The best way to understand just what this AB 72 will mean for Californians is to talk to one of the people whose life has been affected by surprise bills.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.