As of this writing, two important health consumer protection bills helping to blunt federal attacks on the individual market face final votes on the final day of the 2017 California Legislative session. The bills seek to protect California consumers from the actions of the Trump Administration seeking to undermine the success of the Affordable Care […] Read More
Earlier this week, SB 17, by Senator Ed Hernandez, passed off the Senate floor on a concurrence vote, putting California only a Governor’s signature away from enacting nationally impactful prescription drug price reform. After receiving overwhelming bipartisan support heading out of the State Assembly, the State Senate also affirmed that addressing drug prices increases is a […] Read More
New 2016 Census data released this week has made it official: California has had the largest drop in the uninsured rate of all 50 states from 2013 to 2016, going from 6.5 million uninsured to 2.8 million, now down to a 7.3% uninsured rate. The uninsured rate in both the United States and in California […] Read More
Immigrants are a critical part of our nation’s history and society, and our health system is stronger when everyone is included.
Congress is back in session today. The good news is that there are bipartisan hearings scheduled, with testimony from a group of bipartisan Governors who last week released a series of recommendations for improving the ACA, including funding the cost-sharing reductions, reinsurance, fixing the family glitch, aggressive outreach and enrollment, and more. The bad news […] Read More
SB 17 part of a package of bills targeting high prescription drug prices up for final floor votes this month
Today, President Trump’s HHS Department announced that it will dramatically cut Affordable Care Act outreach and marketing efforts by 90% for 2018. The federal government plans to reduce advertising spending from $100 million to just $10 million, and reduce funding for navigator and enrollment assisters from $63 million to $36 million. President Trump is […] Read More
Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced a series of hearings this fall to “develop plans for achieving universal health care in California. Chaired by Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and Dr. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), the new Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, will investigate both obstacles and options on health care. Here’s the statement: […] Read More
SB 133 protects consumers’ continuity of care
A package of five bills targeting high prescription drug prices need final votes within a month. SB 17 to require transparency and advance notice of Rx drugs is shaping up to be the biggest health policy fight this fall.