Over 50 Organizations Launch New Care4All California Campaign

Yesterday, Health Access was proud to be with over 50 organizations to launch the Care4All California campaign, to achieve universality, affordability, and accountability in our health care system. This new health reform campaign builds on the years of progress under California’s implementation and improvement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). California has attained the largest drop of […] Read More

New Academic Reports Detail Steps California Can Take To Advance Health Reform

In the last two weeks, two academic reports have been released that detail a number of policy options that California can take to advance state-level health reform. On March 5, 2018 the UC Berkeley Labor Center released a report that detailed different options for improving affordability and attaining universal health coverage in California. This new report […] Read More

As Trump Administration Seeks To Promote “Junk” Insurance, California Legislation Would Ban Such Substandard Coverage

On February 20, 2018 the Trump Administration’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to extend the use of so-called “short-term” health insurance plans from three months to a year, and otherwise promote the use of these substandard “junk” policies that would not follow Affordable Care Act consumer protections. Such “short-term” plans […] Read More

Proposed Trump Budget Would Cut Health Care Well Beyond ACA Repeal

On February 12, 2018 President Trump released his proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year, which would dramatically cut our nation’s health care system, and especially in California. The budget goes beyond ACA repeal in cutting and capping Medicaid, endorsing last year’s Graham-Cassidy proposal where California was disproportionally and intentionally singled out for harsher […] Read More

Senate and Assembly Budget Committees Look for Investments in Healthcare and Social Services, Among Other Priorities

The Senate and Assembly Committees on Budget and Fiscal Review each held informational hearings on the Governor’s 2018-2019 Proposed Budget, providing a general overview for the public. These hearings kick off the 2018 budget committee process in the Legislature. The proposed state budget includes $131.7 billion in general fund spending compared to last year’s budget […] Read More

Governor Brown Releases 2018-2019 #CABudget

On January 10, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown released his 2018-19 proposed State Budget, which includes $131.7 billion in general fund spending and continues California’s commitments to implementing and improving upon the Affordable Care Act. Health advocates are urging the Governor and the Legislature to continue support for Medi-Cal and make investments to cover the […] Read More

Health Access California Releases 2017 Legislative Scorecard

As we start a new legislative year in California, Health Access California is releasing its 2017 legislative scorecard, to spotlight how legislators voted on last year’s landmark bills to protect health care in California. Despite epic federal threats, the 2017 legislative session was a productive year, and we passed laws on prescription drug prices, continuity of care protections, […] Read More

Three Ways that Access to Health Care in California Improves This Year, Despite Federal Attacks

Despite epic threats to our health care system from federal proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act and massively cut and cap Medicaid, California policymakers successfully worked to both hold consumers harmless from administration attacks on our health care, and significant progress in 2017 to not just protect the progress the state made in reducing […] Read More

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