Category: Affordability

Affordability, Budget, Covered California, Gov. Newsom, Medi-Cal, Undocumented

Top Health Care Takeaways from Governor Newsom’s 2023-24 CA Budget Proposal

On Tuesday Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed 2023-24 state budget, continuing commitments to expand and improve Medi-Cal, including the plan to remove all barriers for income-eligible Californians, regardless of immigration status, in Medi-Cal beginning January 2024. As we continue to face an ongoing pandemic and increasing economic uncertainty, we applaud this step to include […]

Affordability, Affordable Care Act, Ballot Measures, Covered California, Federal, Medicare, Prescription Drugs

This Election Vote to Protect Your Health

Together, we have made major progress this year to advance health reform, with Congress passing the Inflation Reduction Act that lowered health care premiums, and finally standing up to Big Pharma, giving Medicare the ability to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. This election will decide if we keep building on that momentum–or go backwards. […]

Access, Affordability, Budget, Care4AllCA, Cost Containment, Covered California, DMHC, Equity, Expanding Coverage, Health Reform, Health4All, Insurers, LGBT, Medi-Cal, Prescription Drugs, Quality, Timely Access, Undocumented, Uninsured

Major Health Care Consumer Wins this #CALeg and #CABudget Session

With the Governor’s final actions on bills last week, health consumer advocates applauded a major year in health reform, where California continued its leadership on health care access, affordability, and equity. Californians will see both short and long-term benefits from the bills and budget items adopted by Governor Newsom and the state legislature this year […]

Affordability, Budget, Covered California, Federal, Gov. Newsom, Individual Mandate, Legislation

Deductibles to Spike for Majority of Covered California Enrollees in 2023

Hundreds of thousands of Californians with Covered California health plans will see their co-pays go up and deductibles rise by over one thousand dollars next year, as a result of Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of SB 944 by Senator Pan, and Covered California’s board action following the veto. SB 944 sought to lower cost-sharing in […]

Affordability, Affordable Care Act, Covered California, Federal, Medicare

The Inflation Reduction Act is SIGNED!

President Biden has signed the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant advancement in addressing health care costs since the Affordable Care Act. The law will lower prescription drug prices by allowing the government to negotiate prices, while also capping out-of-pocket and insulin costs in Medicare. It also prevents pricey premium spikes for 1.5 million enrollees […]

Affordability, Affordable Care Act, Care4AllCA, Cost Containment, Covered California

Covered California 2023 Rates Announced–But Congressional Action Matters More

After three years of record-low premium rate increases of around one percent, Covered California, the state’s health care insurance marketplace, today announced 2023 rates, including a new health plan option, and an average increase of 6% for 2.3 million enrollees in the California individual insurance market, including the record-high 1.7 million in Covered California. While […]

Affordability, Budget, Care4AllCA, Cost Containment, Covered California, Health4All, Medi-Cal, Prescription Drugs, Uninsured

New #CABudget Deal Extends Major Help to Afford Health Care to Millions of Californians

The Governor and Legislature announced a final deal on the California state budget late yesterday, including some major investments in a variety of health and human services. We greatly appreciate that this state budget deal includes crucial commitments to improve health care access and affordability for Californians, providing real relief to many immediately, with the […]

Affordability, Care4AllCA, Consumer Protection, Cost Containment, Covered California, Legislation

These Key CA Health Care Bills Passed the Floor This Week

The California State Senate and Assembly held their floor sessions this week, with the opportunity to vote on major health care legislation to increase accountability in our health care system and improve health access for consumers. AB 2080 by Assemblymember Wood strengthens oversight on for-profit hospital and health industry mergers to ensure they are in the […]

Affordability, Covered California, Legislation

CA Health Committee Chairs Intro Bills to Increase Affordability in CoveredCA

New state legislation introduced this week would fill key affordability gaps in Covered California, potentially lowering cost-sharing and eliminating deductibles for over a million Californians getting coverage through the state marketplace. AB 1878 by Assemblymember Dr. Jim Wood, and SB 944 by Senator Dr. Richard Pan, both sponsored by Health Access California would remove financial barriers […]

Affordability, Affordable Care Act, COVID-19, Equity, Expanding Coverage, Medi-Cal

2021 Year In Review: Major CA Health Reforms to Last Even Beyond the Pandemic

Despite the ongoing challenges through the pandemic, this was a major year of health reform in California. Health Access was proud to champion and collaborate on a number of historic investments in the state budget and reforms through legislation in 2021—victories that provided new coverage to hundreds of thousands, and new financial assistance to many […]