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Richard Thomason

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Richard Thomason

Program Officer, Health Care and Coverage
Blue Shield of California Foundation
state legislation to improve health care services and delivery
laws to expand health care coverage to working Californians
laws to rein in health care costs
laws that increase access to affordable prescription drugs
laws that combat teen smoking
laws to prevent drinking water contamination


Richard Thomason is the program officer for health care and coverage at the Blue Shield of California Foundation. He was principal consultant for Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer. Frommer led the fight to improve access to health care and higher education in California. He introduced key legislation addressing California's ailing health care system, including bills to expand health care coverage to working Californians, rein in runaway health care costs and increase Californians' access to affordable, lifesaving prescription drugs. Following an investigation into allegations of price gouging by Tenet Healthcare Corp., Frommer authored legislation that requires hospitals to disclose their price lists. In addition, Frommer secured $142 million in federal funds to reimburse California public hospitals for outpatient services provided to Medi-Cal patients in 2002 and 2003. He authored laws to reduce teen smoking, ban the sale of cigarettes to children over the Internet, ensure working mothers have proper accommodations for expressing breast milk and prevent the release of MTBE and other harmful contaminants in drinking water systems.

50 Beale Street, 14th Floor
San Francisco  California  94105
United States
Office Phone: 
(415) 229-6080


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