To Counter #TrumpSabotage, CA Legislature Must Pass Ban on Junk Insurance

Yesterday, the Trump Administration’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a final rule to extend the use of short-term health insurance plans from the current three-month span to a full year, with renewals for up to three years. You can’t much call them “short-term” anymore. Following this announcement, California consumer advocates are urging the […] Read More

Janus v. AFSCME Decision On Unions Means Workers and Consumers Need to Redouble Efforts for Accessible, Affordable Health Care

Today the United States Supreme Court on a 5-4 decision struck down a decades old precedent on public sector unions, with major health implications.  This decision is bad for the health and well-being of not just unionized workers, but all Americans. As Justice Kagan says in her dissent this decision uses the First Amendment as […] Read More

As the Trump Administration Seeks to Sabotage our Health Care System, California Takes Steps to Protect Consumers

On the heels of several efforts by the Trump Administration to circumvent the consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and destabilize the health care system, California has advanced several measures to ensure that our state’s health system remains strong and key consumer protections remain intact. On June 26th, the California State Assembly’s Health […] Read More

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