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Most Patient Protection Bills Clear Final Hurdle, En Route to Governor’s Desk; Tobacco Measures Still Pending

Earlier today the California Senate voted 25-10, on a bipartisan basis, to pass legislation to prevent patients from facing surprise out-of-network medical bills after they receive care in in-network hospitals or other facilities. Sponsored by Health Access California, AB533 (Bonta) would protect patients from “surprise” bills from out-of-network doctors when they did the right thing by going to […]

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Final Week of Legislative Session: Where We Stand on Key Bills Protecting Consumers

Key patient protection bills hang in the balance this week, as Friday is the deadline for bills to pass from final floor votes in the California legislature to the Governor’s desk. In this last week of California’s legislative session, amendments have been taken on the key bills impacting health care consumers, but the substance of Health […]

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Key Health Care Consumer Protections to Prevent Unfair Out-of-Pocket Costs Advance to Final Floor Votes

SB137 (Ed Hernandez), to require updated, standardized & accurate health plan provider network directories, passed out of Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB533 (Bonta), to stop “surprise” billing from out-of-network doctors; AB339 (Gordon) to prevent unfair cost-sharing for specialty drugs, and AB1305 (Bonta) to limit out-of-pocket costs for individuals in family plans, passed out of Senate Appropriations Committee. SB248 (Roger Hernández), a bill to prevent […]

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Senate Appropriations Committee Hears Key Health Access Bill and Special Session Tobacco Control Legislation

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee heard Health Access sponsored bill, AB 533 (Bonta) on “surprise billing” and select special session tobacco control bills. AB 533 (Bonta), which would protect consumers from surprise bills from out-of-network doctors when a consumer does the right thing by going to an in-network hospital, lab or imaging center was not voted […]

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Close-up on AB 533 (Bonta): Protecting Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Consumers know they can save money and limit their out-of-pocket costs by going to an in-network provider.  Too often, however, consumers who do the right thing by going to an in-network hospital or facility end up getting a surprise bill by a doctor who turns out not to be in-network. According to a recent survey […]

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Key Consumer Protections Bills Move Forward

Earlier today Senate Health Committee passed several key bills benefiting health care consumers, including two sponsored by Health Access California: AB 339 (Gordon), dealing with high cost specialty medications and AB 533 (Bonta), which halts surprise bills from out-of-network providers. Both bills go beyond Affordable Care Act to provide improved patient protections—ensuring that the cost sharing […]

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Key Consumer Protection Bills Face Crucial Vote NEXT WEEK

With next Friday’s (July 17) deadline for policy committees to meet and consider bills from the opposite house, critical patient protection bills will be debated and voted on in the Assembly Health Committee this Tuesday and in Senate Health Committee on Wednesday. Community groups have the next few days to mobilize networks to encourage committee […]

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Legislative Recap at Halfway Point: Key Bills Pass Floor Votes

In this article… SB 4 Would Take Historic Steps to Cover Remaining Uninsured Patient Protection Bills to Limit Out-of-Pocket Costs Other bills on transparency, Medi-Cal, and more This blog entry was written by Sawait Hezchias-Seyoum, Health Care Policy Advocate, Health Access. The Senate and Assembly adjourned yesterday, one day ahead of the June 5th deadline to […]

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Key Health Consumer Bills Move to Floor NEXT WEEK

California Legislative Appropriations Committees just voted to pass key legislation, including SB4 #Health4All (Lara) to expand coverage regardless of immigration status and several patient protection bills limiting out-of-pocket costs. Though some bills were amended in today’s suspense hearings (details below), all will advance to floor votes next week. To advance this year, all bills must […]

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Legislative Re-Cap: After the First Deadline…

Last Friday was the deadline for all policy committees in the California legislature to hear and report on all bills with fiscal implications–and the good news is that many key bills of interest to health care consumers have passed their first critical hearing. While some bills stalled (including almost all of those Health Access opposed but […]

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