2014 Year In Review; And a New Website for a New Year

HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW: PROGRESS MADE AND PLANNED; A NEW WEBSITE FOR A NEW YEAR OF CAMPAIGNS *        Historic progress: Over 3 million Californians newly enrolled in coverage, through Medi-Cal, Covered California, and the other reforms of the Affordable Care Act. *        California leads the nation in not just implementing but improving health reform–with bills and budget efforts–and a new focus on keeping insurers accountable for timely access to care and adequate networks of health providers. *        New #Health4All campaign launched to to cover the remaining uninsured–now with new momentum after the President’s immigration order. *         Health Access launches a new website for […] Read More

Legislative Wrap-Up: 2014 Bills Signed/Vetoed by the Governor

HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE: Friday, October 10, 2014 2014 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP: GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS KEY PATIENT PROTECTIONS INCLUDING SB964(HERNANDEZ) ON TIMELY ACCESS TO CARE * Other bills of note signed include SB18(Leno/Hernandez) to accept foundation and federal funding for community groups to help Medi-Cal enrollees with renewals; SB1052(Torres) on disclosing formularies; SB1053(Mitchell) on contraceptive coverage; SB1182(Leno) on disclosing large group claims data; and more. * Key bills vetoed include SB1124(Hernandez) on limiting Medi-Cal estate recovery; AB2088(Hernandez) on avoiding junk coverage; and SB1094(Lara) on hospital merger oversight. Consumer groups vow to continue efforts next year. * Full bill list below of fate of 2014 legislation that made it to the Governor’s desk. The 2014 legislative session came to an end last week. The […] Read More

Key Health Bills On the Governor’s Desk After Legislature Adjourns

HEALTH ACCESS ALERT: Tuesday, September 2, 2014  KEY PATIENT PROTECTIONS ON GOVERNOR’S DESK AS LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS *        Legislature ends 2013-14 session with a flurry of activity; Governor has month of September to sign or veto bills passed, including SB 964 (Hernandez) on network adequacy and timely access to care. *       Also pending on Governor’s desk are key Medi-Cal bills: limiting Medi-Cal estate recovery (SB1124), and allowing State to accept foundation money for Medi-Cal renewal assistance (SB18). *        Closely-fought bill to require paid sick leave passes, as does SB1094(Lara), to expand the Attorney General’s authority to enforce conditions of non-profit hospital mergers and acquisitions. Other measures on out-of-pocket costs stall, with advocates commiting to action next year. *        POST-LEGISLATIVE SESSION RECEPTION TODAY to wish Health Access’ Beth Abbott well as she transitions to her […] Read More