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GOP House Leadership “Plan” = At Least $8 Billion Cut to Medi-Cal…

HOUSE ACA REPLACEMENT OUTLINE WOULD MEAN AT LEAST $8 BILLION CUT TO MEDI-CAL; YOUNGER LOW-INCOME AMERICANS WOULD LOSE FINANCIAL HELP; OLDER INDIVIDUALS WOULD SEE PREMIUMS SPIKE Speaker Ryan (R-WI), Leader McCarthy (R-CA), and the House GOP Leadership Releases Talking Points on a Potential Replacement Plan That Would “Pull the Rug Out From Under” Millions of Californians, […]

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New Federal Regs Would Increase Premiums & Cost Sharing

  Consumer advocates decried new regulations proposed this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which would increase premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing for those enrolled in Covered California and other health insurance marketplaces across the country. These regulations, which are stated to “stabilize” the individual insurance market, would lower the “actuarial value” […]

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California Health Plans Flunk Timely Access Report

A new report by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) found industry-wide problems providing timely access to care, or even accurately reporting the size and availability of their provider networks. Almost all—36 of 40—of the health plans monitored by the DMHC have been referred to the Department’s enforcement unit for potential fines or corrective […]

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President Trump Caves to PHRMA; California Legislation Left to Provide Drug Cost Relief

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump met with several CEOs from the pharmaceutical industry, and despite recent tough talk about negotiating down prescription drug prices, he took no such steps, and instead offered several corporate giveaways, including tax breaks, reduced regulatory and safety oversight, and even limits on how Medicare could bargain. With President Trump […]

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Health Access Statement of Solidarity

For 30 years, Health Access California has fought for the right of ALL Californians to have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Our work is grounded in our inclusive vision that we all benefit when everyone has access to needed care and coverage, regardless of how much money they have, where they are born, the color […]

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Signs of Progress…

It’s been a tough week on many issues, but it’s important to note that we are making major progress in the #Fight4OurHealth. The GOP’s original plan was to pass a repeal bill in early January so the President could sign it on Inauguration Day. They missed that. Friday, they missed their own January 27th deadline […]

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Sabotaging Our Health System

President Trump and the GOP Congressional leadership promised to repeal Obamacare, but in the same breath promised to replace it–with something better, even terrific, something that would cover more people and cost less. But they have no replacement in place, yet some of their actions suggest they are going ahead and sabotaging the existing health […]

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Aetna-Humana merger blocked

Earlier this week, we cheered the judicial decision to block Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, one of the two big health insurance mega-mergers in the last year. U.S. Department of Justice had sued citing anti-trust concerns that the merger would lead to reduced competition, increased prices, and reduced quality. In hearings earlier this year, consumer […]

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