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

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