Response to Shutout of Health Investments in 2018-2019 #CABudget

After two years of discussion about getting to universal coverage in the Senate and in the Assembly, it’s deeply disappointing that this budget makes no new investments to help Californians access and afford health care.
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For Immediate Release: Friday, June 8th, 2018

Contact: Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access, 916-870-4782 (cell)
Rachel Linn Gish, Director of Communications, Health Access, 916-532-2128 (cell)

Despite Significant Surplus, the Urgency of Trump Administrative Attacks, and Two Years of Universal Coverage Debates…

NO NEW HELP FOR CALIFORNIANS ACCESSING AND AFFORDING HEALTH CARE IN BUDGET DEAL

  • The 2018-2019 Budget deal released today makes no new health care investments, despite two years of discussion about universal coverage in both the Assembly and in the Senate, and a multi-billion surplus. The only thing included in the budget is a commission to discuss a pathway to universal coverage.
  • California’s budget takes no action to prevent premium increases or stabilize the health system, despite the Trump Administration’s many and new efforts to undermine our health system.
  • The CABudget includes none of the priorities of the Care4All California coalition of over 50 organizations had championed efforts to end the “senior penalty” in Medi-Cal, expand Medi-Cal to undocumented young adults and seniors, and increase affordability assistance in Covered California and the individual market.

Here is a quote from Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a co-chair of the #Care4AllCA campaign:

“After two years of discussion about getting to universal coverage in the Senate and in the Assembly, it’s deeply disappointing that this budget makes no new investments to help Californians access and afford health care. A study is no solution for those who are excluded from or can’t afford coverage now. California has already had select committees and reports that recommended reasonable, tangible and vetted steps to cover more Californians–there’s no excuse for not using a fraction of the significant surplus to take action to help Californians access and afford coverage.”

“At a time when the Trump Administration is taking new steps to sabotage our health system with legal and administrative attacks, California leaders are missing-in-action in making the needed investments to keep people covered and prevent premium hikes. Without anything in this state budget to counter the federal attacks on our health system, California will likely see an increase in our uninsured rate and a spike in premiums as a result. We needed California leaders to seek a sustainable health system in addition to a sustainable state budget, and this lack of action threatens both goals.” 

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