These unexpected medical bills are a shock to family finances at an already stressful time. This long-standing injustice in our health system is even more intolerable as these bills could financially destabilize many of the lower-income families who are newly insured under the ACA. California health consumers can’t wait any longer for this important protection.
SB 1010 could have provided transparency for drug price increases like Mylan’s EpiPen, which increased 400% this week.
Governor Brown signs SB 923 to prevent a health plan or insurer from changing cost-sharing requirements during a plan year, extending a law that is already in place for premium increases. A great win for consumers!
Even though state regulators review health insurance rates and unjustified rates are often retracted, some insurers go ahead and charge the unreasonable rate with no notice to consumers. SB 908 would make sure consumers are aware of these unjust rates and have the chance to find a more affordable option. The bill now awaits action […]
Big Pharma may have big money, but every voter knows someone personally concerned about the rising cost of prescription drugs. By bill or ballot measure or some other means, there has to be transparency and some relief on prescription drug prices.
SB 1135 empowers consumers with the information they need to ensure that they receive care when they need it, and in a language they can understand. These two simple steps will make quality health care more accessible not just to those in my clinic, but to all Californians.
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Despite Increases Averaging Below Pre-ACA Annual Double-Digit Rate Hikes, More Reforms Needed to Bring Down Cost of Care and Coverage.
Good news for health consumers! Last week, the US Justice Department (USDOJ) announced it is suing to block the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers, which have been under intense scrutiny by regulators and consumer advocates. The suits allege these deals violate antitrust laws and will harm consumers, seniors, working families and individuals, and employers and healthcare […]
Earlier this week, the Assembly and Senate Health Committees passed a series of key patient protection bills to increase transparency and protect consumers from unfair health care costs. Sponsored by Health Access California, these measures would prevent patients from facing surprise out-of-network medical bills and mid-year cost-sharing increases, and provide notice of unjustified premium rate […]