Healthcare for All
Senator Gonzalez firmly believes in Healthcare for All and that quality healthcare should never be determined solely by employment. Since CA has the 5th largest economy in the world, Lena believes that all Californians, regardless of zip code, should have access to safe and quality healthcare, especially as we fight this global Pandemic. As a member of the Senate Health Committee, she has always prioritized people over profits and has garnered the support of local frontline workers, including the Community Clinics Association, CA Nurses Association, CA Professional Firefighters, United Health Workers, and more.
Lena's first bill (SB1255), recently signed by Governor Newsom, fought against the insurance industry’s discriminatory practice of denying Californians living with HIV of Life and Disability Income Insurance. Lena was also awarded the Healthy Kids Champion award this year by the CA American Cancer Association for her co-authorship of SB793, which banned flavored tobacco for kids and confirmed her stance against receiving tobacco industry contributions.
Lena was appointed to serve as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response—leading the Senate’s efforts on COVID-19 and engaging with the Newsom administration on proactive measures to safeguard and prepare our California communities.