Consumer Representation and Patients’ Rights
Keeping the Health Industry and Insurers Accountable
Once legislation is passed and signed into law, consumer advocates must work to ensure that the law is properly implemented.
Health Access works with the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to ensure that regulations written to enact the laws follow the intent of legislation and adequately protect consumers.
Given all the recent changes to these rights and regulations since passage of the Affordable Care Act, it is important now more than ever to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. Health Access sponsored legislation to create the original HMO Bill of Rights and actively worked to upgrade those consumer protections following passage of the Affordable Care Act. But there's more to do...
Health Access Advocacy & Analysis
- Health Access Letter to DMHC Re-Blue Shield Acquisition of Care1st (November 6, 2015).
- Consumer Advocates' Sign-on Letter to DMHC Re-Blue Shield Acquisition of Care1st (July 16, 2015).
- Health Access CA Comments to DMHC Re-Blue Shield's Acquisition of Care1st (June 12, 2015).
- What is the Role of a Nonprofit Insurer? Should the Affordable Care Act Change the Expectations of Insurers with a Public Service Mission? (June 5, 2015). A Health Access Issue Brief.
- Testimony to the Institute of Medicine: Essential Health Benefits - The testimony of Anthony Wright to the Institute of Medicine. (March 2, 2011)
- Recommendations to DMHC on Consumer Assistance Funds for Community-Based Organizations - A letter to the DMHC in support of distributing some of the federal Consumer Assistance Program grant funds received by the Department last year to community-based organizations for providing direct assistance to health care consumers. (February 25, 2011)
- Comments on CA Department of Insurance Guidance: SB 1163 - Comments submitted to the California Department of Insurance in response to the issuance of guidance and efforts to fully implement existing California law contained in SB 1163, and to anticipate and comply with the federal statute and guidance. (February 10, 2011)