Affordable Care Act

2018 Census Data Shows CA Uninsured Rate Holds Steady Despite National Increase

After years of decline after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new 2018 Census data released today shows the first national increase in the uninsured rate since 2013, with the rate going up from 7.9% to 8.5%, or by 1.9 million Americans to 27.5 million.  By contrast, California’s uninsured rate has held steady at 7.2%, lower than […] Read More

New DOJ Position to Strike Down ACA in Full Puts The Health Coverage of Millions at Risk

The U.S. Justice Department filed a letter earlier this week indicating a major shift in position, agreeing with a December 2018 ruling by Judge Reed O’Conner in Texas vs. United States to strike the entirety of the Affordable Care (ACA), due to the supposed unconstitutionality of the individual mandate in the law and its inseparability from […] Read More

Decision in Texas v. United States Strikes ACA, Puts the Health Coverage of Millions at Risk

On Friday December 14th, Judge Reed O’Conner ruled in Texas v. United States to strike the entirety of the Affordable Care (ACA), due to the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate in the law and its inseparability from the ACA as a whole. While the decision will be appealed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and thus does not […] Read More

New Report: California’s Historic Health Coverage Gains at Risk Without State Action

Today, the UC Berkeley Labor Center and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released a report titled “California’s Health Coverage Gains to Erode Without Further State Action” detailing the negative state-level impacts of the elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. Researchers find that because of the removal of the requirement to have health insurance, […] Read More

Midterms 2018: The Health Care Election

Voters prioritized health issues, supported candidates that vow to protect our health care, and elected a Governor that campaigned on a plan to expand access to care On Tuesday, voters sent a clear, unambiguous message to their elected officials: protect our health care against the repeals and rollbacks attempted over the last two years, and […] Read More

California Legislature Passes Key Patient Protections Bills

Facing final deadlines of the 2017-2018 California legislative session, the State Legislature this week has voted on final passage of nine important health care bills to improve the state’s health care system. These bills, championed by the Care4All California campaign, will help to create a more accessible, affordable, and accountable heath care system, while also […] Read More

New Federal Attacks on Our Health Care: Substandard AHP Coverage Rule and New Attempt to Repeal the ACA

Fresh federal attacks on our health care were announced today with the Department of Labor’s final rule to expand Association Health Plans, and a renewed congressional attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both actions seek to destabilize our health care marketplace and will lead to increases in premiums for health consumers and the […] 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

Tax Bill Would be a “Triple Hit” To Californians and Our Health Care

California Congressmembers are expected to vote Thursday on a decidedly anti-California tax bill, which in order to provide a tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, would raise taxes for many middle-income families, and force future cuts to key health care programs and other core services. If passed, it would be merged with the Senate […] Read More