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Legislature Holds Informational Hearings on MCO Tax

Today, the Legislature’s special session Committees on Public Health and Developmental Services each held informational hearings on the Administration’s proposed Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax. The hearings were held to help legislators and the public understand the proposal and no votes were taken today. The Administration’s MCO tax proposal is reflected in AB 2x-20 (Bonta) […]

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Photos: Advocates Respond to Gov. Brown’s Budget, Demand “It’s Time” to Invest in Vital Services

On Friday, January 7, the California Health and Human Services Network (HHS Network), a coalition of anti-poverty advocates, held rallies across the state to demonstrate support for an equitable 2015-2016 California budget that proactively fights poverty through investments in health and human services. At the rallies, advocates responded to Gov. Brown’s budget and urged investments […]

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Initial #CABudget Reaction: No New Cuts with MCO Tax–But Recession-Era Health Cuts Continue

Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the 2016-17 state budget, which continues California’s commitments on health care and health reform, but also continues the cuts made during the recession, and doesn’t make the needed investments needed to reduce barriers to coverage, increase access for Medi-Cal patients, or cover the remaining uninsured. Here’s […]

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Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Ruling on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration: What It Means for #Health4All in California

Last Monday the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to block President Obama’s 2014 executive order on immigration, dealing a major setback to efforts to shield an estimated five million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation (learn more here). Issued in November 2014, the President’s executive order would have allowed millions of […]

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DHCS Stakeholder Advisory Committee October 14, 2015: Highlights for Consumer Advocates

Update on MCO (Managed Care Organization) Tax DHCS Director Jennifer Kent opened with an update on the MCO tax and the need to revise it to meet new federal guidelines to broaden the base to all health plans (learn more here).  Last Spring, the Governor called a special session to resolve this and related Medicaid financing […]

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Senator Lara Statewide Community Tour Celebrates #Health4All, Recharges for Work Still To Do

This blog entry was written by Muneera Gardezi, Health Access’ LA-based organizer. Two weeks ago Senator Ricardo Lara gathered with activists in a #Health4All Statewide Community Tour to celebrate the successes of the Health4All Campaign to date and recharge for the work still to do to bring about quality health care and coverage for all […]

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Covered California Board Meeting on 2015-16 Budget: Highlights from June 18, 2015

Following a presentation by Executive Director Peter Lee on Covered California’s “story” of success and need to transition from start up mode to a mature operation with sustainable financing, Thursday’s Board meeting had exactly one action item: approval of the Covered California budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. Comings and Goings Director Lee announced the retirement […]

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This afternoon, the Senate Budget Committee met to review details of the budget deal announced on Tuesday by Governor Brown, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León. Most notably, the agreed upon 2015-16 state budget includes a historic expansion of full-scope Medi-Cal for low-income children regardless of immigration status. While […]

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Breaking News: CA Budget Deal Includes Historic Kids Expansion; But Not Other Medi-Cal Restorations

Pictured above: Beth Capell for Health Access, Senator Ricardo Lara (author of SB 4), and Ronald Coleman of the California Immigrant Policy Center. Big Step Forward on #Health4All Today in a joint press conference with California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, Governor Brown announced a budget deal that […]

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Legislature Passes 2015-16 Budget; Negotiations with Governor Continue

The Legislature voted to pass (Assembly vote- 53-28; Senate vote- 26-13, both along party lines) an on-time budget that includes critical investments in health and human services programs beyond what the Governor proposed in his initial budget and in the May Revision. The Legislature’s proposed augmentations to health items include restoring Medi-Cal benefits that had […]

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