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

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