Over two million Californians have medical debt. These residents find it difficult to access needed health care or affordable credit. Medical debt and its consequences illustrate the detrimental effect of inadequate health insurance coverage. The financial stress resulting from unaffordable healthcare costs makes it harder for Californians to pay other bills. For Californians with medical debt, their physical, mental and financial health are at risk, as is their long term financial security.
There are clear connections between poverty, lack of health insurance, and poor health. In regions of California with a poverty rate greater than twenty percent, almost all had life expectancies more than two years lower than the state average.
Join the New America Foundation and the Select Committee on Financial Empowerment for a fall speaker series to discuss concrete strategies and actions that policymakers, healthcare providers, financial service providers, nonprofits, and individuals can take to reduce the burden of medical debt, reduce disparities in health, and create savings opportunities for all Californians.
September 27, 2011, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Closing the Health-Wealth Gap: Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities and Create Financial Opportunity
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in Los Angeles
950 South Grand Avenue
September 28, 2011, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Health-Wealth Connection: Understanding the Impact of Medical Debt
East Bay Community Foundation
200 Frank H Ogawa Plz
September 29, 2011, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Unleashing the Power of Health Reform in the Central Valley: A Health-Wealth Conversation
Fresno State University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium
5245 N. Backer Ave.