Federal Relief Signed, But More Needed to Help Health System & States Respond to COVID-19

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, and President Trump¬†signed a $2 trillion federal stimulus package that provides much needed emergency help to the health system, state and local governments, and the many Americans who are suddenly unemployed, but much more is needed to fully address the health problems presented by the pandemic. Congress should immediately focus on a follow-up package, to ensure that everyone can get the testing and treatment they need, as part of the investments and policies to ultimately contain the coronavirus. Below are some of the specifics of the work left to do in a future federal package: STATE AID: State budgets will be hit hard, and without additional assistance will be forced to cut health […] Read More

COVID-19 and the ACA’s 10th Anniversary

On March 23, 2020, we mark the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Especially at this moment, we are grateful for the improvements in our health system that were sorely needed and now help at at time like this. In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, California’s health system would be much less equipped to deal with the pandemic if the ACA had not been put in place. Prior to the implementation of the ACA: we had four million more uninsured Californians, and a uninsured rate of nearly 20%; we had more financially struggling hospitals and health providers, and we didn’t have the resulting surge in our health system capacity throughout the state; we had those who are […] Read More

Advice on Care and Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As Californians adjust to new public health safeguards in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Access would like to make sure we share practical advice for consumers and proposals for policymakers on care and coverage options. We know things are changing fast so we will update you with information as it comes. The State of California has recently created a website with more health care information surrounding the Coronavirus which can be found here: IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE COVERAGE If you have health care coverage through an employer, Medi-Cal, Covered California, or Medicare, use it! The State of California has eliminated cost-sharing (co-pays, deductibles, or coinsurance) for all medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19, including hospital and urgent […] Read More