On 100th Day, Governor Newsom Announces New Partner on Prescription Drug Purchasing Pooling; Major Heath Priorities Making Progress In California Legislative and Budget Process.

Today, on his 100th day in office, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a partnership with Los Angeles County on prescription drug purchasing. Here are comments from Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, and co-convener of the #Care4AllCA campaign on today's announcement and Governor Gavin Newsom's first 100 days.
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For immediate release: Wednesday, April 17, 2019  

CONTACT:

Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, awright@health-access.org, 916-870-4782 (cell)

ON 100th DAY, GOVERNOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNER ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG PURCHASING POOLING;

MAJOR HEALTH PRIORITIES MAKING PROGRESS IN CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET PROCESS.

  • Governor Newsom announces partnership with Los Angeles County on pooling prescription drug purchasing–potentially putting together the power of the country’s biggest state and the biggest county for a biggest discounts and lower prices for needed medications.
  • In 100 days of the Newsom Administration, major health care agenda items are moving forward in the legislative and budget process, with more to do to advance and improve. On his first day in office in January, Governor Newsom announced support for major expansions of health coverage and containing health care costs, including first-in-the-nation proposals to increase affordability assistance in the individual market to middle-income Californians, and expanding Medi-Cal to low-income undocumented adults up to age 26.
  • The #Care4AllCA campaign of 70 consumer and community groups have championed a number of these legislative and budget proposals while also seeking to take additional steps to help more Californians and cut our uninsured rate.

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, on his 100th day in office, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a partnership with Los Angeles County on prescription drug purchasing. Here are comments from Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, and co-convener of the #Care4AllCA campaign on today’s announcement and Governor Gavin Newsom’s first 100 days:

ON THE NEW PRESCRIPTION DRUG PURCHASING PARTNERSHIP: “The possibilities are profound to have the nation’s most populous state partner with the most populous county to use their power to pursue lower prescription drug prices. The State of California and Los Angeles County buy drugs for similar purposes and populations and can leverage their power against the price-gouging of the pharmaceutical companies.”

“Consumer groups see lots of great potential in this new purchasing pool proposal for savings for these state and county programs and the public in general. We look forward to working with Governor Newsom and hopefully many other prescription drug purchasers to make this proposal work, now that Californians now have a bigger and bigger leverage to get better deals. The biggest state and the biggest county in the nation should be able to get bigger discounts.”

“Consumer and community groups will continue to pursue other ways to bring down prescription drug prices, as well as other health care costs. The Legislature is advancing bills to stop pay-for-delay practices that inflate the price of medications, as well as greater oversight on insurance premiums and hospital emergency room bills. Californians need help with health care affordability urgently, and we are pleased that policymakers in California at least are listening to voters to make progress on prescription drug prices and more.”

ON 100 DAYS FOR HEALTH CARE: “Governor Newsom made major moves in health care not just in his first 100 days, but in his first day and his first week, with first-in-the-nation proposals to expand health coverage and increase affordability, quality and equity. These major health care priorities are proceeding on schedule, moving ahead at this midpoint in California’s budget and legislative processes, even if there is more work to do to advance and improve these proposals.”

“We are excited by the Governor’s proposals to expand coverage and increase affordability, by extending Medi-Cal to young adults regardless of immigration status, and increase financial assistance to more middle-class Californians through a state-level individual mandate. Those proposals are now being discussed and debated in the California Legislature, with many legislators supporting even going beyond these steps and covering all adults, regardless of immigration status, and further extending financial subsidies in the individual market.”

“California’s positive progress over the last 100 days is in stark contrast to the federal government’s continued efforts to sabotage our health system, through regulation or litigation. The California electorate clearly expects to not just keep us where we are, but to improve the system and make it work better for more people. Governor Newsom’s efforts on prescription drug prices or other health priorities are not just protect California’s progress, but take further steps to guaranteed, affordable, quality, health care coverage for all.”

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