Author: Kit Bear


Statement on the Passage of the CA Legislature’s 2024-25 State Budget

SACRAMENTO, CA – Below is a statement from Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, on today’s passage of the legislative version of the 2024-2025 state budget. “Health, consumer and community advocates applaud our state legislative leaders for voting on a budget that protects vital health care services for millions of Californians,” […]


Health Access Letter to Governor Newsom Re: 2024-25 May Budget Revision

Health Access opposes cuts in the 2024-25 May Revision that takes needed health care away from Californians and puts affordability at risk. We’re happy to report that the California Legislature’s budget plan aligns with our priorities. Here’s what we wrote to the California Governor: Re: Response to May Revision of the Proposed 2024-2025 California State […]

Budget, Gov. Newsom

Health Cuts Announced in Governor Newsom’s May Revise Would Hamper Californians’ Access to Care

Due to the state budget deficit, Governor Newsom’s Revised 2024-25 Budget includes proposed health cuts that would prevent Californians from getting needed care. Thousands of Californians with disabilities will have home care services cut off due to their immigration status, resulting in further impoverishment and/or more expensive nursing homes. Millions of Californians on Medi-Cal may […]

Affordable Care Act, Covered California, Expanding Coverage, Federal, Undocumented

Statement on Biden Administration’s Expansion of Health Care Access to Dreamers

SACRAMENTO, CA – Below is a statement from Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, in response to the final rule issued today by President Biden to designate all with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) immigration status as “lawfully present”, therefore giving them full access to health care coverage through ACA […]

Legislation, Mergers, Private Equity

AB 3129 (Wood) Putting Patients Over Profits: Oversight on Private Equity and Hedge Fund Health Care Takeovers

Background Health care costs are outpacing inflation, taking bigger and bigger chunks out of Californians’ incomes and wages. More than half of Californians say they skip or delay care due to high costs. A major driver of these rising costs are health care mergers. As health systems and other health care corporations get bigger, they […]


Advocates Rally at the State Capitol in Support of #Health4All Covered California

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 Media Contacts: Rachel Linn Gish, Health Access California Communications Director, Ed Sifuentes, CIPC Communications Director, SACRAMENTO – The #Health4All coalition rallied yesterday at the State Capitol for a more inclusive, universal health care system for ALL Californians, regardless of immigration status. While historic gains have been made in removing […]


Longtime Leader of California’s Health Consumer Advocacy Coalition Tapped to Lead National Counterpart, Families USA

As Executive Director of Health Access California for 22 years, Anthony Wright led the organization to win dozens of health reforms, coverage expansions, patient protections, public health investments, cost containment efforts and more, including the biggest drop of the uninsured rate of all 50 states following the passage of the Affordable Care Act. SACRAMENTO, CA […]