Health Reform

Comprehensive Care4All California Agenda Advances to Improve Universality and Affordability in our Health System

With crucial votes taken this week, a sweeping package of legislation that would move California closer to universal health care has advanced through the state legislature. The bills that passed their final “first house” hurdles this week, combined with those that passed earlier and proposals moving forward in the state budget, would close a large […] Read More

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

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

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

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

Speaker Rendon Announces Fall Hearings on Health Care for All

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

Statement on Next Steps to Universal Coverage

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