Website for New Prescription Drug Price Transparency Law (SB 17) Now Live

Implementation of the ground-breaking California law to provide transparency and notice of prescription drug price increases is moving ahead full steam. The law will take effect on January 1, 2018, but the the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has already made live the registry for public and private purchasers to receive 60-day notice […] Read More

Tax Bill Would be a “Triple Hit” To Californians and Our Health Care

California Congressmembers are expected to vote Thursday on a decidedly anti-California tax bill, which in order to provide a tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, would raise taxes for many middle-income families, and force future cuts to key health care programs and other core services. If passed, it would be merged with the Senate […] Read More

Open Enrollment Starts Today: Consumer Advocate Advice for Californians

Covered California is open for business! Today, Covered California will begin open enrollment for around 1.4 million Californians, who will be able to choose among eleven health plans regardless of pre-existing conditions and get financial assistance to afford health coverage. California’s open enrollment will remain a 90-day period (ending on January 31, 2017), even as […] Read More

Office of Patient Advocate Releases 2017-18 Health Care Quality Report Card

The California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) has released its 2017-18 Health Care Quality Report Card, a tool that helps consumers compare the quality of health plans and find information to help them get the care they need. With California’s Open Enrollment starting November 1st and continuing until January 31, 2018, consumers can evaluate […] Read More

14 California Congressmembers Vote to Slash CA’s Health Care–And Potentially Raise Taxes on CA, Too

On a strict party-line vote among the California delegation, the House of Representatives earlier today voted 216-212 for a federal budget resolution which includes massive cuts to health and other vital services, and sets the stage for a so-called tax cut package that may well raise taxes for many Californians. Constituents held events in front […] Read More

Assembly Holds Hearings on Universal Coverage in California: Day 2 – Health Care Systems in Other Countries

The Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage held the second part of its two-day hearing on healthcare delivery systems, focusing yesterday on universal coverage systems in other countries with the goal of informing a universal coverage system in California. Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Jim Wood and Dr. Joaquin Arambula and committee […] Read More

Assembly Holds Hearings on Universal Coverage in California: Day 1

This week, the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage held two hearings to continue the conversation about how California can achieve universal health coverage. It is the hope of the committee that these hearings will set the framework that will inform how the Assembly can pursue policy solutions towards universal […] Read More

State of Resistance: California Working Overtime to Withstand Multiple Trump Attacks on our Health System

California policymakers, regulators, and advocates are being forced to take extraordinary steps to protect patients and our health system from sabotage by the Trump Administration. The latest and most shocking administrative attack was last night’s announcement that the White House is withholding funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), payments which have already been budgeted and contracted […] Read More

Defunding Already-Budgeted CSRs Will Force Premium Spikes and Cause Confusion in Our Health Care Market

President Trump’s move to stop payment on $7 billion in aid to low-income Americans to afford health care is deliberately destructive and destabilizing. These cost-sharing reductions (or CSRs) are funds that have already been allocated to help reduce co-pays and deductibles for low-income consumers. This decision will force insurers to spike premiums to reclaim these […] Read More

Trump Executive Order Undermines Insurance Markets, But California Can Take Steps to Protect Coverage & Affordability

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that threatens to undermine insurance markets around the country. It directs federal agencies to craft rules allowing broader use of Association Health Plans and short-term health insurance, creating large loopholes in the Affordable Care Act’s requirements around minimum benefits and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Consumer and health […] Read More