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Nomination of Tom Price as HHS Secretary Signals Threat to Medicare, Not Just Obamacare

On Tuesday, Health Access California reacted to President-elect Trump’s nomination of Representative Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Health Access Executive Director Anthony Wright made this statement following the announcement: “This nomination signals the new President-elect’s plans to undo the guarantees of not just Obamacare, but Medicare and Medicaid as well. Despite […]

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Election Results

THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND THE THREAT TO HEALTH CARE Medicare. Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act. With the election results yesterday, these three pillars of our health system are at risk, unless we mobilize and organize. President-elect Trump and the GOP Congress’ plans to repeal Obamacare have never had the gruesome consequences fully spelled out, especially under […]

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Prop 56 Health Advocates Deliver Giant Invoice from California Taxpayers to Big Tobacco

In the week leading up to the election, supporters of Proposition 56 rallied across the state to call on Big Tobacco to take responsibility for the $3.5 billion burden they place on the state’s Medi-Cal program. In events from the Central Valley to Southern California to Sacramento, health advocates spotlighted the cost of tobacco-related diseases–and how Prop […]

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Health Advocates Protest Big Tobacco’s Lies

Yesterday, Health Access California joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood, and other health and children’s advocacy groups to protect the tobacco industry’s lies about Prop 56, chanting outside the California lobbying offices of cigarette maker Altria. Outside of Big Tobacco’s front door, 5,600 toe tags were […]

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L.A. Times Highlights California’s Work to Make the Affordable Care Act Work

The Los Angeles Times recently profiled the work that California has to expand the reach and function of the Affordable Care Act in the state. Health Access has been a key proponent of the law and the work to implement and improve it, ensuring that the law works for consumers by keeping costs down, encouraging competitive markets, […]

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Governor Brown Signs Consumer Protection Bills!

Big news for health consumers! Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of key consumer protection bills, including AB 72 (Bonta, et. al.), which gives millions of California consumers the nation’s strongest protections against surprise out-of-network medical bills. The Governor also signed SB 908 (Hernandez) on unjustified rate increases and SB 1135 (Monning) on […]

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