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
This morning, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 17 by Senator Ed Hernandez, nationally influential prescription drug price legislation, at a rare signing ceremony at the State Capitol. The new law will require prescription drug companies to provide advance notice and explanation for any price hike of more than 16% over two years. Despite a heavy […] Read More
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
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.
California consumers now enjoy the nation’s strongest protections from surprise medical bills.
In the midst of the ongoing federal fight, Health Access continues to advocate on behalf of consumers at the state level, sponsoring AB 595 (Wood) to strengthen state oversight over health plan mergers.
Momentum continues to build against secretive prescription drug practices with the introduction of SB 17 (Hernandez) which is being hailed by health care consumers and labor advocates alike.
The best way to understand just what this AB 72 will mean for Californians is to talk to one of the people whose life has been affected by surprise bills.