New UC-Berkeley Report Shows Steps to Universality and Affordability in CA Health Care & Coverage

Health and consumer advocates spotlighted a new UC Berkeley report today that detailed different options for improving affordability and attaining universal health coverage in California.
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For immediate release: Monday, March 5th, 2018

For more information, contact:
Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, 916-870-4782 (cell)

NEW UC BERKELEY REPORT SHOWS PATH TO UNIVERSAL COVERAGE IN CALIFORNIA;

HEALTH ADVOCATES URGE ACTION BY CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE

* Advocates Urge Legislative Action This Year on Expanding Medi-Cal to the Undocumented, and Increasing Affordability in Covered California–Key Steps to Advance to Universal Coverage That Don’t Need Federal Approval

* Assembly Select Committee on Universal Health Care Held Hearings That Explored Some of These Options

SACRAMENTO, CA—Health and consumer advocates spotlighted a new UC Berkeley report today that detailed different options for improving affordability and attaining universal health coverage in California. As the California Assembly awaits a another report from their Select Committee on Universal Coverage, health and consumer advocates urged action this year on several fronts to ensure quality, affordable coverage for all Californians. Here is a comment on the report from Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition:

“This new report shows the specific options that California has to improve affordability and further expand and secure coverage for all of our residents—action we can take immediately, without the need for federal approval. Even as Congress continues to consider cutting and capping key health programs, California can and should take steps, this year, in the opposite direction toward the goal of affordability and universality. California can and should secure and expand coverage for all, by opening up Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status and by improving affordability assistance for premiums and cost-sharing in Covered California.”

“We urge the legislature to take action on this ambitious agenda, that is achievable without federal approval, to improve affordability and universality in health care and coverage. California can take significant steps this year with a part of the budget surplus available, to provide real relief for patients, and as a down payment for further reform. Promoting and organizing for the vision of a universal health care system is a priority, but California should not wait three or more years for a friendly federal partner, when there is real relief we can provide this year and in the next few years.”

“By implementing and improving upon the Affordable Care Act, California has seen the greatest drop in the uninsured of all fifty states. If we can keep Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA intact from federal cuts and caps, our state can and should build on our progress, and take additional steps to improve access and affordability for all Californians.”

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