New Federal Attacks on Our Health Care: Substandard AHP Coverage Rule and New Attempt to Repeal the ACA

Fresh federal attacks on our health care were announced today with the Department of Labor’s final rule to expand Association Health Plans, and a renewed congressional attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both actions seek to destabilize our health care marketplace and will lead to increases in premiums for health consumers and the […] Read More

Comprehensive Care4All California Agenda Advances to Improve Universality and Affordability in our Health System

With crucial votes taken this week, a sweeping package of legislation that would move California closer to universal health care has advanced through the state legislature. The bills that passed their final “first house” hurdles this week, combined with those that passed earlier and proposals moving forward in the state budget, would close a large […] Read More

California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Health Care Price Reform

A new poll finds that increasing price of health care is top-of-mind for many Californians, and most want the state to act and provide needed price relief. This comes as Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) announced today that AB 3087, the Health Care Price Relief Act will move forward next year as stakeholders continue to […] Read More

Senate Budget Subcommittee Approves Key Expansions to Medi-Cal, Setting Up Budget Negotiations on Health Investments

On Thursday, May 17th the California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services voted on a proposal that would expand access to Medi-Cal for low-income seniors, restores important Medi-Cal benefits, and increases funding for preventative services. Most notably, the Senate invested $225 million to cover undocumented adults, age 65 and over, in Medi-Cal. This […] Read More

Health Questions for Future Candidate Debates

Last week, the candidates for California Governor had a televised debate–and yet not a single question was on health care. The only mentions were Lt. Governor Newsom’s joke that some potholes are old enough to qualify for Medicare, and a follow-up question to Newsom on high speed rail about costs that added in the cost […] Read More

President Trump’s 136 Question Marks on Prescription Drug Prices

After multiple reschedules, President Donald Trump gave a speech last week on prescription drug prices, unveiling a plan to address the issue that was underwhelming–several noted that the plan had few specific actions, and in fact literally had 136 question marks. While President Trump prioritized lowering prescription drug prices during his campaign, while in office […] Read More

Governor Brown Releases May Revision of 2018-19 #CABudget

On Friday May 11th, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed May Revision to the state’s 2018-19 budget, which continues California’s commitment to implement and improve on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but still leaves around 2.8 million without coverage, and more Californians struggling to afford care. The Governor did not include any new health investments […] Read More

California Assembly Prioritizes $1 Billion in New Health Care Investments to Improve Access and Affordability

With the support of many California community and consumer advocates, on May 7th, California Assemblymembers endorsed a plan to expand Medi-Cal coverage and increase affordability assistance to those purchasing health plans through Covered California and the individual insurance market, taking a major step towards bringing the state closer to a more universal and affordable health […] Read More