that Medi-Cal payments to providers be on par with what Medicare pays for the same services. “I believe health care should be a right and not a privilege,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “ AB 366 and SB 243 are critical steps toward ensuring that the health care coverage millions have signed up for is meaningful and actually provides real access to quality health care.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Millions of Californians are walking around with insurance cards that hold no or little weight," said Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), who authored one of the bills. "That insurance card should ensure access."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coalition Seeks to Increase Medi-Cal Rates to Medicare Levels

Sacramento – Preceding today’s joint legislative informational hearing to address pitfalls within California’s Medicaid system (Medi-Cal), Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernandez and Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta joined healthcare providers, patients and advocates on the steps of the Capitol. Newly introduced, legislation to restore a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal reimbursement goes a step further than in past efforts by proposing that Medi-Cal payments to providers be on par with what Medicare pays for the same services.

 “Expanding access to health care coverage, as we have done under the ACA, is a significant accomplishment but in order to truly be revolutionary that coverage must be accompanied by meaningful access to a provider,” said Senator Hernandez. “Unfortunately, millions of Californians in the Medi-Cal program lack that access because we pay providers an embarrassingly low rate. A Medi-Cal card needs to be more than an empty promise.”    

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The legislation, Assembly Bill 1240, co-authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, would align California with a nationwide push to feed breakfast to more children by serving it after the bell, either in the classroom, as a grab-and-go meal from a cart or as a second-chance breakfast during a mid-morning classroom break.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - With a single piece of legislation, AB 1240, state legislators took a bold step today to boost academic performance, revitalize California’s limited school breakfast program and more effectively manage existing funding. AB 1240, introduced by Assemblymembers  Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), calls for  practical fixes to improve access to the  school breakfast program and ensure more students start their school day well-nourished and ready to learn.

“Even students with the best teachers and curriculum will struggle to learn if they come to school hungry,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta. “Research has consistently shown that hungry kids can’t focus at school, making it difficult for them to be productive and engaged students. By giving students the basic opportunity to nourish themselves and thrive in a positive educational environment, AB 1240 offers a simple solution to help address California’s achievement gap.”

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Speaker appoints Assemblymembers Bonta and Jones-Sawyer, Sr. to chair committee to improve the lives of boys and men of color

(Oakland, CA) Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Speaker Toni Atkins appointed him Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, alongside Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D- Los Angeles).

As the first and only Filipino American ever elected to serve in the California State Legislature and as a father raising a son of Black Puerto Rican, Asian, and European heritage, Bonta is personally invested in and committed to improving the life outcomes of young boys and men of color: “One of my first acts as an Assemblymember was to request to serve as a member on the Select Committee and I’ve been an active participant over the past two years under the skilled stewardship of former Assemblymember Steven Bradford. I’m honored to continue his work, as well as the strong leadership of my predecessor in the Assembly, former Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson, who created the Select Committee over four years ago. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 00:00

Town Hall MeetingJoin me next week for a community town hall to discuss proposed legislation and local efforts to provide children with a quality education, keep our neighborhoods safe from violence, maintain our social safety net, and create good jobs and prosperous communities through smart economic development.

Wednesday, February 11
6 - 7 p.m.

Alameda Free Library – Room
1550 Oak Street

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The AHEAD Act Will Uncover Education and Health Disparities in API Ethnic Subgroups

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was joined today by Assemblymembers Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond); and Members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, as he unveiled the Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics Act, or the AHEAD Act, to require institutions of higher learning and health agencies to disaggregate data for specified ethnic subgroups.

“Hmong, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Tongan,” Bonta named a few of the numerous subgroups of the API population. There are more than 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was joined by Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), representing the California Legislative Black Caucus; Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), representing the California Latino Legislative Caucus; former Assemblymember Mike Eng; and Members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, as he unveiled his Assembly Bill 176, the Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics, or the AHEAD Act, to require institutions of higher learning and health agencies to disaggregate data for specified ethnic subgroups. “The population of California is uniquely diverse, especially within the API community. And it’s so important that our policy leaders understand this diversity and are sensitive to the fact that APIs are not all the same. While we share some of the same challenges, such as language access issues, racial discrimination, and obstacles born of immigration, each of our diverse communities has different social, economic and educational outcomes that need to be addressed appropriately,” explained Bonta. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vargas says getting his license was the “happiest day” of his life

Vargas license

Jose Antonio Vargas presents his new driver’s license to the crowd during Tuesday’s press conference at the State Capitol.

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Evan Low (D-San Jose), and Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) were honored this week to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, to the State Capitol to highlight why the Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB 60) and the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action are important to the Asian Pacific Islander community.