To provide more accessible venues for citizens to understand the financing of projects and to voice their opinions, the Health Financing Authority should either hold local approval hearings in each jurisdiction in which a project will be built or create a cost-effective technological solution (streaming video, teleconference, etc.) to provide more public accessibility.
The Health Financing Authority indicated that it will now provide telephone access for all of its local approval hearings so members of the public may participate via a toll-free phone call. The Health Financing Authority demonstrated its new process using an October 2012 hearing for the city of Hope. The Health Financing Authority published notices for this hearing in both The Sacramento Bee and in the Los Angeles Times. These notices included the date and time of the hearing, an address for members of the public who wished to attend in person, and a toll-free number and participation code for members of the public who wished to participate remotely. (See 2013-406, p. 34)
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