Yesterday, Covered California, which enrolls 1.4 million Californians, announced that all 11 health plans will continue to participate in 2018 and unveiled the rates for next year. Overall, California’s marketplace remains stable despite constant federal attacks on the health system.
Tonight, the U.S. Senate voted to defeat the “Health Care Freedom Act” 49-51, with three GOP Senators defecting from the bill. The vote should not have been that close, since it would have led to 16 million more Americans and 20% annual premium increases, and was opposed by nearly every patient and health provider organization, […] Read More
Current bill is now a Trojan Horse for some unknown proposal that would be substituted at the last minute to jam through the Senate.
Today, with a razor thin 51-50 vote, the U.S. Senate voted on the motion to proceed on the GOP’s health bill–a bill that has gotten no hearings, no committee consideration, no expert testimony, and no public draft of a bill they would end up with. To be clear that they didn’t know what they were […] Read More
From: Health Access California, California Immigrant Policy Center, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, and Western Center on Law and Poverty “As health care consumer advocacy organizations, we are committed to universal health coverage, supporting single-payer proposals, Health4All expansions, the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare. Since November, we have been first focused on the federal fight to protect millions of […] Read More
California consumers now enjoy the nation’s strongest protections from surprise medical bills.
It was a big, big day in health care: * The vote for the Senate #BCRA #Trumpcare bill was delayed! * Governor Brown signed the #CABudget which finally fully restores #DentiCal. * Key bills on prescription drug prices #SB17 & #SB790 pass Assembly Health Committee. * Monterey County expands its #Health4All pilot program for undocumented immigrants. Of course, the biggest headline was that Senate […] Read More
A new independent analysis released today confirms that the Senate Republican health care proposal, called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” or BCRA, will result in millions more uninsured, or paying much more for far less coverage. Some highlights about this devastating bill slated for Senate (and maybe House) votes this week: Congressional Budget Office Estimates […] Read More
CA budget deal includes targeted improvements in Medi-Cal reimbursements needed for dental, family planning, and other health providers, but consumer advocates disappointed in lack of any eligibility expansions in Medi-Cal, including to cover undocumented young adults
This evening, California leaders announced agreement on many items in the state’s 2017-18 Budget, including key improvements in the Medi-Cal program. Health and consumer advocates praise the restoration of dental and optical benefits for the Medi-Cal program that covers over 14 million Californians–and urged additional investments using revenues raised from Proposition 56 tobacco tax approved […] Read More