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Key Bill Pass Health Committees, Capping a Productive Half-Year of Progress

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 […]

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Assembly Health Committee Passes Key Bills on Rx Costs, Unjustified Premiums

Today, the California Assembly Health Committee passed three key patient protection measures to protect patients from unfair health care costs, most notably the heavily lobbied SB1010 (Hernandez) to provide notice and disclosure on prescription drug costs. After a very long hearing, the bill passed with 12 votes, with all Democrats in support. The committee also […]

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Senate Health Committee to Vote on Legislation to Stop Surprise Medical Bills

By Tam Ma, Policy Counsel, Health Access California AB 72 (Bonta, Bonilla, Dahle, Gonzalez, Maienschein, Santiago, Wood) is being heard in the Senate Health Committee Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Patients know they have to follow their health plan or insurer’s rules and go to in-network providers and facilities to keep their out-of-pocket costs low. Unfortunately, […]

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Key Patient Rights Legislation Up Next Week

  Yesterday, the Assembly Health Committee passed one consumer protection measure, SB 923 (Hernandez) on a vote of 17-0, to prevent mid-year increases in co-payments and other cost-sharing by a health plan. Other key legislation also authored by Senate Health Committee Chair Dr. Ed Hernandez and sponsored by Health Access California to protect patients from unfair […]

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SB10 Signed! A Step Closer to #Health4All!

Last week, Governor Brown signed a bipartisan bill to remove a critical barrier to Covered California and allow all Californians to access the state health insurance marketplace, regardless of immigration status. SB 10 (Lara) authorizes the state to apply for a federal waiver that would allow undocumented immigrants to buy unsubsidized health coverage through Covered California. […]

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Budget Deal Reached!

The Legislature and the Governor have reached a budget deal! The Budget Conference Committee convened on Thursday night to take final action on budget issues in Conference Committee, which is described below. See how health priorities fared in our budget scorecard. The revised budget includes several limited but important investments in health and human services, […]

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#CABudget Conference Committee Conferees Announced

Assembly Speaker Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León have announced their appointments to the 10-member Budget Conference Committee, which reconciles differences between the budgets passed by the two houses. Assemblymember Ting will serve as chair of the Conference Committee this year, and he will be joined by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Lorena Gonzalez, […]

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Budget Update: Health Priorities for California Consumers

This post was written by Tam Ma, Policy Counsel.  The Assembly and Senate budget committees completed their review of the Governor’s May Revision and finalized their respective versions of the 2016-17 budget. The budget conference committee will begin meeting next week to reconcile the differences between actions taken by the two houses. The Legislature must […]

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New Health Access Report Details Dramatic Expansions in California’s County Health Care Safety-Net

Today, Health Access released a new report detailing the dramatic changes to California’s health care safety net programs at the county level. As the Affordable Care Act implementation has cut the number of uninsured Californians in half and the state has taken additional steps to cover all children, many California counties have extended their health […]

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Budget Focus at Covered California Board Meeting

This post was written by Kate Burch The Covered California board meeting on May 12 addressed several controversial issues. You can find a recording of the board meeting, links to the presentations, reports, proposed regulations, attachments, and other materials here. Market Analysis Covered California contracted with PwC for an in-depth analysis of the direction of the […]

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