Ten CA proposals unveiled today that will get California a more universal, affordable, and equitable health system SACRAMENTO, CA – On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, dozens of health care advocates gathered with legislative champions at the State Capitol today to highlight key health bills in the 2023 legislative session. The ten […]
Statement Responding to Governor Newsom’s CalRX Announcement Saturday
SACRAMENTO, CA – Below is a statement by Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition on Governor Newsom’s CalRx announcement today. Health Access served as the leading supporter of Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal and SB 852, Senator Richard Pan’s related legislation to directly contract to manufacture prescription drugs. […]
Consumer Advocates Release Key Goals for New Office of Health Care Affordability
The full list of principles can be found here, ahead of first meeting of the Board on Tuesday SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, health consumer advocates are releasing their key goals and principles for the California Office of Health Care Affordability, a new state agency which will have its first board meeting on Tuesday, March 21st. […]
New Campaign Launched To Protect CA Patients From Harmful Health Mergers
SACRAMENTO, CA–California health care advocates are launching a new campaign to highlight the negative effects of unchecked mergers in the health care system, and the need for a legislative solution. The campaign kicked-off with the unveiling of billboards across the state, and the launch of a new website www.protectcapatients.com. Attached visuals: Protect California Patients billboards […]
CA Health Care Affordability Board Selected
Governor Newsom announces final board appointees that will lead the implementation of the state’s newly created Office of Health Care Affordability to help control the cost of health care SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Newsom today announced his selections for the board that will lead implementation of the Office of Health Care Affordability, newly established within […]
Bills Introduced To Protect Patients From Harmful Health Mergers
ABs 1091 & 1092 (Wood) will continue the fight to lower health care costs and protect access to care by increasing oversight on health care mergers and anti-competitive practices. SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Assembly Health Committee Chair Jim Wood introduced two bills, both supported by Health Access California, to enhance oversight over health care mergers […]
Governor Newsom’s 2023-24 Ca Budget Proposal Keeps Key Medi-Cal Commitments, But Claws Back Money For Health Affordability Assistance
The proposed 2023-2024 state budget by Governor Gavin Newsom continues key commitments to improve and expand health care, including removing barriers in Medi-Cal for all income-eligible Californians regardless of immigration status by January 2024, as well as some new efforts on housing supports and reproductive health. As Californians face rising cost-of-living pressures, and higher health […]
Major Health Care Consumer Wins this CA Legislative 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.
Governor Newsom Signs Key Bills to Keep Californians Covered
Governor Newsom has signed a series of bills that will help keep Californians get on and stay on health coverage, connecting them to their health plan options.
Governor Newsom Signs Bill to Raise Fines on Health Plans for Patient Protection Violations
Governor Newsom today signed SB 858 (Wiener) which will increase the level of fines for health plans who violate patient protections and modernizes outdated standards.